Thursday, February 08, 2007

Plant of the Week February 5th

Corokia, Frosted Chocolate
Originally uploaded by Brande Jackson.
This week's plant of the week is Corokia 'Frosted Chocolate'. It's our plant of the week because, well, we love it!

It's has beautiful glossy foliage in a very cool brown/grey color, we love it's open, loose structure and the tiny yellow flowers it gets in the spring and summer. We include it on our list of plants that provide diversity to a landscape - its unique colored leaves make it a real standout in the garden. We recently used a bunch of these in a landscape design, and the colors worked wonderfully against the blue grey tone of the home.

Here is what grower Native Son's says about the Corokia family:

Evergreen shrubs noted for their twisting, wiry, interlacing branches. Tiny yellow star-like flowers appear from spring to summer and are followed, in ideal conditions, by small variously colored fruits. Stems are ash gray to black with diminutive, sparse foliage. Most Corokias generally prefer full sun and well-drained soils that do not hold copious moisture particularly in winter. The unusual form can be used to dramatic effect when backlit by night lighting in the evening garden. Hardy to 10F. Native to New Zealand.

We have them in stock right now - stop by and pick one up!

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