Plants of the Week: 26.11.13

Malus ‘Profusion’Orchard

Common name – crab apple. A spreading deciduous tree, young leaves are slightly purple turning later bronze/green. The flowers are reddish/purple followed by pink/purple fruit in the autumn. At Sissinghurst this year there have been a mass of crab apples compared to last year when there were hardly any.

Malus 'Profusion'

Malus ‘Profusion’

Ceanothus ‘Gloire de Versailles’ Lower Courtyard

This deciduous shrub has broad oval glossy green leaves with a red pigmentation in the stem. The flowers are presented in large panicles of scented pale blue flowers. It is fully hardy but best kept in a sheltered position. At Sissinghurst we have Ceanothus ‘Gloire de Versailles’ being trained against the wall in a sunny position. Over the years we have formed a framework which is tied on to the training wires, it is pruned back hard late in the season.

Ceanothus 'Gloire de Versailles'

Ceanothus ‘Gloire de Versailles’

 Piptanthus LaburnifoliusCottage Garden / Below South Cottage

Common name – evergreen laburnum. Native to the Himalayas and other parts of Asia. This is a semi evergreen slightly tender shrub which has to be put in a sunny sheltered position. The dark green leaves are stalkless and lanced shaped, the underside of the leaves is a blue-green. The young stems in early spring are almost black and look great as a backdrop as well as the legume like bright yellow flowers that smell like vanilla.

Piptanthus laburnifolius

Piptanthus laburnifolius

Parahebe perfoliataTop Courtyard

Common name – Diggers speedwell. Native to Australia, found 1834. This has distinctive glaucus leaves which wrap around the stem (perfoliate), the leaves feel like a succulent; slightly think and rubbery. This is a hardy evergreen sub shrub which has long elegant sprays of blue flowers that look very elegant. Should be planted in a sunny sheltered spot.

Parahebe perfoliata

Parahebe perfoliata

Crataegus crus-galli Moat Walk

Common name – Cockspur hawthorn. Native to North America. This small tree has dark green glossy green leaves which turn yellow to red in the fall. The flowers are small and white and have an unpleasant scent, the fruits are small pomes that vary in shades of red. They also have long thorny stems which can be several centimetres long.

crataegus crus-galli

crataegus crus-galli

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’Moat Walk

Common Name -Sweet-gum. Native to North America. This is a popular ornamental deciduous tree known for its star shaped leaves, spikey fruit and autumn colour. The leaves are similar to a maple and turn to deep orange/red/yellow in autumn putting on a long display of colour. There is a great view of the liquidambar from the top of the tower or the top of Moat Walk at Sissinghurst.

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon'

Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’

Jon Fenlon

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