New Acquisitions

February 26, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

It's a weakness of mine to get more and more plants. I belong to several plant-related forums, and someone on the Quercustrees yahoogroup mentioned that Quercus corrugata was available for purchase. Not familiar with the species, I nevertheless looked into it. To make a long story short, I decided to get one. Additionally, while I was shopping at the nursery that grew the plant, I browsed around at their other selections, and ordered these additional plants:

  • Acer sempervirens -- ironically, of all the plants in the order, this one had the fewest leaves. This plant is eventually destined to be a bonsai (get used to that statement. I'll probably be using it a lot). To my eyes at least, this maple has a number of unique qualities, not least of which, is the shape of its leaves.Acer sembervirens leafAcer sempervirens
  • Agave parrasana -- well, what can I say? They were having an agave sale, and how can you have a yard in Austin without agaves? OK, so I have a few already...

    Agave parrasanaAgave parrasana

  • Agave parryi var. truncata -- please see comment to A. parrasana.Agave parryi var. truncataAgave parryi var. truncata
  • Lonicera crassifolia -- OK, what was I thinking with this one? It's cute. Yeah, that's it. But I'm guessing that of my new plants just listed, this one is the most likely to die, mostly because since I haven't looked into its requirements, that probably means that it can't take the heat. Well, maybe it will be a good houseplant.
  • Opuntia fragilis (debreczyi) var. denuda 'Potato' -- to my relatives in Saskatchewan, the cactus you have growing there is also O. fragilis. This is the same species, but the shape of the stems is much different. As the cultivar name indicates, they are shaped like potatoes. This species is the northernmost of all the cactus species, growing all the way up to zone 1. This particular variety comes from Colorado.Opuntia fragilis (debreczyi) var. denuda Opuntia fragilis (debreczyi) var. denuda 'Potato'
  • Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Purpureum' -- This plant is destined to become a bonsai.
  • Quercus guyavifolia -- love the leaves on this oneQuercus guyavifoliaQuercus guyavifolia
  • Quercus tomentella -- as the name implies, the lower side of the leaves is like felt. I got a bonus with this one. There were two plants.Quercus tomentella
  • Quercus vaccinifolia -- the name refers to the appearance like huckleberry leaves. Vaccinium is the genus containing such plants as cranberrry, blueberrry, bilberry, lingonberrry, and huckleberry.Quercus vaccinifoliaQuercus vaccinifolia
  • Quercus wislizeni -- I should have checked my records before ordering this one. I already have some growing from seed. This is destined to be a root over rock bonsai. This month's bonsai program was about root over rock bonsai. One of the things mentioned in the program is that usually the rock is chosen first, and a plant is found to suit the rock. In this case, when I cleaned the roots, I saw something the called out for it to be a root over rock bonsai. I went into the garage and looked through my collection of rocks just picked up at the TTSBE property, and there was one that fit the tree perfectly. It's now buried with the roots, to be revealed again in a couple years.Quercus wislizeni planted in preparation for root over rock bonsaiQuercus wislizeni

 


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