at Digging Dog
Here’s a hard-to-find ornamental tree named for its extravagance of creamy white, fringy flowers that dangle in fragrant, drooping clusters 9 in. long and 4 in. wide. Branching low with a widespreading, but upswept habit, this deciduous tree develops a teardrop form if the lowest branches are retained.
The light green leaves, gray-green beneath, offer yellow fall color that persists for some time, and
contrasts nicely with the gray snakeskin bark, enhanced by orange-tan streaks. Shown to advantage on
the bare branches of winter, clusters of small, fuzzy gray fruit are a bonus in arrangements. Aside from
its year-round loveliness, which is best viewed in an elevated position, Epaulette Tree can tolerate wind, and clay or sandy soil. Large Band.
Size: 15'–20' high x 10'–40' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Pterostyrax hispida (T-0018)
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Current Staff’s Favorite Plant
Our favorite plant this week: We love Viola ‘Rebecca’ for it's sweet, delectable scent and tidy compact clumps of dapper evergreen foliage. All are equally captivating, though no two are alike, each ebullient white flower showcases a creamy lemon flushed center and irregularly patterned, deep violet edges. This sweet smelling Viola should be ensconced near a well-traveled path or seating area, where its plentiful color flecked flowers can be easily relished ‘till the first hard frost.
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