WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 20 the dogwoods mentioned will take sun or shade and are most effective when massed. A favorite maple is the paperbark, Acer griseum, which has peeling cinnamon-red bark making it an exquisite specimen for the landscape. I saw it used quite effectively in an allée design in a more formal gar- den where its winter presence was a knockout. There are not a lot in the trade but it's worth searching out. With a mature height of 25 to 30 feet, it makes a suitable specimen. These are a few of my favorite winter landscape brighteners. Perhaps you have some choice picks too. Enjoy your winter and browse your catalogs and gardening books but do step outside from time to time for an up-close look at what you already have around you. I'm sure you will be amazed. Wishing you a happy, healthy, and horticulturally fulfilling new year! greens. Bark and stems come into their own at this time of year, no longer hidden by their green mantle. During these walks in the clear light and quiet there is suddenly a glimpse of color that brings a bit of excitement. Is it berries, late fruit, or stems? A bit of color in winter does enliven the landscape. The colored stems and trunks of deciduous plants look their finest in the wintry months. I particularly like the red osier and blood twig dogwoods, Cornus sericea and C. sanguinea, with smooth bark in shades of wine reds and fiery oranges that can cheer up a wintry landscape. It is the new growth that is most intensely colored. And while they reach six to nine feet in height they can be pruned hard annually in early spring by cutting them back to about 12 to 15 feet. They have a ten- dency to sucker, so an annual hard prune will keep them in check. There are some great cultivars available like 'Cardinal' or the diminutive 'Kelseyi,' which matures at three feet; both of these are red osiers. In the blood twig group 'Midwinter Fire' will warm up your landscape with orangey-yellow stems tipped red that are quite pretty when massed. The Tatarian dogwood, C. alba, has wonderful blood-red stems and is listed either as 'Elegantissima' or 'Argenteo-marginata.' It differs from the others in that the foliage is variegated and creamy white, which can be effective for brightening up the spring and summer landscapes. All RUTH FURMAN is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH). She trained in horticulture in England and spent many happy years working and gardening there. To reach Ms. Furman, email her at: Ruth@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. A bit of color enlivens the winter landscape. "a glimpse of color" the green scene R U T H F U R M A N

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