Archive for January 2017

Plants of the Week: January 9

Corylus fargesii catkins and bark Worth and Mertz Hall (9) JWC

While documented in herbarium specimens, Corylus fargesii was unknown in Western cultivation until two North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium (NACPEC) collecting expeditions to China in 1996 and 2005 returned with seeds of the hazel species. Collectors described it as a truly beautiful tree with exquisite bark. A specimen grown from seed by the Morris Arboretum from the 1996 collection can be seen between Worth Health Center and Mertz Hall. Exfoliating bark in shades of gray, tan and amber bears a resemblance to Acer griseum and Betula nigra. Numerous pendant clusters of catkins hang from terminal branch ends. Toothed, oval-shaped …

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Plants of the Week: January 2

stewartia-rostrata-jtb-3Stewartia rostrata

Winter is a great time of year to appreciate how this Stewartia earned its specific epithet. The species name rostrata comes from the Latin meaning “beaked” or “hooked,” referring to the ½” long beak-like protrusions that develop at the ends of the seed capsules, giving them a unique “bird’s-head” appearance. Generally a medium-sized tree growing to 20 to 30 feet tall, Stewartia is in the tea family Theaceae and is closely related to Camellia. This particular species, originally from China, blooms bright-white in May-June, after it drops its petals it begins forming the unique seed pods. A ten-year …

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