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Heptacodium miconioides Eucommia ulmoides
Magnolia kobus var kobus (Kobushi Magnolia)
Our Price: $3.50
43 in stock!
Eucommia ulmoides (Hardy Rubber Tree)
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29 in stock!

Beautiful deciduous magnolia from the mountains of Japan. White fragrant flowers in mid April have a light pink stripe. Small shapely leaves. Nice tree overall with an upright pyramidal form. One of the parents to Loebneri hybrids. Firm petals don't mope in Spring rains nor succumb to Spring frosts. Mature plants are covered in bloom. Very hardy and problem free. Scarlet knobby seed pod/cones in the fall. Collect the seed before the birds and squirrels do!

Years ago I planted one as a late summer nectar source for the bees, but discovered that this species deserves a lot more respect than I first gave it.  White jasmine scented blooms hang in clusters followed by more colour in its bright pink sepals which gives the illusion of continuing bloom.  Growing to 6m tall with a 4m spread.  Multi-stemmed from the base, the pale creamy tan bark exfoliates in long strips.  Seems to be disease and pest free.  Fast growing and flowers at a young age. Tolerant of many soil types and sun exposure.  Drought tolerant when established.  Aptly named as the flowers are clusters of whorls where each whorl consists of 7 flowers. This rare and unusual tree is second only to ginseng in its use in traditional Chinese medicine.  As its name suggests, this is the only temperate latex bearing tree producing 3-4% latex rubber.  Quick growing and tough enough for urban/street tree plantings. Makes a wonderful 20m tall shade ornamental with its thick glossy attractive elm like dark green leaves.  Very nice pale grey bark. Pest free. Gendered species.  You won't be able to make your own tires (yet), but the latex acts as a natural deterrent for many nibbling pests.  Correct harvesting of the bark does not kill the tree, but I'll leave that to the professionals.  Coal deposits in Germany have thick layers composed of Eucommia leaves that still give off a rubber scent when burnt.
Meconopsis betonicifolia Rhododendron cinnabarinum
Rhododendron cinnabarinum
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One of the most sought after treasures of the botanical world.  Clear sky blue flowers held 1-1.5 meters above a basal rosette of foliage studded with golden hair.  Each bloom lasts about 10 days starting late spring and are borne in succession until mid summer.  Though it is monocarpic, good healthy plants will produce daughter offshoots that will in turn create daughter offshoots of their own creating one heck of a self sustaining clump over time.  NEVER divide as you will kill them.  Loves an eastern exposure where it gets morning sun then shade/dappled sun for the rest of the day.

An extremely rare Chinese cousin to North America's Kentucky Coffee Tree. Almost extinct in China and nearly unheard of in cultivation whether in public, private gardens and arboretums. Form is very much like its North American cousin in size and form, except for its remarkable foliage that starts life a royal purple then becoming blue green but retains its purple tint on the reverse. Leaflets are more perfectly oval than lanceolate like is North American kin. Totally unique. Hardiness testing proves this species can survive in pots without protection to -12C without any damage.

Rhodo enthusiasts name this elegant species as one of the most sought after by collectors. Waxy tubular flowers appear in early May and range in colour from mustard yellow to orange to scarlet. In spring, its blue green waxy young leaves have a pleasant cinnamon-camphor scent.  Known to sporadically bloom from June to frost.  Very fine seed.