Sunday, 21 April 2013

Plant ident 27/02/2013 - Woodland & woody plants.

1. Eucalyptus gunnii (Myrtaceae family, endemic to Tasmania). It's not so clear in this photo, but it is interesting how the leaves when they are young start off round and then become these long slender shapes. It is exceptionally cold tolerant and can put up with temperatures of -14°C. It doesn't like chalky/ sandy or overly wet soil. It produces a sap that has been compared something akin to maple syrup which apparently when it ferments is like apple cider (mmm). This featured in my a sumptuous feast of plants post this year.



2. Ceanothus 'Puget's Blue' (Rhamnaceae family), many of them originate from places like California, their hardiness is borderline and a hard winter can knock them out. This cultivar has an AGM award.

3. Prunus persica 'Periana' (Rosaceae family) aka Peach.

7. Prunus spinosa aka Blackthorn, the great hedgerow plant that gives us sloes.

8. Cotoneaster franchetii (Rosaceae), this is a bigger broader leafed one native to southwestern China, northern Myanmar and northern Thailand.

9. Itea ilicifolia (Iteaceae) always elicits admiration. They have holly like leaves and chandeliers of fragrant greenish white flowers.

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10. Cistus corbariensis aka Rock Rose (Cistaceae family). Has shiny green leaves and white flowers.

11. Euonymous europaeus - common spindle tree (Celastraceae family)

12. Lonicera nitida 'Baggenses Gold'

13. Olearia solandrii aka Coastal Daisy Bushy (Asteraceae family) has appeared in the evergreens ident. It is as its common name suggests is great for maritime conditions and is a good wind breaker.

14. Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolares is a climber. The ideal situation for them is degrees of sun and shade throughout the day, but they are great for shady walls.

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