Thursday, August 12, 2010

Securinega suffruticosa

A rare but very attractive, graceful, dense, large, deciduous shrub, reaching up to 10 x 12 feet, that is native to Siberia and northeast Asia. Some records include: 10 years - 8 feet. It is a member of the larger Euphorbia family. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in Canada and northern parts of the U.S.!!! It can be trained as a small tree. Older plants have a very attractive appearance, often resembling that of a miniature Weeping Willow.
The elliptical leaves are up to 2.5 x 1 inch in size.
They are fresh bright green in summer and turn to golden yellow during autumn.
The small, white to greenish-yellow flowers are borne during July and August.
Hardy from zones 3 to 7 ( possibly 2 for Dahurian seed source ) on moist, well drained soil in full sun. It is drought tolerant. Can be cut to ground in early spring to renovate.

* photos taken on August 3 2010 @ University of Guelph Arboretum, Ontario

* photos taken on Jul 18 2017 @ Dominion Arboretum, Ottawa, ON

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