Archive for December 2010

Plants of the Week – December 20

Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Angel' (3) JWCA dense habit with crinkled, dark green leaves and red fruits, Ilex x meserveae Blue Angel® can be found along the entrance path to John W. Nason Garden. photo credit: J. Coceano

Polystichum acrostichoidesPolystichum acrostichoides, commonly known as the Christmas fern, is found throughout campus and in Crum Woods. It is a very hardy, clump-forming, evergreen fern that is native to the east coast. photo credit: J. Coceano

Sciadopitys verticillata 'Wintergreen' close (3) JWCSciadopitys verticillata ‘Wintergreen’, located behind Papazain Hall, common name Japanese umbrella pine was named for its distinct foliage effect. photo credit: J. Coceano

Sarcococca orientalis (3) JWC

Sarcococca orientalis, also known as sweet box or Christmas …

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Mahonia x media

Mahonia x media 'Lionel Fortescue'  photo credit: J. CoceanoAny plant that offers cheer during the winter months is appreciated.  When one thinks of winter interest, evergreens, berries, and bark generally come to mind.  Flowers?  Not usually, unless you are familiar with Mahonia x media.  Several cultivars, crosses between Mahonia lomariifolia and M. japonica, bloom during December.

Mahonia x media 'Charity' (2) JWC

Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ photo credit: J. Coceano

Mahonia was named in honor of Philadelphia horticulturlist Bernard McMahon who is credited for introducing the plant from materials collected during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Some 70 species make up the genus, including the Northwestern native Mahonia aquifolium.  This evergreen …

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Plants of the Week – December 13

Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' (3) JWCNear the Hamamelis collection, Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ semi-double pink flower’s appears sporadically in fall, then fully flower the following spring. photo credit: J. Coceano

Lagerstroemia fauriei 'Fantasy' (2) JWCLagerstroemia fauriei ‘Fantasy’, found near Old Tarble, is a handsome small tree with eye-catching bark. photo credit: J. Coceano

Cedrus libani (2) JWCCedrus libani between Mertz and Old Tarble is commonly known as the “Cedar of Lebanon”. This slow growing evergreen has wide-sweeping branches often touch the ground (a 80-100’ spread!). photo credit: J. Coceano

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Corky' JWCLiquidambar styraciflua ‘Corky’, near the Hamamelis collection along Sharples Dining Hall, produces corky, winged branches and has good fall color. photo credit: J. …

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