Thursday, April 19, 2007
Early Spiketail (Stachyurus praecox 'Rubriflora')
Stachyurus praecox 'Rubriflora'
Last Saturday as previously posted I went to Wave Hill Gardens and the New York Botanical Garden. They are quite close in distance but quite a bit different in feel to the gardens. Both are world-class plant collections and it was quite a treat to see both gardens in one day. I have been posting photos from Wave Hill all week so I thought I would change it up a bit and use a picture from the Ladies Border at the NYBG. My photographs came out pretty well and I think I would call it a successful afternoon. I learned a few more plants that’s for sure.
This plant was a new one on me. Apparently it is not cultivated much in American gardens. The first picture is ‘Rubriflora’ and it did present a much redder appearance than ‘Magpie’. Theses plants were located in a shady end of the border. It looked like it got only a couple hours of sun. The ‘Magpie’ was in more sun. I don’t really know what the leaves look like but I will post them later in the season when they come out. The flowers are chain-like and from a distance I almost thought they were a catkin or seedpods. On closer inspection they are very nice flowers with the appearance of Mahonia or even Pieris. It gives the nice looking twigs a gracefully pendant look. This shrub is an early bloomer and gets up to about ten feet. The fall colors are said to be a nice mix of yellow and red, again contrasting with those dark branches. I did see it is hardy to USDA Zone 6 so it might be worth a shot here if I can find it.
This picture is of Variegated Stachyurus (Stachyurus chinensis 'Magpie') and I posted it so you could the beautiful way the flowers hang down. Here is a picture of the foliage.
I am entering this picture in the monthly photo contest on the gardening forum I am a member of. The theme is ‘All creatures great and small’.