Plants of the Week – March 19
Two mature Magnolia x soulangiana create a pink aura above the Wharton Hall courtyard. The cross is noted for being a heavy producer of cup-like flowers. Many magnolias are in full bloom, particularly those planted near the Worth Health Center. Interested in learning more about magnolias? Laura Stiebitz wrote an article titled A Spotlight on Four Stunning Species of Magnolias in the Spring 2012 edition of the Hybrid. Photo credit: J. Coceano
Pendant male catkins on Corylus heterophylla var. thunbergii elongate in late winter. This particular plant, located near Mertz Hall, arrived as seed in 1993 from Chollipo Arboretum in South Korea. Photo credit: J. Coceano
Narcissus, planted in abundance along Magill Walk, brighten overcast days. The genus is divided into distinct divisions based upon flower form and genetic background. The trumpet division is one of the most well-known divisions and characteristic of genus. Photo credit: J. Coceano
Stachyurus is a genus deserving more consideration in the garden. S. praecox is an upright, arching shrub creating an overall rounded outline. Pendulous racemes, composed of numerous yellow inflorescences, appear in March-April. Plants thrive in full to partial sun. Photo credit: J. Coceano
Nancy in NW PAPosted at 11:50h, 21 March
“Stachyurus is a genus deserving more consideration in the garden. S. praecox is an upright, arching shrub creating an overall rounded outline”. Sold me.
Now I want one. Thanks
Josh CoceanoPosted at 08:34h, 23 March
Stachyurus is certainly worth locating and adding to the garden. There are several additional species and several cultivars of S. praecox, including one with variegated leaves, but I am partial to the species. The floral display is one-of-a-kind!