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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Can't hardly believe it's December already

It's December, and this is what my side yard looked like just a couple of days ago. Quite a spectacular mess from my big-leaved magnolia, for sure. OK, the leaves are big, but at least I can take comfort in the fact that they are relatively few. My leaf vacuum is JUST barely able to suck them up.

Someone who knows the evergreen(ish) viburnums might be able to identify this plant growing in front of one the administration buildings on Thompson. I assume the species epithet begins with the letters "rhytid" but that's as far as I've ever gotten with this group of unusual and impressive shrubs. Maybe they are a little gloomy, but they deserve much wider use, in my humble opinion.

This honeysuckle no doubt started as a volunteer from a seed shat out by a robin. I placed the 8-1/2 x 11" sheet of paper in the photo for scale.  The corner of this yard is now a no-man's-land.

A gotta say: the iPhone can take nice enough pictures, but it never does justice to large objects.  It invariably makes the largest landscape objects appear positively puny.


  1. when you find out about that viburnum I would like to know. is that the one that flowers in the fall?

  2. OK, I did a little bit of research. Viburnum rhytidophyllum is a species from Asia known as leatherleaf viburnum. It is crossed with the deciduous Eurasian V. lantana ("wayfaring tree") to produce V. x rhytidophylloides. That doesn't mean I would know them apart by sight, as I've never learned them. None of the above mentioned taxa are fall-flowering. Is there a fall-flowering viburnum?

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  4. I can show you one on esch by pine valley that has flowers every fall. I have seen others but I don't remember where.

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