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.


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 !

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.)