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  The Latin word of the week  
sanguinea
(san-GWIN-ee-a)

Sanguinea is from the Latin 'sanguine' which means blood. Plants with this specific epithet generally have leaves, stems or blossoms of a reddish color. One popular plant, Brugmansia sanguinea produces lovely trumpet shaped blossoms that have the characteristic red coloration. The many images in PlantFiles confirm that it is a popular plant among our membership and the lovely red blossoms are no doubt the reason.

  The Plant of the Week  
Corkscrew Hazel 'Contorta'
Corylus avellana

To properly set the stage for this plant, it is important to know the man behind the name. Sir Harry Lauder was a beloved Scottish ballad singer and entertainer. He was knighted by King George V for service to his country in World War I.

Contorted filbert began as a sport, found within a hedgerow of Contorta avellana growing in 19th century England. Since it was discovered, it has been propagated mainly via grafting (some own-root plants are occasionally offered). Contorted filbert has grown in popularity as a specimen plant, especially for gardeners who like an usual oddity in the landscape.

When introducing a 'Contorta' to your garden, be sure to plant in a moist, well-drained site, and prune out any non-contorted branches that grow. An annual annual spring pruning will help maintain the desired shape and size.

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Type of plant: Shrubs, Trees

Bloom color: Bright Yellow, Brown/Bronze

Bloom time of year: Late Winter/Early Spring

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 4a to Zone 8b

Height: 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m), 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m), 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

  Bloom of the Day for August 30, 2014  
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Tree Peony 'Shima Daijin'
(Paeonia suffruticosa)

Type of plant: Shrubs

Bloom color: Purple

Bloom time of year: Mid Spring

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 4a to Zone 6b

Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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