The "New" Native
This will be the first in a series of blogs about Native Plants. I can't promise how often this will happen but every once in a while I will collect pictures of pretty native plants and display them for you.
I decided to name this series The “New” Native because I want to discuss true native plants as well as some of the newly released plants that have native heritage. In my opinion, new varieties of natives hold merit in the native world. They have the blood line, they are just improved for better flowering or leaf color, ect. I know that there are people who are purists when it comes to natives and I do think those gardens can be very pretty. This is just another opinion and way to look at things.
Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) – This is an excellent understory/edge-of-the-woods tree. The foliage gives a very coarse texture to the landscape and the flowers attract many forms of wildlife.
Munchkin Hydrangea (Hydrangea quericfolia ‘Munchkin’) – This is one of those that I mentioned has the blood line of being native but has been improved through breeding. It is a U.S. National Arboretum Introduction and was developed from seedlings of Syke’s Dwarf. It stays remarkably small, only 3’ x 4’, and has white flowers that turn a soft pink as they age.
Zydeco Twist Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica ‘Zydeco Twist’) – This tree intrigues me. It has glossy leaves, which is uncommon for a deciduous tree, and contorted branches. The leaves turn a really rich, deep red in the fall. Once the tree drops its leaves then you can get the full effect of the contorted branches. This tree will tolerate a wet site and sea side planting.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the "New" Native world.
*We make our list of Native plants by coordinating with the USDA Native Plants Map. We make sure that the plants are native to the Southern and/or Mid-Atlantic States.