Virgilia. See Cladrastis,
Vitis heterophylla humulifolia,
Weigelia. See Diervilla,
White Bean tree,
Witch Hazel, the,
MESSRS. JAMES VEITCH & SONS, LTD.
Which are among the finest recent additions to the British Arboretum, and especially desirable for the Lawn and Park, whether as single specimens or in groups.
One of the largest of the deciduous Magnolias. The flowers are creamy white, measuring from six to seven inches in diameter when fully expanded, deliciously fragrant, and produced in large numbers on the adult tree, and even on young plants their appearance is quite a usual occurence. In the autumn the tree is loaded with cones of brilliant scarlet fruit, six to eight inches long. The large obovate leaves are often a foot in length and half, as much broad. Our Mr. JAMES H. VEITCH during his recent journeys in Japan frequently met with it at considerable elevations, and considers it the finest flowering tree in that country.
First Class Certificate, Royal Horticultural Society.
A smaller tree than the preceding, and one of the finest lawn trees ever introduced. It has a handsome deciduous foliage; the leaves are of ovate-oblong shape, rather sharply pointed, and from five to six inches long. The flowers, which are freely produced, are smaller than those of M. hypoleuca and with more oval segments, of which the outer three are light purplish pink, and the inner three milk-white.
An excellent coloured plate of this species is published
Garden of December 8th, 1883, page 508.
A very fine Magnolia, resembling the preceding in habit and foliage, but in its flowers approaching nearer to M. hypoleuca. These are from five to six inches in diameter, cream colour on the inside, and exhaling a pleasant perfume like that of Calycanthus. The broad ring of incumbent yellow stamens, with blood-red filaments, is a conspicuous ornament of the expanded flower.