Magnolia maudiae, or smiling forest michelia, is one of our favorite evergreen magnolias at the JCRA. The large, creamy white flowers appear in abundance by late January continuing into early spring and although susceptible to freezes often put on a spectacular show just when we are beginning to feel the winter blues. It was originally considered too tropical for central North Carolina but plants from the northwestern range of its distribution (Guizhou, China) seem to perform well once established. The deep almost blue-green foliage with pale undersides remains lovely all winter. The fragrant flowers and evergreen foliage make it an excellent landscape tree and indeed it is widely used throughout southern China. It is one of the easiest of the evergreen, winter flowering magnolias to grow and will tolerate full sun to part shade in most soils. – Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
The 2010 JCRA T-shirts and sweatshirts are in and can be purchased in the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center and Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. They come in two colors, serene green and indigo blue. This year's featured design is of Magnolia virginiana × M. insignis. T-shirts are $15, long sleeve shirts are $20, and sweatshirts are $30. Proceeds from all apparel sales help support the JCRA volunteers. – Barbara Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator
This month look for Beautiful Bark self-guided tour brochures at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Although there are not many large specimens growing at the Arboretum, this tour will show you a few of our hidden beauties. If you can't make it to the Arboretum this month, be sure to visit our online Beautiful Bark tour (HTML or PDF).
Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi' – morning sun cast-iron plant
Helleborus foetidus 'Gertrude Jekyll' – bearsfoot hellebore
Helleborus ×hybridus (Ashwood Garden hybrids) – Lenten rose
Iris unguicularis– winter flowering iris
Mahonia ×media 'Winter Sun' – grapeholly
Prunus mume – Japanese flowering apricot
Klein-Pringle White Garden
Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula' – weeping blue Atlas cedar
Fatsia japonica – Japanese fatsia
Nandina and Witchhazel Collection
Chimonanthus praecox – fragrant wintersweet
Chimonanthus praecox 'Luteus' – fragrant wintersweet
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Diane' – red common witchhazel
Hamamelis vernalis – Ozark witchhazel
Nandina domestica cultivars – heavenly bamboo
Daphniphyllum macropodum – false dahpne
Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Jelena' – copper-flowered witchhazel
Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red' – winterberry holly
Pinus wallichiana 'Zebrina' – variegated Himalayan pine
Nolina nelsonii – Nelson's blue bear-grass
Opuntia macrorhiza – western prickly-pear
Yucca aloifolia 'Variegata' – variegated Spanish bayonet
Other Areas of the Arboretum
Arbutus unedo 'Elfin King' – compact strawberry tree – C07
Corylus avellana 'Contorta' – Harry Lauder's walking stick – T02 and E19b
Erica ×darleyensis 'Furzey' – Darley heath – F04, E38w, and Sc6
Lonicera ×purpusii 'Winter Beauty' – winter honeysuckle – E08
Poncirus trifoliata 'Flying Dragon' – contorted hardy orange – E19 and W15
Prunus mume cultivars – Japanese flowering apricot
Symphoricarpos ×doorenbosii 'Pink Magic' – Doorenbos coralberry – V06
Ulmus alata 'Lace Parasol' – weeping winged elm – E40
Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in January at the JCRA. – Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist
Plantsmen's Tour – January 5, 2010 (Tuesday) – 1:00 PM – Free
"Witchhazels and Their Kin" led by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Whether from the United States or Asia, witchhazels are delightful small trees or large shrubs which flower during the off season. Their fragrance, durability, and flaming fall color add to their garden worthiness. Other members of their family add just as much to the garden despite being poorly known and often under-appreciated.
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture – January 21, 2010 (Thursday) – 7:30 PM – Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers
"Successful Rose Growing for Southern Gardeners" presented by David V. B. Pike, President, Witherspoon Rose Culture. Take a journey through a year in the life of a rose. David will take you through the bed preparation and planting process and give you all of his secrets in keeping your roses looking healthy and beautiful for years to come. Learn from the quintessential rose professional. Be inspired to grow the nation's favorite flower, the rose! And watch his hands on demonstration of that sometimes prickly job of pruning roses.
Please visit the "Calendar of Events" section on the JCRA Web site for a complete listing of our upcoming programs.
One new video was added to the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in December and is now available for viewing.
Content in the Members Only section is password protected and is only available to Arboretum members. In order to access these special features, members need to know the password that was printed on the label of the latest Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter or included at the end of the e-mail with the latest monthly JCRA e-Update attached to it. If you receive the JCRA e-Updates via e-mail, the end of the e-mail is after Chris's signature line, not at the bottom of the e-Update itself. The user name needed to log in is always "jcra."
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