What tree in the garden - bunches of small white fuzzy things

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    This tree is at the intersection of Main and Henry (those are path names) at the UBCBG. I couldn't find a sign and I swear I've looked at every posting in the garden forums and can't find it. Maybe it's so common that no-one would bother posting it. The white fuzzy fruits were pretty nifty.
     

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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    No, not too common. It's a Pterostyrax, but I can't recall which one. That area is slated for inventory / relabelling, but, as you may know, things have been delayed a bit.
     
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    Leaves and habit like those of P. hispidus. In addition I believe this specimen used to be marked as such.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Sorry, yes it is marked as Pterostyrax hispida. I had a friend with me on Wednesday who found the sign and then I even found another one. Two signs should really be enough.
     

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    Just curious if the UBC also has the much smaller Pterostyrax corymbosa in the plant collection ? Any comment on this statement ?
     
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    I believe I have seen it there in the past. As for it being a much smaller species, the tallest wild P. hispida have been reported 56' high. A P. corymbosa at the Seattle arboretum was 70' tall a few years ago.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, a 1985 accession.
     
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    Thanks for the awareness , Daniel . I have a 7' ht. x 7' w. Pterostyrax corymbosa in my front yard and I love that small tree when it flowers in Springtime !!! I doubt / hope it will ever reach 70' in my lifetime but thanks for the input because I have noticed much variability with the pterostyrax growth habits . Happy Growing !!
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Here are the fruits on this what now seems to be called Pterostyrax hispidus (not hispida). Which means it's now considered a male tree? So these aren't fruits? It's definitely the same tree as was photographed originally.
    20120725_UBCBG_PterostyraxHispidus_Cutler_P1280466.jpg 20120725_UBCBG_PterostyraxHispidus_Cutler_P1280466c.JPG 20120725_UBCBG_PterostyraxHispidus_Cutler_P1280468.jpg

    [Edited]While I'm at it, I may as well add a better flower photo, from June 27, 2012.
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    I think these produce perfect flowers, entire species would not usually be one gender anyway so that wouldn't be indicated in the styling of the species name - the only gender indication being done with species names that comes immediately to mind is when a person is being commemorated by the name. Fargesia murielae, for instance.
     
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    We found the Pterostyrax corymbosus today. The fruits look quite different from those of the P. hispidus - not small white fuzzy things at all.
     
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    Re: What tree in the garden - bunches of small white fuzzy things - Pterostyrax

    Got another one! Pterostyrax psilophyllus, with fruits that look more like the P. hispidus. I think we must have seen this off the Handel-Mazzetti trail, west of the Meyer Glade.
     

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