More green than shamrocks in Raleigh in March


While thousands were wearing the green at yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, others are starting their greens in the garden.

Notable news, NCSU scientists have perfect a new mildew resistant strain of the spring beauty, the dogwood tree.

According to N&O March 8th article,  “a decade of research into potential solutions has yielded a bulletproof dogwood that not only repels diseases but produces larger, showier flowers. Samples are being distributed to growers around the state for testing, and the tree could be available at local nurseries – and in local gardens – as soon as 2014.”

When I first moved to Raleigh some years ago I was surprised to see dogwood trees in the woods and along the roads.  In the Northeast dogwood trees are planted in a sunny but protected area.  Here they are so abundant that the falling petals seems remind me of the  fluffy spring-time snowflakes….without the cold.

Dogwood sales in NC represent 10% of all dogwoods sold in the nation with NC growers reaping $5-6M as stated in the same N&O article.  The longer I live in NC, the more I learn about its economy.  I would never have guessed that this dogwood will be a cash crop for the state.

The new strain of disease resistant dogwood is simply named, NCJAM6, and was developed from a thriving tree in the Pisgah National Forest.

Does anyone remember the story on the crape myrtle hybrid developed from the outstanding specimen at the JC Raulston Arboretum?  Some years ago an NCSU graduate  horticulture student showed me the tree in the Arboretum that is the “mother” of a many of the crape myrtles that line Raleigh’s trees.

Visit the JC Raulston Arboretum (JCRA) at NC State University to see two unique cultivars of the species Lagerstroemia fauriei: ‘Townhouse’ and ‘Fantasy’. ‘Townhouse’ has dark mahogany-red bark and profuse flowering during the summer. It is also noted for its striking winter appearance. ‘Fantasy’ is named for its elegant stature, beautiful rusty-red exfoliating bark and profuse display of white flowers in the summer. Visit the JCRA in person or at www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum to explore their impressive collection of crape myrtles.   (NCSU Cooperative Extension, “Successful Gardener”)

Look for more information on trees and their effect on the environment as National Arbor Day (April 27th) approaches.

 

Spring seems to be coming early this year with temperatures in the 80s in March!  According to Weather.com the average temperature should be in the 60s.

Look for a future post about the effect of warmer weather and how to choose plants that are heat tolerant and use trees to cool your home.

 

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