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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...

The Empress of Winter, Plant (plants) of the month for November

The Empress of Winter, Plant (plants) of the month for November

The Empress of winter is a name given to Camellia sasanqua by the Chinese. It sums up what the plant has to offer. Lightening up a dull late autumn/early winters day with its cheerful flowers Camellia sasanqua is truly an empress. This season is proving to be...

October’s plant of the month is…

October’s plant of the month is…

Euonymus cornutus var. quinquecornutus This rare small shrub has a graceful, loose, weeping habit. The unusual flowers develop into fruit that appear as if a spider has attached the seed to the plant with a strand of web. They have been described a looking like "A...

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