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January 2011 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update - Daphne odora

In This Issue

A New Twist on an Old Favorite

Gala in the Garden

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

April Events

News & Observer Birdhouse Competition at the JC Raulston
March 31, 2011 (Thursday)
7:30 PM
April 1, 2011 (Friday)
9:00 AM-6:00 PM
April 2, 2011 (Saturday)
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
April 3, 2011 (Sunday)
12:00 PM-5:00 PM

JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale
Members Only Preview Sale
April 1, 2011 (Friday)
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
April 2, 2011 (Saturday)
9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Herbaceous Perennials Class
April 3, 2011 (Sunday)
1:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"A Walk in the Park"
Ted Bilderback, Director
April 7, 2011 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

Pi Alpha Xi Plant Sale at the JCRA
April 9, 2011 (Saturday)
8:00 AM-4:00 PM
April 10, 2011 (Sunday)
10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"New Arrivals at the JCRA"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
April 12, 2011 (Tuesday)
1:00 PM

Year-long Class
The Year in Trees and Shrubs, Etc.
Charlie Kidder, JCRA Volunteer and Board Member
April 17, 2011
2:00 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"A Summer at the Missouri Botanical Garden"
Rebecca Pledger, JCRA Graduate Student
April 21, 2011 (Thursday)
7:30 PM

A New Twist on an Old Favorite

Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon'

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Go to many an old farmstead or plantation in the spring and you will find loose, willowy shrubs laden with delicate white flowers. The common name, bridal wreath spiraea (Spiraea thunbergii), evokes images of rosy cheeked brides with flowers in their hair. Despite the beauty of the flowers, the plant's other charms leave something perhaps to be desired and it is, at best, a one season plant. That is until the introduction of a gold foliaged form from Japan named 'Ogon' or Mellow Yellow™ as it is often known to American gardeners. The demure, springtime beauty has become a summertime sizzler.

Golden bridal wreath spiraea, like its green-leafed parent, flowers in early spring before the foliage emerges. Masses of pure white flowers cover the shrub lighting up the landscape whether in masses or tucked in among other shrubs. As the flowers begin to fade, the gold foliage starts to expand sending a shock through the garden. The leaves are narrow and retain their color in the sun throughout the season. As summer progresses, the foliage color goes from bright yellow to chartreuse and then gold in the fall. The plant itself will ultimately grow to 3' to 5' tall and slightly narrower with a loose, informal shape. The winter twigs are very fine textured.


Gala in the Garden

You are cordially invited to attend the

JCRA logo

May Day Gala

To register for this event, please visit the
JCRA's Web site

Special note: In an effort to conserve natural and financial resources, the Arboretum is e-inviting most of our friends this year. If you wish to receive a paper invitation, please contact Anne Porter at
(919) 513-3826 or anne_porter@ncsu.edu.

Sponsored by the
North Carolina Agricultural Foundation. Inc.

Thank you for your continued support!

Gala logo

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Terrace Stair Cascade Garden
Cornus florida subsp. urbiniana  

Cornus florida subsp. urbiniana
Mexican flowering dogwood


Sinojackia xylocarpa 'La Grima'
upright Chinese jacktree

Viburnum plicatum 'Pink Sensation'   Acer rubrum 'Snow Fire'

Viburnum plicatum 'Pink Sensation'
pink Japanese snowball viburnum


Acer rubrum 'Snow Fire'
tricolor red maple

Tulipa humilis 'Red Hunter'   Acer palmatum 'Beni komachi'

Tulipa humilis 'Red Hunter'
botanical tulip


Acer palmatum 'Beni komachi'
dwarf red-leaf Japanese maple

Abelia mosanensis   Hemerocallis dumortieri

Abelia mosanensis
Mangsan abelia


Hemerocallis dumortieri
early daylily

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

Recent Members Only Additions

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

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

The video section on the site is once again being enhanced. This time around, it's the videos themselves that were created differently. I hope you enjoy the changes.

FOA Lecture Video - The Beautiful and Exotic World of Tropical Heliconias - Julia Kornegay, Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University - March 3, 2011

Plantsmen's Tour - Japanese Plants and Collectors - Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections - March 8, 2011

FOA Lecture Video - A Walk in the Winterwonderland with Wildlife in Tow - Helen Yoest, Gardening with Confidence - February 13, 2011

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

(919) 515-3132