One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Lindera obtusiloba....they are having a good spring
Lindera, a genus in the Laurel family, Lauraceae contains a number of good ornamental shrubs. Here on the east coast, we have only Lindera benzoin, Spicebush, an unassuming but pleasant dioecious shrub of moist woodlands....a host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. L obtusiloba is an undemanding shrub, obviously spectacular in flower. This plant, flowering now, is in the Asian Collections along the road adjacent to the triangular island bed.