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Fall Shade on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard


Initially posted on meristemhorticulture.com.

This previous week I had the pleasure of giving my first face-to-face plant presentation since February 2019 on the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Backyard. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Backyard was based in 1873, and the unique design referred to as for the intermingling of crops and animals as a substitute of them being cordoned off into totally different areas. Earlier than we arrived, I had assumed that fall colour could be a factor of the previous, however I used to be thrilled to see we had been nonetheless bushes holding onto their leaves. And, the horticulture was glorious with many appropriately planted specimens reaching good dimension and good labelling. My presentation was on woody bushes and shrubs, and I scurried across the backyard on the lookout for glorious specimen photographs so as to add to future talks. I needed to share a number of of my favorites with you.

Ginkgo biloba was in its full glory. All through Cincinnati, I noticed quite a few giant specimens draped with gold. I admired this refined contrasting mixture between the foreground tree and the nearer Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’.

Karen enjoys having enjoyable with fallen Ginkgo leaves. This shot is one we recreate steadily when she finds good high quality leaves of any tree on the bottom.

Fothergilla main ‘Blue Shadow’ colours up fairly properly in fall.

Seeing Hamamelis virginiana in bloom was an surprising delight. They’ve simply began flowering in Nacogdoches.

In the principle a part of the backyard, bushes had been nonetheless displaying spectacular fall colour. These Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’ are among the finest I’ve ever seen.

One other tree that was blazed crimson was Quercus coccinea. It’s an incredible native oak and among the best for crimson fall colour.

Viburnum × burkwoodii ‘Mohawk’ was one other plant sporting lovely crimson foliage. It was launched by the US Nationwide Arboretum in 1966 and has beautiful pink buds that open white within the spring.

This photograph is just like the one above, however right here you’ll be able to see the impact of the leaf above shading the decrease leaf from daylight and principally stopping the manufacturing of anthocyanin, the compound that offers leaves their crimson colour. This remark is likely one of the causes I consider that the crimson pigment is produced to help with managing photo voltaic radiation as a substitute of discouraging pests.

Sorbus alnifolia held its lovely pink fruit amongst fading foliage. Whereas I’ve learn the place it will probably develop 50 ft tall, I believe I’d moderately have the branches nearer to the bottom to understand these peachy pomes.

Diervilla is an underutlized native shrub that grows in a number of scattered counties all through the southern Appalachians. Seeing the autumn colour on cultivars like Diervilla rivularis ‘SMNDRSF’ Kodiak® Black is bound to extend its recognition. I additionally admire the species’s quaint yellow flowers in the summertime, and the foliage on this cultivar is darker in the course of the rising season.

Black gums or tupelos produce dependable crimson fall colour. Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wildfire’ was lit with autumnal reds, oranges, and yellows.

Gentle beams by way of the stained glass leaves of Parrotia persica. I assumed I might see extra hints of crimson in them, however the specimens I noticed had been a transparent yellow.

Magnolia macrophylla offers a complete new definition to the which means of leaf litter. A few of these leaves are greater than sheets of paper.

As a naturalist I used to be so touched and saddened seeing the memorial to Martha, the final Passenger Pigeon that died on the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Backyard in 1914. I keep in mind studying in Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, “Males nonetheless reside who, of their youth, keep in mind pigeons; bushes nonetheless reside that, of their youth, had been shaken by a dwelling wind. However a number of many years therefore solely the oldest oaks will keep in mind, and in the end solely the hills will know.”

I’m a sucker for crabapples since we actually can’t develop them properly within the south. Right here the fruit of ‘Bob White’ Malus brightens a dingy sky.

Top-of-the-line and largest Cotinus obovatus I’ve ever seen was on the entrance entrance to the backyard. It was completely glowing on this cloudy afternoon.

Earlier than we left I needed to see the large photo voltaic panel array within the car parking zone. What a intelligent thought to make extra use of pavement! The 6400 panels present round 20% of the park’s vitality.

One last shot of Carol Reese, an early mentor of mine who additionally gave talks Friday, yours actually, and Karen standing within the Below the Sea part of their Christmas mild competition. Don’t you simply love the jellyfish?

 

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