May 9, 2011

May 9th, 2011 by Michael

At the south end of the stone wall below Belknap Hall is a Redbud {Cercis canadensis} budded out and just days away from full bloom. The buds are a deep pink and will lighten in color as they open. Our largest Redbuds are on the north side of D&M, and are certainly worth a walk when in full bloom. In front of Highland Hall on Highland Street is our ‘Elizabeth’ Magnolia {M.x ‘Elizabeth’}, this is our only yellow flowered Magnolia on campus and was our 2009 Arbor Day planting. It is from a hybrid cross done at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 1956 and was named in 1978 in honor of the director of the BBG, Elizabeth Scholz. Next to the Redbud is a group of ‘Molly Fordham’ Rhododendrons {R. x ‘Molly Fordham’} that have white flowers above their evergreen foliage. These plants as well as the PJM Rhododendron were hybridized at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton, Mass.

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