June 6, 2011

June 6th, 2011 by Michael

In front of the Facilities Services building is a Yellowwood {Cladrastis kentuckea} in full bloom with long pendulous panicles of white flowers up to 14″ long. Bright green foliage and smooth gray bark are also attractive features of this excellent tree native to our Smoky Mountains National Park and sporadically elsewhere in the southern and south-central states. We also have blooming Yellowwood trees in front of Prospect and Pemi Hall. Between the HUB and the President’s residence are mature Black Locust {Robinia psuedoacacia } trees that have also have pendulous white flowers, similar to the Yellowwood, though the panicles are not as long, the flowers are very fragrant. Many of the Black Locust on campus has been removed because they were experiencing significant dieback and posed a safety risk because of their height. The pictures included here were taken on Highland Street just a few blocks west of campus. This tree is the hottest burning fuel wood commonly found in New Hampshire. On the south side of Ellen Reed Hall is a ‘Varied Directions’ European Larch {Larix decidua ‘Varied Directions’} and underneath this attractive dwarf deciduous conifer is a beautiful planting of ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ Sedum {S. floriferum ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’} that is covered in yellow flowers above its succulent green foliage. After a lengthy bloom, the seed can be pruned off and some rebloom will occur. An excellent ground cover that highlights the Larch. Behind the Lamson Library is a ‘Winter King’ Hawthorn {Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’} that has clusters of white flowers. This tree will have fabulous red fruit that will last, with bright red color, well into winter and is the primary reason we grow it.

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