Archive for March 2016

Plants of the Week: March 28

Trachystemon orientalis JTB[3]Trachystemon orientalis

Sometimes called early borage, Trachystemon orientalis can be found growing on the corner of the bed immediately out the side door of the Wister Center.

True to its common name, T. orientalis is both a member of the Borage family Boraginaceae, and flowers well before the majority of its family. Closely related to the lungwort (Pulmonaria sp.) it features the familiar pink and blue color combination, and the scorpioid cyme flowering habit seen in Pulmonaria species.

The stamens are fused around the pistil in a beak-like structure, which shades from white at the center to purple …

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Plants of the Week: March 14

Cornus mas 'Spring Glow' (5) JWCSpring has sprung! Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ is awash in star-like yellow blossoms. The flowers, borne in umbels, create buttons of color along the branches and open well before the leaves emerge. Cultivars of Cornelian cherry dogwood are more floriferous than the species. An impressive specimen can be seen by Bond Hall. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Westerstede' conti (8)Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Westerstede’ was introduced by Heinrich Bruns of Westerstede, Germany. The cultivar was named after the town where he once maintained a nursery. Pure yellow flowers, borne in abundance, have straight yellow petals rather than crinkly ones. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Magnolia denudata 'Swarthmore Sentinel' (2) JWCMagnolia

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Plants of the Week: February 29

Hamamelis mollis 'Early Bright' Fragrance Garden (5) JWCThe Hamamelis collection is looking mighty spectacular. One of the first to bloom is Hamamelis mollis ‘Early Bright’. This selection is particularly near and dear to the Scott Arboretum. An earlier Garden Seeds blog post explains that “the introduction of this cultivar occurred in 1988, selected for its exceptional, early bloom time. ‘Early Bright’ was first noticed by Steve Wheaton, Swarthmore’s former Director of Grounds. Over several years, he observed that one specimen, growing among a group of other Chinese witch hazels, consistently bloomed two weeks earlier than all the rest. With the help of our Curator (then Plant Recorder), …

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