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 Astrantia major 'Lars' for it's ornate, richly colored blooms, that look great in an arrangement, either fresh or dried. Celebrating bright and cheerful colors, crowns of maroon bracts deliver gorgeous cherry red floral mounds with lighter pink centers. ‘Lars’s blooms loll high above broad deep green lobed leaves on slender stems. This energetic Danish cultivar looks a bit like an overly exuberant Italian Flat Parsley and makes an unparalleled up-front cottage-style filler that is easy to care for.
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