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Re: Tree help...they are too slow!

  • Subject: Re: Tree help...they are too slow!
  • From: Alttara Scheer alttara@earthlink.net
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 22:33:58 -0400


How nice to hear from you!

I will definitely look into the Malus 'Profusion', which sounds delightful.

I still remember (and covet!) your Cotinus, which name I wrote down so I would not forget it, and I have located a source relatively near my new house, and it will be an early addition to the garden. Surely, though, I will not be able to place it as precisely as you did, to get the magical light effect through the leaves. Yours was a sight to behold.

Now I'm off to look up the Helesia, and see what I can find out about the tree-form Cotinus!


On Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at 10:26 PM, Betbarr@aol.com wrote:

Alttera - I've been going through this "tree" thing for the past two years,
when my 40-year old "traffic stopper", which was a crabapple. bit the dust. I
settled Monday on another crabapple (Malus "Profusion") when I went over to my
favorite nursery in the Berkshires and found a nice small clump type that
should give me the sort of privacy I was used to - you've been here, you know the
amount of traffic that rolls through this tiny village square! It was planted
with great ceremony on Tuesday, and it looks much smaller than it did at the
nursery but it will grow. I ran the whole gamut of trees I would love to
plant, but this one has purple foliage (turning bronze, according to Dirr) and it
should be perfect with the cool wine of the front door on this little Federal
house. Out in back I have a couple of cotinus shrubs that glow almost
orange as the late afternoon sun shines obliquely thru - here's hoping that I get
the same effect with this purple-leaved baby!

Here's one to consider - I was given a Halesia "whip" about five years ago -
it is a "see-through" tree - now about l6 feet tall, graceful and extremely
beautiful. It's been blooming every spring since the day it was planted, and I
eagerly await the arrival of the 'silver bells", about an inch long, which
hang in profusion along the bottom of each branch., which reach almost to the

I would love a redbud but I think I am a bit too far north for it to hang in,
though there are a couple of very mature trees just north of Chatham - at any
rate, I tried it and it didn't hang around for a second year, so I won't do
that again.
Dirr describes a cotinus, tree form, tht has purple foliage and a pink
inflorescence, which sounds interesting.

Keep us posted -

Betty Barrows
Kinderhook NY - Zone 5

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