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Latest Crop - Pecans, Cherries and Ivy...Oh My!

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Cornelian Cherry 'Elegant'
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Lots of pecan trees, cherry trees and interesting perennials were added to the database last week. Here is a sampling. Consider planting some of these this Fall, if you have room!

Cornelian Cherry 'Elegant'


Corneian Cherries are actually part of the dogwood family but bear fruit. Cornus mas 'Elegant' has striking, bright red, pear-shaped fruit. Virtually unknown in the West, the fruit of this attractive shrub has for centuries been prized from Europe to Central Asia. In America, we know Cornelian-cherry only as an ornamental plant. As an ornamental, it's valued for its very delicate yellow flowers, appearing in early March before the leaves, and for its beautiful yellow and red fall color and bright red fruit. These varieties were bred in Ukraine for their large and tasty fruit. While most varieties are somewhat self-fertile, it is recommended to plant at least two varieties of Cornelian-cherry; 'Elegant' pairs well with 'Helen', for example. They are of fruit-bearing age usually within 2 to 3 years after planting. 


'Kwanzan' Cherry


Kwanzan Cherry produces gorgeous pink double blooms. It is one of the varieties of trees planted in Washington, D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Foliage is a beautiful yellow in the fall. The lifespan of the tree is rather short, only 15-25 years, but it's well worth planting in the landscape. This Cherry is ornamental only - it bears no fruit.


'Missouri Hardy' Pecan Tree


'Missouri Hardy' Pecan Tree is the hardiest Pecan Stark Brothers has ever tested. These seed-grown trees are an ideal selection for planting in cold Northern areas and other locations considered unfavorable to pecans. The nuts are medium large, rich, and highly flavored. Can you taste the pie yet? Vigorous trees bear young and regularly. Plant two or more for best crops. 'Missouri Hardy' reaches 75-100 feet tall, with a might spread, so give it room to grow. The pecans ripen late September to late October. 


English Ivy


English Ivy in my mind is the quintessential Ivy. However, it may be hard to keep up with this fast growing Ivy. Hedera Helix can be aggressive and invasive in the outdoor landscape. It is recommended to actively cut and maintain to keep it growth habit in check. Its dark green, waxy leaves make it an attractive addition in woodlands and in ornamental settings. Additionally, it can be brought indoors, where its growth habit is slowed and can be more easily contained. Outdoors, it will produce a greenish/yellow flower which will mature to a black colored fruit, enjoyed by birds. 


Boston Ivy


Widely seen growing alongside buildings or structures, Boston Ivy is a unique and interesting vine. This climbing ornamental shows glossy green leaves in early Spring and small inconspicuous green flowers in Summer. By Autumn, the leaves change to a reddish/purple color adding Fall interest to the garden. It growth habit is very rapid, as the vine constantly sends out runners. Its aggressive but can be maintained with proper maintenance. 


Happy Gardening!