Truth be told, all of the plants from yesterday's post plus are my current faves but this one gets its own post.
I love a lacey leaf. Acer palmata varieties with lacey leaves tickle me, Quercus dentata 'Pinnatifida' with it's shredded foliage has been a favorite since I first saw it for sale at Heronswood a bunch of years ago. Last spring, there were a few of these on Dragonfly Farms table at the Heronswood Open and plant sale. However, they were walking out in the boxes of others.
When this sort of situation arises, one makes himself feel better by saying things like, "It's deciduous and you really need more evergreen foliage in your garden." and "It's really sweet right now but what happens when it becomes a huge tree and blocks what little sun your garden still has?" We do what we can to mask our disappointment, right?
Imagine how thrilling it was to find a few of these casually sitting on a sales table at Hortlandia, the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's spring plant sale. (Watch for a future post about this plant nerd's paradise.)
Here are some descriptions lifted from Plant Lust:
Rare and slow growing cultivar of the native Oregon horsechestnut. Shaggy serrated leaves and dissected to the base and have a very unique look. Although it grows very slow, and appears to be dwarf, very little is known about this plant. - Garden World
A shrubby tree to 10' in your
Leaves which are deeply, irregularly cut (even needle-like!) add another layer of interest to this always beautiful large flowering tree; slower growing than the species; older plants may have drooping branches. Sun-PSh/Med. - Forest Farm
A very handsome tree with intriguing foliage!
This Aesculus can be coppiced every few years to produce a much smaller plant with a very distinctive foliage effect. Pruning it in this way can make it suitable for even the smallest of gardens!