April 28, 2011

April 28th, 2011 by Michael

At the northeast corner of the HUB, outside the Snack Bar, are several Mountain Pieris {P.floribunda} coming into bloom. On this native evergreen shrub, the flower buds are exposed all winter and are opening in this wonderful spell of spring weather. In many places on campus there are ‘Merrill’ Magnolias {M. x loebneri ‘Merrill’} with fragrant white flowers. This selection of Magnolia is one of the best choices for our climate. At the east entrance of Smith Hall is a ‘Centennial’ Star Magnolia with white flowers and a pink blush. This selection was named in honor of the100th anniversary of the Arnold Arboretum, North America’s oldest arboretum. On the west side of Prospect Hall is a group of deciduous ‘Cornell Pink’ Korean Rhododendrons {R. mucronulatum ‘Cornell Pink’} that are our first Rhododendron to bloom each year. Between Bagley House and Blair Hall is a Star Magnolia {M. stellata} that was originally planted by Rounds Hall and is one of the three original Magnolias planted on campus in 1978. This is a smaller plant than the Merrill Magnolia, but also very hardy.

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