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May 2011 JC Raulston Arboretum e-Update

In This Issue

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet'

Books Needed for Browse and Buy

Coming Attractions

Recent Members Only Additions

May Events

Gala in the Garden
May 1, 2011 (Sunday)
3:00 PM-7:00 PM

Plantsmen's Tour
"Asian Valley"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections May 10, 2011 (Tuesday)
1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Macro Photography Workshop
Susan Bailey and Melissa Southern, Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association – Triangle Region
May 12, 2011 (Thursday)
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
May 14, 2011 (Saturday)
8:00 AM-3:00 PM

Year-long Class
"The Year in Trees and Shrubs, Etc."
Charlie Kidder, JCRA Volunteer
May 15, 2011 (Sunday)
2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Taking 'a Go' at Strawberry Plasticulture in 1980, Where It Has Led the Strawberry Industry in the Mid-South, and What Plasticulture is Now Doing to Improve Muscadine, Blueberry and Blackberry Culture in the Old North State"
E. Barclay Poling, Professor Emeritus and Small Fruit Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
May 19, 2011 (Thursday)
7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Herbaceous Perennials Class
Cheryl Kearns, JCRA Volunteer and Board Member
May 21, 2011 (Saturday)
9:00 AM-10:00 AM

Triangle Bonsai Expo
Hosted by the Triangle Bonsai Society in Cooperation with the JC Raulston Arboretu
May 21, 2011 (Saturday)
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
May 22, 2011 (Sunday)
12:00 PM-5:00 PM

Children's Programs

Mayday! Mayday!
May 7, 2011 (Saturday)
1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Superhero Plants: Protectors of Clean Water
May 21, 2011 (Saturday)
9:30 AM-11:30 AM

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet'

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet'

by Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet' was discovered by researchers at Tennessee Technological University in central Tennessee. This sport of the white-fruited beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma var. albifructus) bears green leaves broadly and irregularly margined with white and has excellent landscape potential. With the U.S. National Arboretum as a partner, this beautyberry was trialed in public gardens throughout the United States, including the JC Raulston Arboretum. The variegation was found to be very stable and the plants performed well in the landscape prompting the release of this new shrub in 2006. The species is native to Japan, China, and Korea.

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet' is a rounded deciduous shrub growing 3'–4' tall by 4'–6' wide. Once established, it can be cut to the ground in the winter to control the size. Small leaves, margined with white, make this a bright plant in the landscape, particularly in the shade garden. White flowers in mid-summer give rise to white fruits in early fall. Fruits generally persist through mid to late fall. Plants can be used as specimens, in mixed shrub borders, or mass plantings. They can also be used in habitat gardens.


Books Needed for Browse and Buy

We are in need of your unwanted garden books that can be offered for $5.00 in the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Proceeds from the sales are deposited into our volunteer activity fund. If you have garden books (must have ISBN number—no magazines or pamphlets please) that you would like to donate, they can be dropped off at the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center. Thank you for supporting the JCRA's volunteers.

Coming Attractions

by Nancy Doubrava, Interpretive Specialist

Klein-Pringle White Garden
Paeonia lactiflora   Viburnum plicatum 'Pink Sensation'

Paeonia lactiflora


Viburnum plicatum 'Pink Sensation'
pink Japanese snowball viburnum

Rosa 'Jacpal' (Brigadoon™)   Hippeastrum ×johnsonii

Rosa 'Jacpal' (Brigadoon™)
hybrid tea rose


Hippeastrum ×johnsonii
garden amaryllis

Rosa 'Meiboulka' (Oso Easy™ Cherry Pie)   Styrax japonicus 'Emerald Pagoda'

Rosa 'Meiboulka' (Oso Easy™ Cherry Pie)
shrub rose


Styrax japonicus 'Emerald Pagoda'
Japanese snowbell

Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA1' (Invincibelle™ Spirit)   Stewartia rostrata

Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA1' (Invincibelle™ Spirit)
smooth hydrangea


Stewartia rostrata
Chinese stewartia

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

Recent Members Only Additions

by Chris Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator

Four new videos were recorded for the Members Only section on the Arboretum's Web site in late March and April.

The Members Only section on the site has once again been enhanced. Enhancements include: a new video player that's Flash and HTML5 enabled, a player option for mobile devices, improved video editing, and a revamped Members Only section. I hope you enjoy the changes.

Click on the images below to play the videos or visit the Members Only section to for a complete listing of all videos.

FOA Lecture Video - Backyard Birdhouses - Gary Carter, Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association and Robert Smith, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Outdoor Photographer - March 31, 2011 (Thursday)1

FOA Lecture Video - A Walk in the Park - Ted Bilderback, Director - April 7, 2011 (Thursday)

Plantsmen's Tour Video - New Arrivals at the JCRA - Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections - April 12, 2011 (Tuesday)

FOA Lecture Video - A Summer at the Missouri Botanical Garden - Rebecca Pledger, JCRA Graduate Student - April 21, 2011 (Thursday)

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