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Old May 3rd, 2004, 12:53 AM
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Stachyurus salicifolia

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Old November 17th, 2008, 11:09 AM
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Re: Stachyurus salicifolia

I have to try this beauty. Is anyone growing this plant in Z7 or colder? Any tips or cultural info?

Appreciate.
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Old November 17th, 2008, 01:37 PM
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Re: Stachyurus salicifolia

The most generally garden-worthy and likely to be found on the market is S. praecox. It has been rated Zone 7 by some sources. If the general appearance of the flowers shown here is what interests you S. praecox provides that.
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Re: Stachyurus salicifolia

Poetry to Burn, we grow several different Stachyurus, including S. salicifolia. I love the look of the slim green leaves. I recommend the U.B.C.book "The Jade Garden" which has a very comprehensive section about it. We have grown S. praecox for many years without any problem, in a very sheltered woodland on acid soil. So, imagine my horror last winter when a frost turned the evergreen leaves of S. salicifolia black overnight. I thought we had lost it! Not so, new leaves grew and it flowered beautifully. According to the zone map( in the right hand margin) we are in zone 9.
Ron is right, the flowers of S. praecox (or S. chinensis) are really super too.
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Old November 18th, 2008, 01:26 PM
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Re: Stachyurus salicifolia

Luddite,

Thanks so much for your response. The willowy leaves and evergreen foliage are what attracted me to this plant. Appreciate the gorgeous photos!

I just grabbed another copy of The Jade Garden, I gave away my first copy to a gardening friend.

I'm in Z7 so it seems it may be a stretch -- at least one grower claims it's as hardy as praecox.

I'm thinking of maybe keeping it potted for a while and providing an extremely sheltered winter spot. Think it could be amenable to container culture?

Love the willow leaved plants. Luddite, do you grow Magnolia salicifolia?
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Re: Stachyurus salicifolia

S. praecox has been fine here with lows of -14 C or 7 F.
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Old November 18th, 2008, 04:27 PM
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Re: Stachyurus salicifolia

Zone 7 would get below 0F, so the shrub would be expected to take 7F. Although I may have seen some damage to these in this area after 1990 winter, I'm not sure. We got down to at least 5F, someone in north Seattle claimed 2F. It being a species there may be some variation in hardiness.

With many genera grown as ornamentals the split between taking much frost and not is whether the species or form in question is evergreen. With Embothrium coccineum for instance, even within the same species the "hardy" ones are the deciduous forms. Likewise Eucryphia glutinosa is as much as 10 degrees F. hardier than the others grown, all of these others evergreen.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 07:19 AM
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Re: Stachyurus salicifolia

I have both S. praecox 'Magpie' and S. salicifolia growing outside here in Trenton. I keep salicifolia in a wind protected location just in case. I have had it for the past two years so it has not come under the worst weather possible, but it has done well. The S.praecox 'Magpie' is not protected at all except for afternoon shade due to leaf burn in the summer.
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Re: Stachyurus salicifolia

Scross,

I like your taste in plants,first 'Wildcat' and now Stachyurus hmm.

Thanks for sharing your experience. I think I have a good chance if I site it carefully. I do have a protected spot in mind near a Viburnum awabuki 'Chindo' that has grown past 20'.

Has yours held it's evergreen leaves without any problems?

Thanks to Ron and Chimera for sharing info.
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Re: Stachyurus salicifolia

Poetry,

Just glad to see that I am not the only one in the area. Yes, it does keep its leaves through the winter, so far anyway.

I would like to sned you my inventory with you so that we can share information about what we have and have not had success with. I try to keep notes, but with my three year old running around...I am lucky to keep track of where everything is.
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Re: Stachyurus salicifolia

Wanted to share a photo of this beauty. I got this plant from Camellia Forest in late Spring. It wasn't so hot out of the box but it's been growing beautifully. It's in a pot with the same mix i use for JM's. I dosed it with nutricote at planting.

I'm very pleased with this plant. I hope to get into the ground in fall.
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Re: Stachyurus salicifolia

There's an apparently unlabeled Stachyurus with narrow leaves at the Seattle arboretum. It is now some yards across. Any frost injury that may have occurred over the years is not noticeable in the appearance of the shrub.

Do not remember if the leaves are as extreme in shape as those shown here, but they do seem to be at least semi-persistent. May have to ask about it sometime at the office.
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