hello, we're in zone 7-8 (DC area) and are landscaping around our pool
this year. at the far end, we'd like to put something that would be
our showcase tree (slow growing and not too large(20ft max)) and are
looking for ideas. the area would receive full sun and we plan to
install sprinkler. would appreciate any thoughts to research on.
Presuming they fit in with the overall design theme, here are some
Parrotia persica 'Vanessa'
Styrax japonicus 'Pendula'
Rhus typhina 'Dissecta'
Pyrus callereyana 'Cleveland Select'
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
Magnolia virginiana 'Henry Hicks'
David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
To my knowledge, Rhus typhina contains no Urishiol oil. I found this
explanation on the 'net very illuminating:
"All sumachs (sumacs) are members of the Anacardiaceae family, all of which
have some common links which are related poisons. However, toxicity varies
from very high to very low, the lowest, in which common sumac falls, is an
irritant only to hyper-sensitive individuals. Included in this family are
cashews, mangoes and pistachios which, in their marketed state are heavenly,
but in their raw state can cause severe allergic reactions. You see, the
toxin relationship varies with the treatment of the food item. In the genus
Rhus, the specific plants which are very toxic are Rhus radicans (poison
ivy), Rhus toxicodendron (poison oak) and Rhus vernix (poison sumac). The
most virulent is poison sumac; any contact with any part of the plant can
cause severe dermatitis. The degree of reaction to any of these toxins
varies with the exposure and the individual's sensitivity. Many persons
claim they are not allergic to these plants. Not true. These toxins are a
cumlative poison; eventually a threshhold is reached and a severe dermatitis
I am hypersensitive to Urishiol oil (for example, I've been hospitalized
several times as a child for exposure, before I learned to identify and stay
the hell away from it) and I have *never* had even mild skin irritation
working with Rhus typhina, aromatica, or trilobata. That's why I recommended
it for the intended space and why I (rather rudely, I apologize) made my
David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
My skin isn't thin enough to have taken offence :-). Thanks, that was
interesting...I'd forgotten it's the same family as your poison oak and
poison ivy (which we don't have in the UK). R typhina also suckers
horribly here, YMMV.
Go to Wayside Gardens (www.waysidegardens.com) and look at thier
Japanese Maples. They have a wide variety, with all different types
of growth habits.
On 11 Mar 2005 03:01:03 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
Although most Japanese maples would prefer semi-shade, several such as the
bright red-leafed 'Oshio Beni' suffer no ill consequences of full sun, &
their beauty cannot be beat. Here's my full-afternoon-sun Oshio Beni in
For something evergreen, a dwarf & perhaps semi-weeping cultivar of a
Cedar of Lebanon or Deodor Cedar is hard to match for huge impact in a
small tree. You'd have to get to someplace with many to select from
because every specimen has such individual character of leaf colors
(green, gold-tipped, or blue) & especially of form.
If you can find a grower or nursery for weeping beeches, they're another
highly ornamental tree with so much individual character from one specimen
to the next that it is ideal to have several to select from. As a lone
tree hovering above a garden or shorter things, these twisted weepers are
outstanding presences. There are green weepers, black weepers, & purple
weepers; they all have spectacular autumn colors then after leaf-fall the
strange shape of the trunk & limbs remains impressive. They're not weepers
like weeping birches or weeping willows, but have interestingly bent limbs
upward-reaching limbs, from which leafy limbs droop, so they look like
slim old ladies in long lace gowns. They're among the very finest
cultivated trees to hold a landscape together single-handedly.
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i suggest "golden rain tree" information included in link below; however, i
disagree with some of the info for i have seen this tree growing in zone 9
my biggest suggestion is DO NOT BUY THIS (or anything) FROM SPRINGHILL
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i suggest "golden rain tree" information included in link below; however, i disagree with some of the info for i have seen this tree growing in zone 9 in florida.<BR>
my biggest suggestion is DO NOT BUY THIS (or anything) FROM SPRINGHILL NURSERY!!!!<BR>
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> Date: 11 Mar 2005 03:01:03 -0800<BR>
> Subject: need a showcase tree<BR>
> hello, we're in zone 7-8 (DC area) and are landscaping around our pool<BR>
> this year. at the far end, we'd like to put something that would be<BR>
> our showcase tree (slow growing and not too large(20ft max)) and are<BR>
> looking for ideas. the area would receive full sun and we plan to<BR>
> install sprinkler. would appreciate any thoughts to research on.<BR>
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