Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fruits of the Cornus kousa

Just when I think I’ve seen it all at Kennedy School I come face to face with this.
Pretty crazy eh?
According to Erich Petschke (Asst. Corporate Gardener for McMenamin's) the tree is a named variety of Cornus kousa (Dogwood). He said a trip to archives might produce the name (wouldn’t you love to see the archives?), and I’ll update with the name if I get it. What a mess they can make, but oh so worth it!
In the meantime I wanted to get these pictures up in time that any of you Portlanders that might want to plan a visit to the Kennedy School to check it out could. The tree is growing against the back of the building at the north end of the parking lot. Since I was there I also had to snap a few shots of some of my favorite plants….like this Manfreda undulata 'Chocolate Chips'
Agave parryi…
And all of these wonderful Sedum palmeri. I don’t remember seeing them before. I wonder if they’re new?

10 comments:

  1. Nice- they look edible... are they?

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  2. Another great reason to love dogwoods!

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  3. I believe they are edible - tasty though?

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  4. Yes, they are tasty. I gather mine and let them dry to use tied onto gifts, jellies, etc.

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  5. What a great plant.
    I grow Sedum palmeri and agave parryi outside here in wet London and they get through ever winter without problems, tough little things. I love the manfreda chocolate chips as well, but that one gets protected over winter.

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  6. I want that Manfreda!!!! Cool tree :)

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  7. I love that chocolate chips. I would like to find one. And I wonder what the berries are called? I have a Parryi with lots of babies. So pretty!

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  8. The fruits are great looking.... so colourful and juicy looking. ~bangchik

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  9. They are indeed edible, but I don't think I've ever heard anyone call them tasty before! Cornus mas fruits, on the other hand, are quite yummy.

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  10. Evelyn, evidently (see ricki's comment)

    Jane, our neighbors produces the most amazing little brilliant red seeds, tiny compared to these but still beautiful.

    Les, according to ricki!

    ricki, now that's a great idea!

    Spiky Obsession, good to know! I've been worrying about my Sedum palmeri.

    Megan, still no Manfreda for you? Shame!

    Candy, I got my Choc chips from Plant Delights nursery.

    Bangchik, if I get brave (or crazy) and try one I'll report,

    Greensparrow, perhaps there is a Splendid Table episode on this subject in your future?

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