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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Friday, July 18, 2014

X Didrangea 'Sandy Reed' is My Favorite Plant...This Week.

On a recent trip to Windcliff (Martha can post pictures!)  with Evan and Vicki, I acquired a lovely plant that looks very much like Dichroa febrifuga, which I grow for it's amazing blue berries.

 Dichroa febrifuga in bloom.
 
And Berry


X Didrangea 'Sandy Reed' in bud.

"Sandy" opening a flower.

"Sandy" after petal drop.

Here's the description from the tag, "First time offering of National arboretum introduction possessing breeder rights, with best attributes of both Hydrangea macrophylla and Dichroa febrifuga.  Flowers of this selection will be as vibrant in color at Christmas as in June.  No fooling. A wonderful new addition to woody plants. Vegetative propagation is prohibited. Don't do it."

Flowers "as vibrant in color at Christmas as in June" was too much of a temptation, it had to come home with me.  I've found no information online about this plant and have no idea about hardiness although I'm guessing it's at least as hardy as it's more tender parent,  Dichroa febrifuga, which has been perfectly happy in my garden for several years.  (Did loose one during the phormium killing winters but the others made it through.)  I'm wondering if this will also produce berries.

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16 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a plant that I'm going to have to track down. I used to have a whole hillside full of Dichroa febrifuga and I loved it, but I did find the foliage to be a bit weak--could have been too much shade, though. I want to know about the berries. No berries = no go, for me.

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    1. I'm interested in finding out about the berries as well! I'll keep you posted.

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  2. "Vegetative propagation is prohibited. Don't do it"...you won't be doing it right? Or sharing Windcliff pictures either, right?

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  3. Fascinating hybrid. I Google "Didrangea" to see if I could glean how it'd perform in my area and discovered something interesting about internet search engines - virtually every listing referred to other bloggers' sites carrying your post title, including my own.

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    1. I searched before I posted and learned some interesting things about the woman for whom this is named and her work with hydrangeas, but nothing about this particular plant.

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  4. Best attributes of both Hydrangea macrophylla and Dichroa febrifuga, says it all!

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    1. It'll be interesting to see how it performs!

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  5. Looks like it has a bit of everything...another great find.

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  6. Beautiful plant, looking forward to see how it does in your gardens

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    1. Should be interesting! It goes in the ground tomorrow!

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  7. WOW! What an amazing statement in the garden. Always fun to see something completely different, especially showcasing a color seldom in the garden. Thanks for sharing.

    I invite you to see my first GBBD.

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    1. Thanks for the invitation, Patrick, I'll check it out right now!

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  8. I've learned another one interesting plant. Thank you Peter!

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  9. I'll be really interested to see if the fruit is like the blue berries of the Dichroa parent, and whether the Hydrangea influence increases hardiness. Cool plant! I wasn't quite ready to experiment with it myself, but I thought really hard about doing so!

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