The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Sunday, February 12, 2012

More Winter Interest from the Arnold Arboretum

Lindera umbellata

Lindera angustifolia

One can't help but notice the spicebush grove on the North side of Bussey Hill Road near the Lilac collection at the Arnold Arboretum. The persistent tawny-tan foliage of Lindera umbellata and Lindera angustifolia are nearly indistinguishable from one another. Both shrubs have narrow glossy green foliage with silver undersides earlier in the season. The greenish-yellow flowers in April produce small round black fruit on female plants. L. angustifolia has strawberry pink foliage in autumn and is hardy to zone 5 while L. umbellata leaves turn yellow in fall is only hardy to zone 6.

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