Archive for February 2015

Croton alabamensis

Have you ever passed judgment on a plant based on a name association? Snubbed a Prunus for instance because it reminds of you of Bradford pears?  Dismissed every Ilex because most are prickly? I did such a thing with Croton alabamensis.

Many are familiar with croton (Codiaeum), the vibrant colored houseplant with leaves ablaze in shades of yellow, orange, red, green, and pink. photo credit: J. Coceano

Many are familiar with croton (Codiaeum), the vibrant colored houseplant with leaves ablaze in shades of yellow, orange, red, green, and pink. While the plants are no doubt colorful, they …

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Plants of the Week: February 16

Corylus fargesii needs more praise! Farges hazelnut attributes include peeling creamy salmon-brown bark (think river birch bark), serrated green leaves transitioning to yellow autumn color, and resistance to eastern filbert blight.  Several nurseries have high hopes for C. fargesii, placing this Asian native at the top of the list of plants with up and coming landscape potential. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Garden location: raised circle planting in front of Lang Music building

 

Betula nigra ‘Little King’ also marketed and sold under the name Fox Valley TM is but one of several river birch cultivars. Touted for its dense, …

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