Thursday, September 17, 2009

Euscaphis japonicus and Paeonia suffruiticosa....nice seeds

In the autumn horticulturist's fancies turn to thoughts of ripening fruit. The shockingly colored seed capsules of Euscaphis japonicus are attractive to almost everybody; I guess it takes a geek to feel the same way about the Tree Peonies fruiting display.

Euscaphis is an Asian native, a large shrub/small tree with interesting bark, not so exciting flowers, and this wild fruit. We have a good number of mature plants all through the Collection including this one that is growing above the road near the main entrance. Tree peonies are everywhere, though most of them have been deadheaded to save the plant from using energy to produce seeds that might go to overall vigor or even better, next year's flower production.

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