Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Elliotia

Elliottia paniculata
A domed, medium-sized, deciduous shrub, reaching up to 6.5 feet in height, that is native to northern and central Japan. The smooth-edged, ovate leaves, up to 3 inches in length, are bright green.
The white to pale pink flowers, up to 0.6 inches long, are borne on upright panicles during late summer into early autumn.
Hardy zones 6 to 8 in partial shade on sandy, well drained soil.

* photo of unknown internet source


Elliotia racemosa ( Georgia Plume )
A large shrub, reaching up to 15 feet, that can form large colonies. Native to Georgia and South Carolina; it is now extinct in South Carolina and critically endangered in Georgia. Some records include: largest on record - 47 x 20 feet with a trunk diameter of 1 foot.
The alternately-arranged leaves are up to 8 x 4 ( rarely over 5 ) inches in length. The foliage turns to purplish-red during autumn.
The white flowers, up to 1 inch wide, are borne on plumes up to 12 + inches in length, during summer. They attract butterflies.
Hardy zones 6b to 8 in partial shade on sandy, well drained soil. It is found in sandy upland forest in the wild.

* photo of unknown internet source

* historic archive photo

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