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Topic by Cindy posted 02-14-2012 12:19 AM 1710 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cindy

346 posts in 1404 days
hardiness zone 6

02-14-2012 12:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question native zone 6

This is a native I’m seriously considering for my small tree/large shrub requirement. Anyone here familiar with it? I found it on forestfarm.com. where I’ve been slowly sorting through their immense inventory, looking for ideas.

It is with my size requirements, takes pruning so well it is being used to create hedge mazes, has clear yellow fall foliage, and small pendulous blooms. Looks interesting…only downside is it seems to be a thirsty plant – I’m reading mixed info on that. It grows wild in my zone, apparently it’s pretty common in southern Ohio, only 2 – 3 hours away from me.

I’d love to know if anyone has seen this in person, in the wild or planted. Oh, an added plus is it is a super-magnet for nectar seeking tiger swallowtails!

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~



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Mickey Cassiba

48 posts in 1233 days
hardiness zone 10

02-14-2012 12:57 AM

Never saw one but I’d like to…very pretty. Too bad it’s so hot here, I like bird magnets.

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Cindy

346 posts in 1404 days
hardiness zone 6

02-14-2012 01:26 AM

Sorry, I should have said tiger swallowtail butterflies! I wonder if these pics will post a little bigger – you can’t see anything in the first one…here is the underside of a swallowtail on a bladdernut blossom cluster.

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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Cindy

346 posts in 1404 days
hardiness zone 6

02-14-2012 01:28 AM

btw, I think I’m going to get one…

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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sharad

1646 posts in 1911 days
hardiness zone 11

02-14-2012 06:22 AM

Cindy, thanks for the enlargement of the picture. The plant as well as the butterfly look so beautiful.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Radicalfarmergal

4305 posts in 1956 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-14-2012 01:05 PM

I think you have made a lovely choice, Cindy.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

5081 posts in 2324 days
hardiness zone 5a

02-14-2012 01:25 PM

I don’t know this one. What is the growing zone limits for this one, Cindy?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

14686 posts in 2694 days
hardiness zone 5b

02-14-2012 02:04 PM

by the pictures .. i thought you were showing us a “silverbells” tree. Similar little flowers.

Glad to hear that you’ve made a decision! :) Now to go shopping!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Cindy

346 posts in 1404 days
hardiness zone 6

02-14-2012 09:19 PM

From my limited reading, it appears to be hardy to zone 5, -10F to -20F. It’s an eastern North America native. It rarely get below 0 degrees here, unless it’s wind chill.

I’m going to get one from forestfarm.com. I spoke with my neighbor today – the one who’ll have to see it too – and she’s fine with it. I’m going to make sure it never encroaches over the property line. Since my living room windows run 6’ to 9’ above ground level, I’m hoping I’ll get to see many butterflies from the comfort of my chair – lol!

jroot, there is also a European Bladdernut tree, and it has showier flower clusters than the North American species, it can be found at the same website if you’re interested in seeing it…

I know what’s going to happen. As soon as I purchase and plant one, I’ll start seeing them in every wild, scruffy place I go – free for the taking ; )

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~

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jroot

5081 posts in 2324 days
hardiness zone 5a

02-15-2012 01:03 PM

Thanks Cindy. I’ll keep my eyes open.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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