Who would have thought this fantastic tropical-looking evergreen would be hardy here and yet it is. It 's weathered the worst of the winters from Vancouver BC to Portland with nary a whimper. In Fine Gardening, we said this was like having a shirtless d'Angelo serving drinks at your garden party. This plant is hot!
A Steve Hootman collection of this surprisingly hardy species which has cranked along happily outside here in the PNW since the late 90's and a fine 18' specimen can be seen growing happily at the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden in their woodland. A rare species that is not widely offered, this is certainly good to the low teens.
A collection by Josh McCullough from northern Vietnam of this smaller and graceful species. Unlike many of the other species, this flowers very young with open panicles of small white flowers clustered in balls which turn into attractive black fruit. This has proven hardy in zone 8 and is good for the smaller garden.
A precocious species which can flower the first year from seed with spherical clusters of dusky cream florets. The flowers, while quietly attractive, are eclipsed by the showy fruit congregated in impressive large black balls which many find quite favorable. This was found growing epiphytically on a large fallen log spanning a streamlet and is a good choice for smaller gardens.
A Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy Offering. A bold plant of 12' forming part of the species-dense broad-leaf forest margins on the incredibly steep slopes of a mountain previously not visited by westerners to our knowledge. It was a long day's climb which ended in the dark with rain and wind on a bare ridge hoping the tent didn't blow away with us in it. Fortunately, after 20+ miles and 5800' feet elevation gain, sleep came easy! Broad leaves with up to 14 leaflets held on petioles touched in red. Cream flowers and black fruit on dendritic panicles. Proceeds from this goes to the FRBC.
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