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Plant of the Week: June 27

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Entering the Wister Center parking lot, it is difficult not to notice two towering, stately, Pinus nigra. These Austrian pines have striking, patterned bark; undulating, light gray bands inlaid with creamy, golden hues; and are cleaved vertically with soot-black stripes. Pinus nigra grows quickly (1 -2 feet per year) for a coniferous tree, can adapt to different types of soil, and is frost-resistant; it can tolerate shade but prefers full sun. The conical shape usually associated with conifers comes with age for Pinus nigra. Austrian pine, like many other trees, can be used to make timber …

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Plant of the Week: June 20

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Fagus sylvatica ‘Red Obelisk’

Fagus sylvatica ‘Red Obelisk’ is a European beech cultivar located in the courtyard of Worth Residence Hall. This narrow growing cultivar has foliage that stays red throughout the year. This tree will grow up to forty feet high, and maintains a very narrow width of approximately ten feet. The Red Obelisk beech requires full sun and moist soil, and is a low maintenance tree making it a great tree for the home landscape. Life expectancy is a solid 120 years. Photo Credit: Josh Coceano

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Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’ is a well-respected honeysuckle cultivar. Located …

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Enkianthus campanulatus (redvein enkianthus)

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The genus Enkianthus was first described by 18th century Portuguese naturalist João de Loureiro in the publication of his work “Flora Cochinchinensis”. Coming from the Greek “énkyos” and “anthus” it literally translates to “pregnant flower,” likely from the inflated, fused corollas found on some (but not all) species. It is a genus of small shrubs and trees in the family Ericaceae (closely related to Rhododendron), and is prevalent in open woodlands from the eastern Himalayas, south into Vietnam, and as far northeast as Japan. Some sources say that, “cladistically, Enkianthus is considered the most basal genus of Ericaceae,” …

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