Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Nursery and Landscape - Plants to Consider for Delaware Landscapes Featured at the Upcoming UDBG Plant Sale

This is the sixth in a series of plants to consider for Delaware Landscapes featuring those plants that are being offered at the UDBG Spring Plant Sale.

Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’ Lavender Twist®. Eastern Redbud 4-8'. You have seen weeping willows and weeping cherries, now there is a weeping redbud. The distinctive habit enhances the garden in all four seasons. Plants are typically trained up to 2 to 3 ft., then allowed to weep. Numerous deep colored buds that open to rosy-pink flowers accentuate the habit.

Aesculus pavia ‘Humilis’. Red Buckeye 15-30'. Native to the southeastern and southcentral U.S., this adaptable plant can be grown as a large shrub or small tree. The pure red flowers appear in late spring and contrast well against the deep green foliage. While the leaves do not have any significant fall color, they are free from

Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’. Japanese Plum Yew 5-10'. A great alternative to Japanese Yew that tolerates drought and heat and deer don't like it. The shiny, dark evergreen foliage accentuates the vertical stems of this selection. Plants are ½ - ¾ wide as tall.

Corylopsis pauciflora. Buttercup Winterhazel 4-6'. The smallest and most graceful of the winterhazels and difficult to find in the trade. In early spring, clusters of pale yellow flowers glow like lanterns. Summer foliage is a distinctive bright green with prominent bristle-tipped teeth. Autumn color is straw yellow. Cut branches early to bring inside to force flowers.

For more information go to the online UDBC Spring Plant Sale catalog at http://ag.udel.edu/udbg/events/documents/UDBGCat08.pdf

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