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JCRA e-Update - November 2010

In This Issue

Magnificent Maple

Your Estate ~ Your Plan ~ Your Legacy!

Coming Attractions

Propagation Workshop

Recent Members Only Additions

November Events

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Perennial Vegetables: Asparagus, Artichokes, Fiddlehead Ferns, and More?"
Frank Hyman, Cottage Garden Landscaping
November 4, 2010 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Textural Treats"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
November 9, 2010 (Tuesday)
1:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"The Macaronesian Flora and a (Slight) Charles Darwin Connection"
Janice Swab, Professor, Department of Biology and Health Sciences, Meredith College
November 18, 2010 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Magnificent Maple

Acer oblongum - flying moth maple

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Acer oblongum (flying moth maple)

This Asian tree grows at medium altitudes to 2,000 m (6,500 ft) in mountainous regions of Nepal to central China. It forms an upright, oval headed tree to 15 m (50 ft) in the wild but will be much smaller in cultivation. It is typically described as evergreen but is a variable species in the wild ranging from fully evergreen to deciduous. The foliage is often tri-lobed on young, vigorous plants becoming oblong to ovate with maturity. The foliage is never serrate as in some other closely related evergreen maples. Leaves are leathery, sage green above and paler beneath. Fall color on deciduous plants can be brilliant red to nice yellow to almost nonexistent. The bark is smooth and attractive and there are reports that the bark can peel off in irregular plates but this has not been the case for trees at the JCRA.

The JCRA has several trees in cultivation from different sources. One tree grown from seed of a cultivated plant near Tokyo has been in the Mixed Border since 2006 and has grown to 1.5 m (5 ft). It is fully evergreen but has taken significant damage during most typical winters with killed back branches and damaged foliage. Two other seedlings from wild collected Chinese seed via the University of Nebraska and planted in 1996 and 1997 have grown to about 9 m (30 ft) each. One tree near the Winter Garden has proven to be tardily deciduous with excellent color every three to four years. It has made a very handsome and garden worthy tree. The other tree near the parking lot has leaves which are semi-persistent with no fall color. This season has also seen the addition of A. oblongum var. concolor to the Asian Valley from a Dan Hinkley collection in Vietnam. This variety has somewhat more blue-green leaves with very pale undersides and if it proves to be hardy will make an excellent addition to the JCRA.

While the evergreen forms may have potential for Deep South gardens, the fully deciduous form is a tree worth consideration over a wider area and should be trialed in colder regions. Propagation is by seed, but there has been some success in preliminary cutting trials. Grafting on Acer buergerianum may also be possible.

Your Estate ~ Your Plan ~ Your Legacy!

by Anne Porter, Director of Development

Sonia Murphy, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' director of gift planning, will lead a special workshop titled "Your Estate ~ Your Plan ~ Your Legacy."

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, in the Ruby C. McSwain Center's York Auditorium. It is a free, no-obligation workshop, offering good information, with lunch provided. Also, when you present your JCRA membership card, Sonia will give you one of her "famous" notebook organizers! (If you've attended one of Sonia's workshops, then you know what we are talking about. If you've not attended, then this is your perfect opportunity to find out.) If you are not able to attend this workshop, Sonia is always available to answer your gift planning questions by contacting her at (919) 513-0637 or sonia_murphy@ncsu.edu.

If you would like to see what others have done, please visit http://cals.giftlegacy.com, where real donors talk about their planned gifts and what it means to them.

For more information on this or other giving opportunities, please contact Anne Porter at (919) 513-3826 or anne_porter@ncsu.edu. Or, visit http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/advancement/.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Asian Valley
Ginkgo biloba 'Tschi Tschi' Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Jelena'

Ginkgo biloba 'Tschi Tschi'
maidenhair tree

Hamamelis ×intermedia 'Jelena'
copper-flowered common witchhazel

Dahlia imperialis Mahonia eurybracteata

Dahlia imperialis
tree dahlia

Mahonia eurybracteata
narrow-leaf mahonia

Acer palmatum 'Oshio beni' Symphoricarpos orbiculatus 'Central Avenue'

Acer palmatum 'Oshio beni'
scarlet Japanese maple

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus
'Central Avenue'

Gladiolus dalenii 'Halloweenie' Lindera umbellata

Gladiolus dalenii 'Halloweenie'
parrot beak gladiolus

Lindera umbellata
kuro-moji spicebush

Visit Showtimes for a much more detailed listing of what's in flower in November at the Arboretum.

Propagation Workshop

January 29, 2011 (Saturday) – 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
$80 (members only)

Join Mark Weathington and Chris Glenn in this hands-on propagation workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants in the JC Raulston Arboretum's collections via hardwood cuttings. Participants will go home with a greater knowledge of plant propagation. Techniques discussed can be done at home. Many of the newly propagated plants will remain in our greenhouse for a few weeks and can be picked up at a later date, but some will go home with the participants. This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels.

Advanced registration is required and can be done by calling Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005. Registration is limited to 15 participants. Registration begins on November 1, 2010, at 11:00 AM.

Recent Members Only Additions

Two new videos were recorded for the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in OctoberS.

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 (use all lower case letters) of the latest Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter or included in the e-mail with the latest monthly JCRA e-Update attached to it.

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Contact information:
JC Raulston Arboretum
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522

(919) 515-3132