Thursday, November 4, 2010

Plant Picks

Rhus typhina 'Bailtiger'
Tiger Eyes cutleaf staghorn sumac

Lemon-lime foliage, fuzzy stems, and intense fall color make this sumac cultivar a standout. It grows into an upright, rounded form about 6 feet tall and as wide. New growth emerges chartreuse. Fall brings leaves of yellow, scarlet, and orange. Flowers are yellowish green and followed, on female plants, by hairy, dark red fruit. This plant spreads by suckers and can be invasive. The species is native to North America.

Noteworthy characteristics:
Eye-catching foliage in spring, summer, and fall.
Care: Pick a site in full sun for best autumn color. Grow in moist but well-drained, moderately fertile soil. May be invasive.
Propagation: Sow seed in autumn in a seedbed. Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or root cuttings in winter. Separate suckers when plant is dormant.
Problems: Powdery mildew, Verticillium wilt, wood rot, leaf spot, blister, canker, dieback, caterpillars, scale insects.

5 to 9
6 feet tall and wide
Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower; Moderate Grower
Full Sun to Partial Shad,; tolerates average to poor soil
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Moderate
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Native; Showy Fall Foliage; Showy Foliage; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Green Flower; Yellow Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Naturalizing
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs,Trees

Article from: Fine Gardening August 2010
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