Horticulture Report: Calycanthus ‘Venus’

Plant Name: Calycanthus ‘Venus’Calycanthus Venus
Common Name: Sweetshrub
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Height: 8-10 ft
Spread:   5-7 ft
Bloom Time:  May to July
Flower Color:  White,  with purple & yellow centers
Exposure: Full Sun or Part Shade (tolerates being almost in full shade)
Soil Requirements: Rich well-drained loam, but tolerates clay soil
Water Needs: Medium moist
Attributes:Showy Magnolia-like fragrant flowers, Glossy green leaves, Fall color
Note: Prune out root suckers to prevent spreading
Uses:  Hedge, Accent or Specimen Plant, Foundation Plantings, Cut Flowers, Naturalizing
Native to: Hybridized patented plant by Dr. Tom Ranney, North Carolina State University
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9

 

 

 

(Available at Forest Farms Nursery, Williams Oregon)

Advertisements

Dappled Japanese Willow

Plant Name: Salix Integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’Salix integra Hakuro nishiki
Common Name: Dappled Japanese Willow
Plant type:  Deciduous shrub
Height:  4-6 ft
Spread:  5-7 ft
Bloom Time:   March- April
Flower Color:   Yellow with small catkins (insignificant)
Exposure: Full Sun (with afternoon shade) – Part Shade
Soil Requirements:  Fertile well-drained
Water Needs: Medium to Wet
Attributes:   Colorful Variegated Leaves which are pink in the spring, then mature to variegated shades of pink, creamy white & green, Fall Color of yellow leaves

Uses: Hedge, Shrub Borders,  Stream or Pond Edges, Rain Garden, Wet areas, Erosion control, Winter Interest with gray/green bark
Note:  Tolerates Black Walnut, Tolerates wet areas
Native to: China, Japan, Korea & southeastern Siberia
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Crepe Myrtle

Plant Name: Lagerstroemialagerstroemia_dynamite
Common Name: Crepe Myrtle
Plant type: Deciduous Ornamental Tree
Height: Large trees 20 ft & up,Small trees 10 -20 ft,
Shrubs 5-10 ft, Dwarf shrubs 2-3 ft
Bloom Time:  Late Summer  
Flower Color: White, Pink, Red, Purple
Exposure:  Full Sun (afternoon shade in hot summer areas)
Soil Requirements: Well Drained Acidic Soil
Water Needs: Moist
Attributes:  Very Showy Flowers, Fall Leaf Color
Note: Blooms on new growth. Prune late winter or early spring before leaves form. Lightly fertilize with balanced fertilizer 10-10-10 in the spring, do not over fertilize.
Uses: Accent Tree, Ornamental, Shrubs & small trees in perennial beds, small shrubs as border planting
Native to: China
USDA Hardiness Zone: 7-9

Horticulture Report: Oakleaf Hygrangea

Plant Name: Hydrangea quercifolia Hydrangea_quercifolia_ Oakleaf
Common Name : Oakleaf Hydrangea
Cultivar: Ice Crystal
Plant type: Deciduous Shrub
Height:   3-6 Ft tall – 3-6 Ft wide
Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
Flower Color: Creamy White aging to Pink (clusters of conical shaped flower heads)
Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
Soil Requirements: Acid soil, Excellent Drainage
Water Needs: Low to Moderate ( prefers drier soil after established)
Attributes: Showy Flowers, Interesting Leaves that turn red in Autumn, USA Native, Compact Mounding Shrub, Papery Bark, Multi-Stemmed, Fragrant Flowers.
Note: Will not tolerate “wet feet”. Plant will get root rot very fast if left in soggy soil!
Uses: Woodland Plant, Borders, Group Plantings
USDA Zone: 5-9 ( hardy to -20 F)

By Carlotta Lucas

Horticulture Report: Clerodendrum Trichotomum

Plant Name: Clerodendrum TrichotomumClerodendronTrichotomum
Common Name: Harlequin Glorybower
Plant type:  Deciduous Shrub or Small Tree
Height:   10 ft – 20 ft
Bloom Time:  July to September
Flower Color: White, Jasmine-like Tubular Flowers
Exposure:  Full Sun to Part Shade
(hardy but needs some protection)
Soil Requirements: Rich Well-Drained Soil
Water Needs:  Average, do not over water
Attributes:  Unique Leaf Aroma smells like Peanut Butter, Fragrant Tubular Flowers, Showy Iridescent Blue Fruit Surrounded by a Fleshy Red Calyxclerodendrum_trichotomum
Note: Seeds & parts of plant are poisonous if ingested, Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction.
Uses: Hedges, Showy Ornamental,  Late Summer Flowers, Summer Interest
USDA Zone: 7a-9b