That's it, on the left (bamboo on the right).
This is what it looked like in 2012, when I bought the tiny little guy at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, not even a foot tall.
I have to admit the common name is a lot more romantic.
Here it is shortly after planting.
And then it exploded.
I didn't think to protect it last winter, during our December cold or February snow. It didn't care.
As it's grown over the last two and a half years it's gone through a couple of interesting changes in the leaf shape and arrangement.
But I should back up. Usually a favorite just jumps out at me and I dutifully snap photos and post about it. That's what happened with the Embothrium coccineum and I took photos above, but then I noticed how good that opuntia was looking and then the Aloe Haworthioides bloomed, and by the time I finally got back around to the embothrium look at what is happening...
Yikes, that's a lot of yellow.
We haven't even seen severe cold temps. Nor have we had a drought or big rains.
Just a few blocks away there are two established embothrium at the Kennedy School. These photos were taken in the spring, but now they are also turning yellow. I've heard it can go deciduous when the temps stay in the teens (which they haven't).
I was kind of hoping I'd see flowers like this on my tree this spring. Now I'm just hoping it's still alive in the spring.
Cistus Nursery says; "A slender tree, to 25 ft eventually in full to part sun, with regular water. Loves cool ground so best in a north aspect and/or with ground covering plants to protect the roots. No phosphorous fertilizer! Cold hardy to USDA zone 7b." Annies Annuals says: "It’s a slow grower for the first two years. You might want to keep it in a container for at least a year." Slow grower? Not here!
So this, the last Friday of the month, serves as the wrap up of all my (and your) favorites for December. I previously posted about the NOID Opuntia and last week about the Aloe. What have you admired during this last (!!!) month of 2014?
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