Saturday, April 5, 2008

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

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

Cercis griffithii. Afghanistan Redbud 15-25'. Closely related to the Judas tree (C. siliquastrum) and as the name suggests, Afghanistan Redbud is native to the Middle East. Useful as a small tree under-planted with perennials. The pale, rosy-magenta flowers persist longer than our native species, and are present when the foliage emerges.

Aesculus × carnea ‘Fort McNair’. Red Horsechestnut 20-25'. Selected for its superior foliage and large clusters of pink flowers with yellow throats, this Aesculus hybrid has resistance to leaf scorch and blotch. Selected on the grounds of Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C.

Cornus kousa ‘Hanros’. Radiant Rose™ Kousa Dogwood 20-30'. The quest is on for a pink flowered Chinese dogwood and this plant results from that pursuit. The flower bracts are pink; the cooler the spring, the deeper the pink. ‘Hanros’ is slightly smaller with a more upright growth habit than other pinks.

Microbiota decussata. Russian Arborvitae 2-3'. A handsome groundcover especially for light shade, Russian arborvitae exhibits purple foliage color in winter. The spreading habit and ferny texture makes this a natural for grouping.

For more information go to the online UDBC Spring Plant Sale catalog at

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