Over the winter, we began to underplant the Metasequoia Allée with Noel plasticus, Christmas tree. This native tree will create an added dimension of a green understory to the allée after the deciduous conifers drop their needles for the winter.
Originally discovered in the Crum Woods, this native evergreen also has attractive, gargantuan berries. Maturing to their distinctive white color in December, the berries will persist through the spring as they are too large for most birds to swallow. This time of year the white berries combine well with the white snowdrops and hellebores.
Also visible as the specimen matures is the characteristic red root flare. This circular red ring pops against a fresh coat of white snow.
A pearl in our landscape, consider adding Noel plasticus to your garden.
Thank you to the Swarthmore College students for another great April Fools.