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Re: newest plants


My soil is acidic.  Maybe that makes the difference.
zem
----- Original Message ----- From: "Patricia" <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 10:32 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] newest plants


Since we are alkaline what do you think if I plant the fothergillas at the edge of my 3 huge 30+ year old pine trees.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 10:10 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] newest plants


One reason Fothergilla is iffy here is pH. They like it slightly acidic, like 5.0-6.0. Mine didn't survive a year. Speaking of 'Cherry Berry', there's a Hosta by that name I'd like to have.

Kitty
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Cathy Carpenter" <cathy.c@insightbb.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2007 9:53 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] newest plants


Callicarpa americana is marginal here. Mine is planted in a very
protected, west facing nook. Gets afternoon sun. Dies to the ground
most winters, but has consistently returned. Lovely purple berries
this year. Do you have Ilex decidua pollinators for "Cherry Berry"?
Fothergilla is very temperamental around here. I have a couple doing
quite well, but another two dead or dying. Cannot figure it out...

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Nov 9, 2007, at 10:43 PM, Patricia wrote:

I went to help another girl buy a tree and I ended up with several
good buys.  I got these at the local nursery where the owner is a
tree expert, he goes on seed hunting expeditions and has started
some wonderful trees and shrubs.
I bought one of his own named varieties of Ilex decidua "Cherry
Berry" Possumhaw.  I bought a one gallon very small one so this
year it won't be very showy but next year I expect great things
from it.   He also let me have a great dogwood that he found the
seeds from trees growing between Ft. Worth and Dallas out in full sun.
I also bought a one gallon Chamaecyparis obtusa "Crippsii",  a one
gallon Callicarpa americana beautyberry, a one gallon Fothergilla
major "Mt. Airy"bottlebrush.
The Chamaecyparis he recommended as one of the hardiest in for our
area. The Callicarpa is loaded with purple berries and the
Fothergilla has wonderful fall color.
Do any of you have any recommendations for where to plant them or
what they need.  He told me to remember that the dogwood is still a
dogwood and would need water no matter where he got it from.
Tricia
zone 6b
where fall is in full swing
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