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Connoisseur Plants – 1996

Connoisseur Plants are rare, new plants or hard to find old favorites, and they are part of the annual appeal and membership drive to benefit the Arboretum's many fine programs and its day-to-day operational expenses. These wonderful plants were sent to those who joined the Friends of JC Raulston Arboretum in 1996 and in December of the previous year at certain higher membership levels.

In 1996, we offered a total of 21 taxa from which our members were able to choose! These plants are no longer available.

Asarum splendens (Aristolochiaceae)
Chinese wild-ginger
A beautiful broad-leaved evergreen herbaceous perennial ground cover introduced recently from China by the Arnold Arboretum, Boston. Can reach 1' in height with silver mottled green foliage. Propagated slowly by division of clumps. USDA Zones 7–9 and best in light shade, particularly in winter.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 10
Number of photographs in J. C. Raulston's slide collection: 1

Camellia 'Carolina Moonmist' (Theaceae)
Cochran hybrid camellia
In the 1960s Fred Cochran, Ph.D., did some of the earliest C. sasanqua × oleifera hybridization to obtain hardier landscape camellias. This seedling of his was recently selected and named by The NCSU Arboretum for its large pink to rose flowers and a plant hardy in USDA Zone 6. Best in light shade.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 36

Cephalotaxus Collection (Taxaceae)
plum-yew collection
Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'H. W. Sargent', 'Prostrata', and 'Fastigata'; and C. drupaceae True yews cannot be grown well in the south; but this tough stress-resistant conifer shrub fills that niche. Among the most deer-proof of all plants. USDA Zones 5–9. Sun or shade. You will receive two of the four selections listed.
Number of photographs in J. C. Raulston's slide collection: 10

Daphniphyllum macropodum (Daphniphyllaceae)
courtesy-leaf
An outstanding broad-leaved evergreen Asian tree with handsome foliage to 6"–8" in length and blue fruit in panicles in the fall and winter. USDA Zones 6–9 and will grow in full sun or moderate shade.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 37
Number of photographs in J. C. Raulston's slide collection: 6

Euscaphis japonica (Staphyleaceae)
sweetheart tree
A deciduous tree from Korea to 30' with dark green, thick, leathery compound foliage in summer, spectacular panicles of red-fleshed fruit with contrasting exposed black seed from August to October, and snake-bark in winter with white striping on deep purple stems! USDA Zones 6–9. Best in sun.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 30
Number of photographs in J. C. Raulston's slide collection: 8

Forsythia 'Fiesta' (Oleaceae)
variegated goldenbells
A truly unique and superior forsythia which has handsome cut-leaf and variegated foliage for interest beyond the normal short spring show period of this genus; and a compact plant which will not eat windows and walkways or require frequent pruning. USDA Zones 5–9; best in full sun for heavy flowering.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 1

Hippeastrum papilio (Amaryllidaceae)
A spectacular houseplant with exotically shaped flowers of greens and purples—often featured as the highlight cover special in national mail order catalogs. Culture as for any amaryllis—for outdoor use in gardens in USDA Zones 8–10; or houseplant elsewhere. Originally distributed as Hippeastrum papilio 'Butterfly'.

Holboellia fargesii (Lardizabalaceae)
Farge's holboellia
A rare evergreen vine from China with delicate and beautiful palmately compound leaves. There are separate male and female plants which produce flowers in shades of green and purple—both sexes are required to produce the egg-like fruit. Sun or partial shade. USDA Zones 7–9.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 2

Hymenocallis 'Tropical Giant' (Amaryllidaceae)
spider lily
A very beautiful herbaceous bulb/perennial with superb foliage and striking large white flowers in summer. Obtained from Scott Ogden in Texas and slowly built up by division of clumps since. Hardiness unknown USDA Zones 8–9 (7?).
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 8

Ilex Collection (Aquifoliaceae)
holly collection
Ilex cornuta 'September Beauty' – A future NCSU Arboretum introduction with early coloring fruit in fall. Ilex crenata 'Rocky Creek' – A contorted branch growth form of the familiar Japanese holly—very different. Ilex crenata ' Snowflake' – Showy white variegated foliage with over half the leaf white. Ilex decidua 'Gold Finch' – Deciduous holly with very showy yellow fruit in winter. Ilex opaca 'Stewart's Silver Crown' – East US species; broadleaved evergreen tree with white-variegated foliage—slow. Ilex rubra – "Mexican Holly" – A new evergreen holly with red fruit originally collected in Mexico by Yucca Do Nursery. Small foliage is a bit like the "blue" hollies with fine toothed margins. Hardiness is unknown- likely USDA Zones 7–9?.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 25
Number of photographs in J. C. Raulston's slide collection: 178

