July 18: Plant of the Week

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Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’ Hybrid Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’ is a hybrid crapemyrtle that grows along the path from the McCabe Library to Mertz Hall. Its parent plants are L. faurieri, a specimen that was first collected in a mountain forest of Kurio, Yakushima, Japan, and L. indica ‘Pink Lace.’ This particular cultivar can be identified by its flaking bark that varies from a pale tan to reddish brown hue. It lives about 34 years, grows to 30 feet tall, and is an interesting addition to the garden. In fall, the leaves change to a yellow to reddish yellow. If planted in …

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Plant of the Week: July 11

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Leucanthemum x superbum

Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Snowbound’, commonly known as the shasta daisy, is a beautiful white flowering perennial. Known as a “classic” shasta daisy is a very popular selection in landscapes. This perennial blooms in clumps, typically 2-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide. The ray and disc flower head consists of yellow disc flowers surrounded by white petals. This perennial requires full sun, and can grow in most soil conditions. Shasta daisy is non-invasive, and is also a good selection for flower arrangements. You can plant these directly by seed in the spring, start them indoors prior to …

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Plant of the Week: July 4

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Metasequoia glyptostroboides line the allée between Kolberg Hall and the Lang Performing Arts Center. As a species, the dawn redwood is over 50 million years old and was once thought to be extinct until, in the early 1940s, a small grove was located in the wilds of China. Since then the trees have been brought back and distributed around the world. They can now be found in numerous locations at the arboretum, and in Cunningham fields. These trees were not originally intended to be planted in the allée, however, due to their ability to adapt to the poor …

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