1 Last week, more than three-thousand container seedlings and root cuttings were delivered to the farm on large wooden pallets from JLPN. https://jlpnliners.com/
2 These were the largest trees to arrive with this delivery. Ryan quickly untied, unwrapped and uncovered all the specimens to assess their condition.
3 I ordered one Parrotia persica 'Persian Spire' and one Styrax japonicus 'JLWeeping'.
4 In spring, these leaves of the Parrotia emerge with a strong purple cast fading into a purple halo margin on green leaves.
5 These smaller trees are also Styrax japonicus 'JLWeeping'. This tree features dainty lightly-scented nodding pink bell-shaped flowers hanging below the branches from mid to late spring, and green foliage throughout the season.
6 Each young seedling was supported by a stake, and tightly packaged in this crate - they all traveled quite well.
7 This large crate contained thousands of bare root cuttings. Everything was placed in my Equipment Barn, where they could be thoroughly inspected.
8 When shipped, most bare root plants have their roots surrounded with shavings, sphagnum, peat moss, shredded newspaper, or some other water-holding substrate to maintain as much moisture as possible.
9 The roots have to be formed and developed around 85-percent of the base of the cutting before it's sold. Among the benefits of getting bare root cuttings is that they are very easy to inspect for root development - roots should never have a dry, grayish appearance, or in contrast, be saturated or water-logged.
10 Ryan checked every bundle of trees to ensure all the tree and shrub varieties on the list matched up with those in the crate.
11 They were inspected for signs of mechanical damage, weather-induced stress, and insect or disease infestation. Seedlings and cuttings should be fully dormant.
12 To keep the cuttings moist, but not over watered, Ryan loosely covered these cuttings with a plastic bag.
13 Each bundle contained 25, 50 or 100-cuttings. Ryan placed like varieties together. This bucket contains Laburnum anagyroides, or Golden Chain. It has spectacular color in summer from long, drooping clusters of fragrant, bright yellow flowers.
14 Most of the species cuttings we received have an average height of about 12-18 inches, with some reaching about 24-36 inches.
15 JLPN's cuttings are harvested in December, graded, and then held in cold storage until shipment in spring.
16 These are Quercus veluntina, or eastern black oak, a medium-sized to large oak of the eastern and midwestern United States. It is sometimes called yellow oak, quercitron, yellowbark oak, or smoothbark oak, and grows best on moist, rich, well-drained soils.
17 Some of the other varieties include Carpinus carolina, or American hornbeam, Quercus phellos, or Willow Oak, Betula nigra Select, a special select of River Birch, Alice hydrangeas, Crataegus phaenopyrum or Washington hawthorne.
18 Ryan got all the trees into tubs where they could be given a good drink of water.
19 These container seedlings are Stewartia pseudocamellia, a Japanese stewartia. It is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a stunning bark that exfoliates in strips of gray, orange and reddish brown once the trunk attains a diameter of about two to three-inches. We planted quite a few Stewartias not too long ago. http://www.themarthablog.com/2016/04/planting-stewartia-trees-at-the-farm.html
20 This tree grows somewhat slowly until established, eventually reaching up to 40-feet tall and 20-feet wide. It's an excellent specimen tree.
21 Similar, but smaller than the Stewartia pseudocamellia, these Korean Stewartia are dense 20 to 30-feet tall pyramidal trees with three-inch white blooms in summer.
22 I wanted several Stewartia seedlings to be planted next to the more mature specimens in the new Stewartia grove. Phhurba and Dawa were busy putting them into the garden.
23 This tree is only a couple of years old - I wish it would grow faster, so we could enjoy its beauty sooner.
24 We decided to plant the Parrotia persica here as well. Compared to other columnar trees, Parrotia has a long-lasting, elaborate autumn color display of ever-changing yellow, orange, burgundy and red hues.
25 A columnar growth habit distinguishes it from other upright Parrotia trees. This one is highly versatile and can be used in the landscape as a narrow growing tree, hedge or screen.
26 After considering the eventual size of the tree, and its growth habit, we decided to plant the larger Styrax japonica outside the stable. This tree was heavily pruned for shipping.
27 Near the daffodil border and among two weeping cherry trees with similar habits, this Styrax will be perfect in this location. Dawa and Phhurba carefully placed the tree in the hole, added some fertilizer and then backfilled it with soil.
28 It doesn't look like much now, but the Styrax japonicus, also known as a Japanese snowbell, is a compact, deciduous flowering tree with horizontal branching and a rounded crown.
29 This tree will be so beautiful once it is established. Stay tuned for more on my big tree-planting project here at the farm.