Plants of the Week – April 16

Gelsemium sempervirens 'Margarita' (6) JWCGelsemium sempervirens ‘Margarita’ is regarded as the hardiest jessamine. In 2005 the vine was awarded the Gold Medal from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Golden yellow trumpet-shaped flowers bloom in late spring. The twining vine, reaching 8-12’ in height, is ideal for trellises, fences, and arbors. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Aesculus wilsonii purple new growth (6) JWCAesculus wilsonii is a rarely seen horse chestnut native to China. Aesculus wilsonii purple leaf form is a relatively new addition to the arboretum’s collection. Leaves emerge purple, retain the bold coloration for several weeks, then transition to dark green for the remainder of the season. Both Aesculus wilsonii and A. wilsonii purple leaf form can be seen growing between the Faulkner Tennis Courts and Sharples Dining Hall. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Paeonia 'Tama tenshu' bloom detail (1) JWCPaeonia ‘Tama tenshu’ is a mid-blooming Japanese tree peony noted for the purity and clarity of its white petals. Check out the tree peony collection between Clothier Hall and Sharples Dining Hall – much of the collection is in bloom. Interested in learning more? Join the Scott Arboretum on May 2nd for a tree peony collection tour and reception with the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Aureomarginatum' leaf detail (1) JWCLiriodendron become spectacular large trees over time. The genus is known for vibrant fall color and tulip-like flowers. Liriodendron tulipifera ‘Aureomarginatum’ has the same qualities as the species with variegated leaves. A specimen is planted between the Tree Peony Collection and Sharples Dining Hall. Photo credit: J. Coceano

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