May 24, 2011

May 24th, 2011 by Michael

At the rear of the Russell House is our oldest Flowering Dogwood {Cornus florida} with large white bracts. This is one of the best ornamental trees and we are on the fringe of its hardiness zone. Most years the bracts, these look like petals, are injured by the cold. The leaf buds are hardier and are not bothered by our colder temps. Still worth growing, this tree has a very nice layered branch structure, and wonderful red fall foliage and often some red fruit. Along the stone wall on the east side of Belknap Hall is a Carolina Silverbell with small white bell shaped flowers along its branches. This tree also is at the edge of its hardiness zone and after being planted over 30 years ago, it is only recently that it does not die back to the ground. In front of the Frost House is our weeping ‘Louisa’ Crabapple {Malus ‘Louisa’} that has pink flowers that will be followed by yellow fruit. I think this tree has the best weeping form of any of the weeping Crabapples and was named by the late Polly Hill of Martha’s Vineyard. In front of the HUB are several ‘Madonna’ Crabapples {Malus ‘Madonna’} that have fragrant double white flowers that last a little longer than the usual single flowers of Crabapples. These trees have a very dense branching habit. On the south side of Speare Hall are three ‘Adirondack’ Crabapples {Malus ‘Adirondack’} that have a unique vase shape and are covered with white flowers. This tree was introduced by our National Arboretum and is considered completely disease resistant. On the east side of Speare Hall is a large Lantanaphyllum Viburnum {V.x rhytidophylloides} that has cream colored flower clusters above its heavily textured foliage. Clusters of red fruit follow in August that will turn black all too quickly.

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