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Trees, Shrubs and Conifers: Styrax japonica 'Pink Chimes'

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rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

October 12, 2004
9:34 AM

Post #1090922

Does anyone know if Pink Chimes Stryax comes true from seed? We have the 'regular' Styrax japonica, that self seeds readily,,,A newly planted Pink Chimes, is loaded with seeds, curious if it's worthwhile growing them on. We have checked Dirr and other manuals re propagation, and no mention of Pink Chimes,,,Thanks
cactuspatch
Alamogordo, NM
(Zone 7b)

May 30, 2008
11:23 PM

Post #5027853

I am bringing this one back to the top in hopes someone may have an answer. The fun thing was---I was watching an old episode of A Gardener's Diary. She showed a beautiful tree and said this name. I came here and did a search and this is the post that came up!

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


May 31, 2008
6:58 AM

Post #5029606

It's a beautiful tree. There is one coming into bloom near me and I'll get some pics. I doubt it will come true from seed but it doesn't hurt to try.
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 1, 2008
4:18 PM

Post #5035777

My Styrax jap Pink Chimes is coincidentally blooming today.
It's just faintly pink, at least in my yard.
Still it's a pretty tree.

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growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


June 2, 2008
4:17 AM

Post #5039237

Even though they are faintly pink, quite a nice addtion to the garden.
cactuspatch
Alamogordo, NM
(Zone 7b)

June 2, 2008
5:01 AM

Post #5039398

Lovely weerobin!
johnnyvino
Salem, OR
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2008
4:11 PM

Post #5040926

In almost any case, seed won't come true off of a cultivar. Red Sunset drops red maple seed, not Red Sunset although they some times do have some of the fall color characteristics, but it's quite variable. Acer palmatum cultivars make seed, but when they grow, who the heck knows what they actually are. Pink Chimes being as faint as it is, I would imagine it would have a really hard time throwing seeds that showed any pink. It's a good rule of thumb, if you want the real deal, graft, bud, or cuttings always make a true form.

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cactuspatch
Alamogordo, NM
(Zone 7b)

June 3, 2008
1:17 PM

Post #5045475

Thanks for that info Johnny!

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


June 3, 2008
1:32 PM

Post #5045551

Then again, new cultivars are discovered this way.
rcn48
Lexington, VA
(Zone 6a)

June 5, 2008
9:24 AM

Post #5056365

Hey Johnny - nice to see you in this forum! We still haven't collected any of the seeds but figured they wouldn't come true anyway. Say hello to Laurie and Steve for us :)

Totally off topic, but if you're still watching this thread, any advice you can give on Asimina? They are painfully slow growing and barely rooted after a year! The mature trees on the property are gorgeous and I'm patiently waiting for these babies to take off.

Debbie
Weerobin
Saint Louis, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 10, 2008
9:58 AM

Post #5081251

I planted an asimina 6-7 years ago.
In my experience, it grows very fast.
And reseeds with reckless abandon.
The seedlings are easy to remove, so it's not a major hassle.
I have found it to be a very vigorous grower with no special attention.

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