Archive for January 2012

Plants of the Week – January 16

Rhapidophyllum hystrix in Winter Container (1) JWCRegarded as the hardiest palm, Rhapidophyllum hystrix, or needle palm, is a small, shrubby palm averaging 4-6’ in height. Native to the southeastern United States, needle palms thrive on shady wooded slopes and moist forested bottomlands. Gardener Nicole Selby has planted R. hystrix within the protection of the Cosby Courtyard where it survived through the 2010-2011 winter. Check out the Jan.-Feb. 2012 issue of Green Scene magazine for additional information on hardy palms.  Photo credit: J. Coceano

Cornus alba 'Bud's Yellow' (4) JWCCornus alba ‘Bud’s Yellow’ is at its best during winter when the low, angled light of early morning or mid-afternoon illuminate the …

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Sorbus alnifolia

Sorbus alnifolia fall color photo credit: J. CoceanoNow that the brisk temperatures of January are setting in, I have noticed trees and shrubs showing off their winter interest.  One tree that grabs my attention every time I walk by is Sorbus alnifolia. This tree has show-stopping qualities not only in winter, but throughout the year.

ISSUE 179 small web The November issue of Gardens Illustrated featured a plant profile on Sorbus.  This genus includes about 100 species of trees and shrubs, which go by a variety of common names such as mountain ash, rowan, and service tree.  While the magazine highlights the many desirable traits of Sorbus, such as …

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Plants of Week – January 9

Prunus mume 'Fragrant Snow' (3) JWCCamellia Forest Nursery considers Prunus mume ‘Fragrant Snow’ to be the best white-flowering variety of Japanese apricot. The deciduous tree, ultimately reaching 25’ in height with a similar spread, produces fragrant semi-double flowers in January. Seen here on a hillside beside McCabe Library, P. mume ‘Fragrant Snow’ will flower over a period of several weeks. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Pinus strobus 'Pendula' (2) JWCCascading branches of Pinus strobus ‘Pendula’ soften the lines of Sharples Dining Hall. P. strobus ‘Pendula’ is a semi-dwarf cultivar typically growing 6-15’ tall with a wider spread. Form is variable and dependent upon pruning and training.  Photo credit: J. Coceano…

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