NYU Garden Shop Plant of the Week
Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) in front of the NYU Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South.
Tuesday August 23, 2011
Have you ever wondered about the 4 large evergreen trees you walk by when you go into Bobst Library? They are Eastern Hemlock, a conifer that is native to Manhattan island and it's the state tree of Pennsylvania. They are considered the best evergreen trees for shady sites (the entrance to Bobst only gets a couple hours of direct sun each day). These trees were planted at Bobst in October of 2009, and so far there's been no sign of Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, the insect pest that prevented the planting of Hemlocks for quite some time but seems to have run its course in our area. One of the main reasons this native species was selected for this prominent spot is that all three pests that love to attach Eastern Hemlock--adelgids, mites, and scale--are treatable organically with the application of horticultural oil. Eastern Hemlock makes a great tall hedge plant in a wind-protected site as it can be sheared back each year to form a dense screen. It's also useful as a specimen or even as a foundation plant, but make sure to give it enough room to spread out.
Previous Plants of the Week:
Coral Bells 'Caramel'
August 16, 2011
Coral Bells 'Caramel' (Heuchera villosa) alongside Bleecker street sidewalk of #3 Washington Square Village.
August 9, 2011
Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) can be found in various garden areas and containers around NYU.
August 2, 2011
Feather Reedgrass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster') in the triangle at the corner of Mercer Street and Bleecker Street.
July 26, 2011
Panicle Hydrangea 'Limelight' (Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight') on the Bleecker Street side of Coles Sports Center, 181 Mercer Street.
July 19, 2011
Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata) north of the entrance to the Coles Sports Center, 181 Mercer Street.
July 12, 2011
Rose Mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) on the Bleecker Street side of Coles Sports Center, 181 Mercer Street.
Dense Blazing Star
July 5, 2011
Dense Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) in Mercer Plaza, 251 Mercer Street.
June 28, 2011
Wild Bergamot (Monarda spp.) on the west side of Coles Sports Center, 181 Mercer Street.
Hearts of Gold Redbud
June 21, 2011
Hearts of Gold Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Hearts of Gold') in the west section of the Bleecker Street sidewalk at #3 Washington Square Village.
June 15, 2011
Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) in the middle section of the Bleecker Street sidewalk between #3 and #4 Washington Square Village.
June 8, 2011
Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) in the lobby garden at #3 Washington Square Village.
May 31, 2011
Wild Indigo (Baptisia Australis) in Mercer Plaza, 251 Mercer Street.
Arkansas Blue Star
May 24, 2011
Arkansas Blue Star (Amsonia hubrichtii) on the west side of Coles Sports Center, 181 Mercer St.
Sunny Knock Out Rose
May 17, 2011
Sunny Knock Out Rose (Rosa 'Radsunny') at 251 Mercer St.
Red Ruby Swiss Chard
May 10, 2011
Red Ruby Swiss Chard (Beta vulgaris 'Ruby Chard') sidewalk planters on Greene Street between W 4th Street and Washington Place.
May 3, 2011
Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) at Founders Hall, 120 East 12th St.
Japanese Flowering Cherry
April 25, 2011
Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata), or 'Kwanzan,' on the Bleecker Street side of Cole Sports Center, 181 Mercer Street.
April 19, 2011
Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana)
April 12, 2011
Daffodil (Narcissus spp.) in the sidewalk median at 100 Bleecker Street.
April 5, 2011
Lenten Rose (Helleborus x hybridus) in the sidewalk median at 100 Bleecker Street.
March 29, 2011
Camellia 'April Remembered' (Camellia japonica 'April Remembered') at Coles Sports Center, 181 Mercer Street.
Mar 22, 2011
Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku') at Glucksman Ireland House
Mar 18, 2011
NYU Garden Shop Plant of the Week---Witch-hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia) at #2 Washington Square Village Lobby Garden. (interior of Washington Square Village, W 3rd Street just west of Mercer)
Mar 8, 2011
Crocus species mix on Bleecker Street side of NYU Coles Sports Center