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Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

6 Jul

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' (02/07/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy'(02/07/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Spring to early summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 9m

Eventual Spread: 10m

Hardiness: 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Family: Fabaceae

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ is a small deciduous tree or large shrub with a spreading sometimes multi-stemmed habit. It purple leaves are inversely heart shaped with entire margins, up to 12cm long and 12cm wide. Its bark is dark and smooth. Its dark pink to white flowers are pea like, up to 15mm long and appear before its leave in clusters on old wood. Its fruit is a pea like seed pod, when mature it is brown and up to 10cm long.

The species Cercis canadensis, commonly known as Eastern Redbud, is native to east North America. In its native habitat it grows within deciduous woodlands, usually as an understory plant or at their margins.

The etymological root of the binomial name Cercis was a name given to the plant by the ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus. Canadensis is derived from the Latin meaning ‘from Canada’.

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' Leaf (02/07/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ Leaf (02/07/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ useful as a small tree with attractice spring flowers and purple leaves.

Ecologically, Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ flowers will attract pollinating insects, including bees.

The Royal Horticultural Society have given Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit 1993.

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ prefers moist, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ requires little maintenance. Dead or damaged material may be removed at the end of winter.

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Aesculus pavia

8 Jun

Aesculus pavia (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Aesculus pavia (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 8m

Eventual Spread: 8m

Hardiness: 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Sapindaceae

Aesculus pavia Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Aesculus pavia Flower (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Aesculus pavia is a small deciduous tree or a large shrub with a rounded habit and often multi stemmed. Its dark green leaves are palmately compound with five leaflets, up to 16cm long and 15cm across. Its leaflets are elliptic with serrulate margins, up to 15cm long and 5cm broad. Its grey/ light brown bark is smooth and flaky. Its hermaphroditic red flowers are tubular, up to 3cm long and are produced in erect panicles which are up to 25cm long. Its fruit is a light brown round smooth capsule, are up to 4cm across and contain up to 3 large seed.

Aesculus pavia Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Aesculus pavia Leaf (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Aesculus pavia, commonly known as Red Buckeye or Firecracker Plant, is native to south and east USA. In its native habitat it grow at forest margins and clearings.

The etymological root of the binomial name Aesculus is from the ancient Latin name for the Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum). Pavia is named after Peter Paaw (1564 – 1617), a Dutch botanist.

Aesculus pavia Bark (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Aesculus pavia Bark (22/05/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find Aesculus pavia useful as a small flowering specimen tree. It should be noted the seeds of this tree may be potentially toxic if ingested.

Ecologically, Aesculus pavia flowers are attractive to pollinating insects, including bees.

Aesculus pavia prefers moist, well-drained calcareous soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Aesculus pavia requires little maintenance. Dead or diseased material may be removed in early spring.

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Prunus ‘Ichiyo’

3 Jun

Prunus 'Ichiyo' (23/04/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ (23/04/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 8m

Eventual Spread: 8m

Hardiness: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family:Rosaceae

Prunus 'Ichiyo' Flower (23/04/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ Flower (23/04/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ is a deciduous tree with a vase shaped habit. Its dark green leaves are elliptic with serrate margins, up to 10cm long and 6cm broad. Its leaves are bronze when they emerge and turn orange/ red before they fall in autumn. Its pale pink flowers are double, up to 45mm across and appear at the same time as the leaves and borne in pendulous clusters.

Prunus 'Ichiyo' Leaf (23/04/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ Leaf (23/04/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ originates from Japan and was introduced by Captain Collingwood Ingram (1880 – 1981).

The etymological root of the binomial name Prunus is from the classical name of the Plum tree. Ichiyo is derived from the Japanes meaning ‘one leaf’.

The landscape architect may find Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ useful as a small attractive spring flowering tree.

Prunus 'Ichiyo' Bark (23/04/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ Bark (23/04/2016, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically,   Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

The Royal Horticultural Society have given Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ prefers moist, fertile, deep, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ requires little maintenance. Pruning should be carried out after flowering, from April to July to minimise the risk of Silver leaf infection.

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