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)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Myrcianthes fragrans, Simpson's Stopper
This is a wonderful plant, vase-shaped, Crape myrtelesque. Fragrant evergreen leaves cloak beautiful grayish exfoliating bark. Every fall it has orange fruits with a pleasant piquant taste. Bird love the berries and butterflies love the flowers. I only wish I had planted a larger plant 3 years ago. It was less than a foot tall when it went in; now it's right about 5 feet.