Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs eBook

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E. PHILLIPIANA.—­Valdivia, 1873.  When seen as a standard bush, and loaded with its myriads of tiny white flowers, this must rank amongst the handsomest members of the family.  It is very hardy, and retains its foliage throughout the winter.  The hybrid forms, E. exoniensis and E. leucantha, deserve recognition, the latter even as late as November being laden with its small spikes of pretty white flowers, which contrast nicely with the neat, evergreen foliage.

E. PTEROCLADON.—­Patagonia, 1854.  This is remarkable for the curiously-winged branches, which give to the shrub a rather peculiar and distinct appearance.  The freely-produced flowers are white or pink.

E. RUBRA.—­Chili, 1827.  This has less handsome leaves and flowers than the above, but it is, all the same, a beautiful plant.  The flowers vary a good deal in depth of colouring, and may be seen of all tints between pure white and red.

The Escallonias are all of very free growth in any light, warm, sandy, and well-drained soil, and are readily propagated.

EUCRYPHIA.

EUCRYPHIA PINNATIFOLIA.—­Chili, 1880.  This shrub, is as yet rare in cultivation, and is not suited for the colder or more exposed parts of the country.  It is, however, a singularly distinct and beautiful shrub, with deep glossy-green, pinnate foliage, and bearing large, pure white flowers, that are rendered all the more conspicuous by the golden-yellow anthers.  As an ornamental shrub it is well worthy of cultivation.  In so far as its hardihood in this climate has to do, it may be mentioned that in various parts of England and Ireland it has stood in the open ground unharmed for several years back.  Light, sandy, well drained peat would seem to meet with its requirements.

EUONYMUS.

EUONYMUS AMERICANA.—­American Spindle Tree.  North America, 1686.  This is a deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub, of about 6 feet in height, found over a wide area in Canada and the United States.  It is of partially erect growth, with long and lithe branches, covered with pleasing light green bark.  Flowers appearing in June, and succeeded by rough, warted, brilliant scarlet capsules, which are particularly showy and attractive.  It likes a shady situation, and rich, rather damp soil.

E. EUROPAEUS.—­West Asia, Europe (Britain), &c.  An indigenous species, rarely exceeding 6 feet in height, and rendered very effective in autumn by reason of the pale scarlet fruit, which, when fully ripe, and having split open, reveals the orange-coloured arils of the seeds.  It, too, delights to grow in the shade.

E. FIMBRIATUS, Japan and India, and its handsome variegated form, E. fimbriatus foliis variegatus et argenteo maculatus, are rather too tender for cultivation in this country, even in southern districts, and where afforded wall protection.  E. verrucosus and E. atropurpureus are also worthy of cultivation.

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