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By jathton on Oct 23, 2019 9:00 PM, concerning plant: Pistachio (Pistacia chinensis)

Pistacia chinensis (English: Chinese pistache;[2] Chinese: 黄連木; pinyin: huángliánmù)

Chinese Pistache was a very welcome addition to the horticultural plant palette in central Oklahoma. It just has so many qualities going for it that Oklahoma gardeners needed in a medium sized shade tree. It is:
... a reliable source for brilliant orange to red-orange fall color. It will develop good red fall color as far south as Orlando, FL and in the low-elevation deserts of Southern Arizona
... tolerant of a wide range of urban conditions
... very drought resistant once established
... very deep rooted
... very tolerant of extreme heat
... tolerant of low humidity and drying winds
... tolerant of transplant stress
... tolerant of full sun... intolerant of shade
... a good choice as a street tree
... nearly disease and insect free
... capable of an excellent growth rate when given good care
... a tree with very hard, durable and decay-resistant wood... so it is very wind and ice and vandal resistant

There is one very serious concern if the gardener happens to be a lawn fanatic who will spray anything necessary to maintain a perfect lawn. Chinese Pistache is exceptionally sensitive to triazine and sulfonylurea-type herbicides.





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By jathton on Oct 23, 2019 4:26 PM, concerning plant: Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum 'Caddo')

The Sugar Maple [Acer saccharum] is native to the hardwood forest of eastern Canada and northern portions of the Central and Eastern United States. It is the tree that gives rise to all the stories you hear and the photos you see of "fall in New England." It is the primary source of maple syrup.

The 'Caddo' Sugar Maple [Acer saccharum 'Caddo'] is a "naturally occurring southern ecotype or subspecies" that was found growing in the Wichita Mountains in Caddo County, Oklahoma. Its leaves, seeds, growth form and other features appear to be very similar to seedlings from northeastern states. The discovery and ultimate propagation of this subspecies has made it possible to successfully grow Sugar Maples on the Southern Great Plains.

'Caddo' Sugar Maple grows to be a beautiful oval to round-crowned tree with a dense foliage cover. It is easily distinguished from other Maples in the fall because foliage coloration begins at the top of the tree and gradually colors the tree from the top down until all the leaves are brilliant red-orange.

Two of the most iconic 'Caddo' Maples in Oklahoma City flank the east entrance to City Hall.

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By ILPARW on Oct 23, 2019 3:17 PM, concerning plant: Tatar Maple (Acer tataricum)

This species is native to southeast Europe and western Asia in dry, sunny locations, usually as a forest understory tree. The leaves are a little bigger than the Amur variety of A. t. ginnala of 2 to 4 inches long and less sharp. The Amur Maple is considered as a little more ornamental, so Tartarian Maple is rarely found in the US.

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By carlysuko on Oct 23, 2019 3:12 PM, concerning plant: Elephant's Ear (Alocasia Safari Morocco)

Also sold as 'Pink Dragon'

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By ILPARW on Oct 23, 2019 2:57 PM, concerning plant: Amur Maple (Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala 'Flame')

This cultivar as indicated by its name does consistently develop a good red fall color. It is offered by some large, diverse, conventional nurseries. These same nurseries may also offer the mother species that is native to central & northern China, southeast Siberia, and Japan that has fall color of usually yellow, but can develop some orange or red.

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By jathton on Oct 22, 2019 6:20 PM, concerning plant: Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca')

Blue Atlas Cedar is a striking and unique coniferous evergreen tree. It has become very popular in Oklahoma City in the past three decades for use on residential and commercial landscapes. On commercial projects it is usually planted in a large lawn area where it has the opportunity to grow and mature as it should. This means it will gradually change from a loosely pyramidal form to a more flat-topped form with long horizontal branches. It can also, albeit slowly, grow to its mature height of 40-60 feet.
In residential gardens it is all too often used as a temporarily dramatic vertical blue statement that quickly overgrows its site and must be removed or drastically pruned. The worst case scenarios use it as an accent for a chimney… where it is often planted within 6 feet of the chimney and home.
Proper placement of this majestic conifer would site it in a large space with deep, well-drained, acidic soil and full sun exposure. It should also be understood that zone 6 is definitely the northern limit of its hardiness range… and that some degree of protection from drying summer and winter winds is to its advantage.

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By sallyg on Oct 22, 2019 5:56 PM, concerning plant: Sweet Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Buran')

I grew these from seed in 2019. Everything as expected based on my experience with other sweet peppers. Nice sweet flavorful pepper.

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By Baja_Costero on Oct 22, 2019 2:47 PM, concerning plant: Dudleya cultrata

Coastal and island Dudleya from northern Baja California with pale yellow, tubular flowers. Rosettes are small to medium. Leaves are usually green and not glaucous. This plant is similar to the inland D. ingens, which itself is similar to the more northerly coastal D. brittonii (green form). D. cultrata is found on San Martín Island and nearby coastal areas around San Quintín Bay. It is uncommon but potentially very long-lived in cultivation.

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By jathton on Oct 21, 2019 8:59 PM, concerning plant: Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii 'San Antonio Red'

One plant database lists the common name for this plant as 'Firecracker Plant.' We learned the common name is 'Hummingbird Bush.' We prefer the latter title because this bush does indeed attract hummingbirds and butterflies. One day last summer we actually saw three hovering all over the bush at the same time.

That was one of those sights that always manages to remind me of a favorite quote by Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Pilgrim at Tinkers Creek... a book anyone who loves nature would love to read. Anyway, she summed up the hummingbirds, and a lot else, when she said, "... beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there."

Anisacanthus is a gangly, spreading deciduous shrub that usually matures at 5 feet by 4 feet. The leaves are lanceolate, with good green color. Bright red-orange tubular flowers are about 1.5 inches in length. They generally appear in large numbers after rains from spring long into summer.
Anisacanthus is hardy from zone 7A south into zone 10. In zone 7A this shrub performs best when planted close to a south facing wall. The reflected heat from this wall will protect the plant during the winter months... and will permit it to remain a shrub, instead of becoming a herbaceous perennial.

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By jathton on Oct 21, 2019 7:19 PM, concerning plant: Hardy Geranium (Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo')

Well, I was going to write my own comment but then I read TINPINS comment, made in 2013.
She said it all.
One of my favorite Cranesbills.

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