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Horticulture Highlight: Korean Fir, Abies koreana

December 4, 2017

…By wintry hills his hermit-mound

The sheeted snow-drifts drape,

And houseless there the snow-bird flits

Beneath the fir-trees’ crape…

                –Herman Melville

Many birds seek out protection from the coming harsher weather changes within our large, diverse collection of conifers and other evergreens. Previously we have briefly discussed different fir trees (Abies) within our living collection. Many people are fondly familiar with our native balsam fir, Abies balsamea, a traditional, fragrant Christmas tree. In some high mountains of Mexico, in addition to birds, it is tens of millions of monarch butterflies, some fluttering thousands of miles in southward migration, seeking the oyamel firs, Abies religiosa to which they spend winters huddled together. Approximately fifty species of true fir trees are found worldwide. The word Abies, the genus name, was used to describe the wooden ribs of the Trojan horse by Virgil (70-19 B. C.), ancient Roman poet.

Herein we add the Korean Fir, Abies koreana to our “baker’s dozen” of fir species that grow at Mount Auburn. Endemic to southern Korea, growing at sub-alpine areas ranging from 3000’-5500’ above sea level, it was originally introduced to the west in the early-twentieth-century, by the eminent plant explorer, Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930). (more…)

Winter Season of Remembrance

November 24, 2017

We are now accepting orders for floral tributes as part of the 2017 Winter Holiday Season. Tributes will be placed at the grave, lot, or niche indicated with your order between December 6th and 22nd. Please order by December 8, 2017 to ensure your tribute is placed in a timely manner.

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Tributes may also be purchased in-person from our Greenhouse as long as supplies last.

 

Three-flower maple, Acer triflorum

October 31, 2017

Every leaf speaks bliss to me

Fluttering from the autumn tree.

                -Emily Bronte

We bring thoughts of some good news from Korea. The Three-flower maple, Acer triflorum is an outstanding small tree, often less than 30-feet-tall, which most autumns will display foliage in hues of muted golden yellow, then changing to scintillating red or orange. Many have noted that autumn color seems tardy this year, so perhaps during November you will still have an opportunity to seek out one of these fine trees. (more…)