Archive for January 2016

Crum Woods Chronicle: A Vulnerable Giant

This article is part of an ongoing column called the Crum Woods Chronicle. The Crum Woods Chronicle will be periodic updates and observations about subjects related to natural history, interesting species found in and around the Crum Woods, and exciting events you can get involved in. My hope is that some of these topics will interest you, strengthen your connection to the Crum Woods, and inspire you to explore your backyard a little more often.

Natural areas do not maintain their character and quality independently, especially when they are heavily used by people and embedded in urban environments. Educating yourself

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Plants of the Week: January 11

Ilex pedunculosa (3) JWCBill Frederick ’48 recently toured the numerous hollies planted throughout the Scott Arboretum. Bill, Chuck Hinkle, Garden Supervisor, and I agreed in our appreciation of Ilex pedunculosa. The longstalk holly is unique in that the ¼” fruits are borne on 1” to 2” long stalks. Plus, the entire, lustrous dark green leaves have no spines! Interestingly, male plants generally have darker, more dramatic foliage, especially in the winter months, compared to female plants. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Chionanthus retusus fruit in December (2) JWC

Chionanthus is, in my opinion, an underutilized shrub. Even in winter, this specimen of Chionanthus retusus provides interest with its blueberry …

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Clematis Pruning: The Early Years

July 10 2014 rhr 035Have you ever come across a clematis with long, stringy stems reaching into a towering tree with the glorious blooms gracing only the upper reaches of the tree? These clematis vines can only be admired from afar as the blooms are well above human height. This phenomenon can be avoided with some simple pruning in the early years of your vine.

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Clematis I Am(R) Happy  in full bloom. photo credit: R. Robert

It doesn’t matter whether your specimen is in group 1, 2,3 or A, B, C; the pruning steps are all the same the first three years. This pruning …

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