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Re: possibly c. peltata
Posted by George in Bandon Oregon on 7/14/2017, 6:35 pm, in reply to "Re: possibly c. peltata"
Edited by George in Bandon Oregon on 7/15/2017, 12:01 am
think there's a whole bunch of south American plants (did you know that there are supposed to be 22 species of magnolia growing in Colombia alone???) growing in various potentially (somewhat) similar habitats to various parts of north America that are either completely absent from cultivation or extremely rare even in botanical gardens let alone nurseries. it's well to remember that the now relatively common "ipe" trees (tabebuia spp. or whatever they're currently being called)are relatively late comers to California horticulture and just like jacaranda the ones in cultivation are only a fraction of what might be growable. that cecropia spp. are rare MIGHT as much an accident or an over-sight notwithstanding that potential lack of hardiness or drought tolerance might also be in play.
FWIW, the many potentially garden-worthy plants (embothrium, nothofagus, eucryphia, lomatia, luma, drimys, fitzroya, araucaria, etc.) of TEMPERATE south America are also still comparatively to just plain rare to non-existent in suitable areas along the west coast from say north of S.F. all the way to Vancouver Island
the upper southern oregon coast
USDA zone 9a (Sunset zone 5)
DRY cool summers and WET cool winters
grow eucalyptus, banksias, telopeas, grevilleas, bottlebrush, mexican pines and oaks
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