June 20, 2011

June 20th, 2011 by Michael

Between the east end of Speare Hall and the northwest corner of the Silver Center is a Northern Catalpa {C. speciosa} that is in bloom with spikes of white flowers with yellow throats. This tree is a volunteer and has needed little pruning to achieve its current form. The leaves are very large, and the fruit are very long pods that give it its common name: Stringbean Tree, along with the dropping of the spent flowers it has a reputation of being a very dirty tree. On the east side of Hyde Hall at the entrance to the lower level, our Japanese Hornbeam has fruit for the first time since it was planted a decade ago. The fruit looks like small paper lanterns and lends a graceful look to the tree. In front of Prospect Hall is a large planting of ‘Henry’s Garnet’ Virginia Sweetspire {Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’} that has numerous 3″ white flower spikes. This plants most valuable asset is the excellent deep red fall foliage that lasts from early October to mid-November. In front of Lamson Library the ‘Anthony Waterer’ Spiraea {S. japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’} is in bloom with 4″ flat carmine flower clusters above its small green foliage.

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