Illicium henryi (Illiciaceae)
Henry anise
Anises are becoming widely popular evergreen shrubs for screening and their showy flowers. But this species, which is the most beautiful with very attractive pink flowers, is rarely offered for sale. Can become a 20' plant with age. Tough plant with no pests. Sun or shade. USDA Zones 7–9.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 10
Number of photographs in J. C. Raulston's slide collection: 3

Keteleeria davidiana (Pinaceae)
David's keteleeria
A rare genera of Chinese conifers with much the look and texture of firs—but proving to be much better adapted to the south. Not commercially available at present. The NCSU Arboretum plant is growing 3' per year and is now 15' tall. Useful for specimen, sheared hedge, Christmas tree. Sun. USDA Zones 6–9.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 3

Leucothoe racemosa (Ericaceae)
sweetbells
A native southeastern U.S. plant of great beauty with long racemes of white flowers in early summer, more tolerance to heat and poorly drained soils than most Leucothoe, semi evergreen in our area. Rarely seen and not in commercial trade—great potential. Sun or shade. USDA Zones 6–9.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 9

Lonicera nitida 'Silver Beauty' (Caprifoliaceae)
A new silver-edged foliage variegation cultivar of this semi-evergreen low shrub recently introduced in England and not yet available in the United States. Fine textured and easy to propagate from cuttings; has potential for use as a bonsai subject. USDA Zones 7–9; sun to part shade.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 2

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Zhuzhou Fuchsia' (Hamamelidaceae)
purple-leaf Chinese fringe-flower
A broad-leaved evergreen shrub to 8'–10' with purple foliage and striking hot-pink flowers (heavy in spring and sporadically all summer). Of the many new cultivars now entering the market—this is the best one. USDA Zones 7–9 or a sun porch tubbed plant. Sun or partial shade.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 4

Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Blueberry Muffin' (Rosaceae)
Yeddo hawthorn
Raphiolepis are widely grown in the southeast—but many have disease and hardiness problems. This new NCSU Arboretum release is exceptionally cold hardy, root rot and foliage disease resistant; and has white flowers, deep blue fruit and purple winter foliage. Sun. USDA Zones 6–9.

Rhododendron 'Tama-no-hada' (Ericaceae)
The Satsuki azaleas are well known; blooming after the mass of spring azaleas. This plant was purchased in a California nursery to make cuttings from because of the gigantic white and pink flowers—bigger than I'd ever seen on an azalea (up to 4" across!). USDA Zones 6–9; best in light shade.

Sequoia sempervirens 'Soquel' (Cupressaceae)
coastal redwood
A selection of Coastal Redwood from Monrovia Nursery in 1981 with dark green foliage and upswept branches—becoming a large tree with time. Has grown very well at the arboretum. Best in sun as adult, but benefits from winter shade when young. USDA Zones 6–9.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 5

Stewartia ovata (Theaceae)
One of the very choicest of the innumerable fine southeastern U.S. native shrubs with single white flowers with purple stamens and ruffled petal edges. Very highly sought after and rarely available because of extreme propagation difficulties. These fine plants are from the research program of Tom Ranney, Ph.D. Sun to light shade with good drainage essential for success. USDA Zones 5–9.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 2

Styrax japonicus 'Crystal' (Styracaceae)
Japanese snowbell
New NCSU Arboretum introduction—a deciduous flowering tree to 15' with profusely produced small white flowers highlighted by purple pedicels and very dark green foliage. One of our very best small flowering deciduous trees. USDA Zones 6–9. Best in sun, but will do in light shade.
Number of photographs in the Photograph Collection: 16

Zenobia pulverulenta 'Woodlanders Blue' (Ericaceae)
dusty zenobia
One of the finest of native southeastern U.S. deciduous shrubs with long panicles of white pieris-like flowers in spring and brilliant orange-red foliage in fall. This Woodlander's Nursery selection has in addition blue foliage through the summer. USDA Zones 6–9. Best in sun with moisture and good drainage.

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