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Davidia involucrata bracts

Davidia involucrata bracts

Plant of the month for May is... Our Davidia is now in full flower. Or is it? The "Handkerchiefs" are actually bracts, which are modified leaves. The flower is in the centre of the two 'Leaves'. Ernest Wilson travelled some 2000 miles only to find the tree he was...

Plant of the month for April

Plant of the month for April

This time of year it's really hard to pick only one plant of the month. But when she is in flower (and to be honest even if she isn't) Rhododendron faconeri is just simply stunning. This Himalayan species introduction is usually credited to Sir Joseph hooker in 1850...

Plant of the month for March

Plant of the month for March

The plant of the month for March 2018 is… Rhododendron spinuliferum This unusual species originates in South Yunnan, China. I saw it growing on the side of roads, embankments and footpaths while travelling through Yunnan In February 2012. The leaves are bristly with...

Plant of the month for February is…

Plant of the month for February is…

Edgeworthia chrysantha Not sure why i haven't nominated this shrub before. She is a stunner. The clusters of heavily scented yellow flowers nod and fill the air during late winter. The flowers are coated in white/silvery hairs which is an added attraction during the...

The first plant of the month for 2018 is…

The first plant of the month for 2018 is…

Camellia saluenensis 'Trewithen Red'. A dark form of the species C. saluenensis which was introduced by George Forrest, from Yunnan China, in 1918. Named for many a year here at Trewithen as C. saluenensis 'Dark Form' the name 'Trewithen Red' was first used in the...

And the winner is….

And the winner is….

Voting for the 2017's Plant Personality of The Year awards were, for the first time, opened up to our Twitter followers. The results were as follows (feel the suspense building) In 3rd place with 0% of the vote is: Cornus kousa var.chinensis A surprise not to receive...

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