May 19, 2008

Give Me Pearls


The University of Minnesota has developed many many hardy plants for our zone 4 climate. Thanks to the U of MN, we have great apples such as 'HoneyCrisp' and a series of Azaleas called 'Northern Lights'. One interesting plant that not many people know about is: Exochorda serratifolia,
common name: Pearlbush 'Northern Pearls'.

This variety was released in 1995. At first glance, you'd think it's a mockorange, but there's no fragrance, and the Pearlbush has PEARLS! The flower buds look like a string of pearls. The flower shape is strange too- not the same as Mockorange.
The woody shrub grows to 8-10 feet tall. The flowering is on the top, like a mockorange or lilac. The best time to see it is right now, when you have bud and bloom at the same time.






3 comments:

em said...

hi neza,

yes, the same bush! many people commented that they had not seen a pearl bush before. mine is really reliable, and in a difficult spot where it gets some road salt in winter. it does seem slow growing, though, unlike a mock orange.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Neza .. I haven't seen this one before and wow ! .. the flowers are amazing. I can see why people might think it is a mock orange at first. I love the "pearl" affect of the flowers. Nice !
Joy

themanicgardener said...

I didn't know the U of Minn had developed Honeycrisp! One of my favorite apples. (I know, everyone is talking about the blossoms, and yes, they do look like mock orange, but me, I'm a former MN native (Northfield)--still visit there often, (usually staying with a friend who lives a mile or two from the Guthrie) & even post from there sometimes (May?) so it's the Minneapolis connection that interests me and gives me the (flimsy) excuse for this endless sentence.)
--Kate