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x Gordlinia

The irresistible brainchild of NCSU professor Dr. Thomas Ranney, this rare intergeneric cross inherits each of its parents’ finest traits: the hardiness of Franklinia plus Gordonia’s cultural ease. The small attractively shaped visage premiers large 3 to 4 in. wide, slightly cupped white flowers amidst neat reflective linear green leaves that later spark orange and red colors in autumn. From mid-summer through early fall, exquisite yellow-centered Camellia-like blossoms waft a sweet delicate scent, entrancing butterflies and garden visitors alike. Undaunted by heat and humidity, vigorous Mountain Gordlinia makes a top-notch evergreen specimen in well-drained evenly moist sites with full sun and some light afternoon shade.

Blooms July-September

Size: 20' 0" – 30' 0" high x 10' 0" – 15' 0" wide.

Zone 6/7.

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Our featured plant: Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Our latest newsletter: Cercidiphyllum japonicum: A tree brimming with elegance; Autumnal Allure; Late Season Sale!

Cercidiphyllum japonicum: A tree brimming with elegance....

An inhabitant of China and Japan, Cercidiphyllum japonicum usually grows as a refined multitrunked tree with a pyramidal to rounded canopy. Cloaking gracefully structured branches, the lovely somewhat heart-shaped deciduous leaves unfurl in bronzy purple tones, and later exhibit medium bluish green hues for summer. The foliar grand finale includes brilliant yellow, apricot, orange or mauve colors plus a sweet strawberry-like scent that wafts some 15 feet or further on sunny, warm fall afternoons. This easy-care tree prefers adequate moisture as well as some protection from hot scorching sun and drying winds.

Autumnal Allure...

One of the greatest joys of gardening is witnessing the changes that occur in our landscapes throughout the year, and many deciduous woody plants pretty much top the list for affording dynamic seasonal transformations, especially in autumn. Most of the trees and shrubs featured in this newsletter are renowned for both their handsome habits and prismatic fall displays. We’ve also included a few of our favorite perennials that lend late season floral or foliar intrigue.

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