In the gar­den

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - JANET CAR­SON Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/ RON WOLFE

QCan you iden­tify this tree for me? Thanks so much. I think birds planted it in my back­yard!

APrunus serotina, com­monly called black cherry or wild cherry is a very com­mon na­tive tree. While many na­tive plant folks re­ally like it for its blooms and fruit, which are food for many in­sects and birds, it can be­come a tad ag­gres­sive, since the birds do eat the fruit and drop the seeds. It is great to have in the land­scape to at­tract birds, but learn to rec­og­nize it should it start re­pop­u­lat­ing it­self.

QA bed on one side of our house gets shade for most of the day but then, in sum­mer, a big blast of in­tense late-af­ter­noon light for 2-3 hours. Any ad­vice on what peren­ni­als or flow­er­ing shrubs might do well here?

AMy guess is that in ad­di­tion to 2 to 3 hours of in­tense light, you get pretty bright fil­tered light for an­other 2-3 hours or more. If that is the case, you should be able to grow a wide va­ri­ety of plants. Loropetalum is a spring-bloom­ing ever­green which comes in a va­ri­ety of ma­ture sizes and does well in full sun to par­tial shade. It

has pur­ple fo­liage and pink flow­ers, or a green-leafed va­ri­ety with white flow­ers. Abe­lia is an old-fash­ioned ever­green that should do well in your sit­u­a­tion and blooms all sum­mer. Althea or rose of Sharon will do well, along with clethra and itea (de­cid­u­ous mid-sum­mer and late spring/sum­mer bloomers). For peren­ni­als I think you should do well with cone­flow­ers, Joe pye weed, daylilies, asters, rud­beckia and salvias. You have plenty of op­tions.

QI have found a flower that I don’t rec­og­nize. This plant is on my fa­ther-in-law’s farm [with a lot of old home places]. I’ve been fol­low­ing this flower for about three years. It has fans that are about 2 feet high, with a small stem fol­lowed by small blooms. When it flow­ers it looks like a small lily with an orange-look­ing flower with dark orange spots. Please help me fig­ure out what it is.

AWithout see­ing a pic­ture, I would guess bel­lam­canda, com­monly called black­berry lily be­cause of the black­berry-look­ing seed pods, or leop­ard plant be­cause of the spots, or candy lily — not sure why this name. The fo­liage looks like iris leaves and the flower heads pop up. Orange is a com­mon color but there are other col­ors as well.

QI bought sev­eral cone­flower plants at the Saline County Mas­ter Gar­den­ers plant sale. As they are bloom­ing I have two of these green plants that look to have baby plants shoot­ing around the large flower. What are they? Are they a new kind of cone­flower?

APeren­nial plants do mul­ti­ply and get larger over time. They pro­duce daugh­ter plants at the base, and if al­lowed to ma­ture, seed heads in the fall. They can re­pro­duce from seeds as well. In daylilies there is a process known as pro­lif­er­a­tion, where in ad­di­tion to the above meth­ods of growth, a lit­tle plant­let can grow be­neath the flow­ers of some cul­ti­vars. Small roots of­ten form and oc­ca­sion­ally a flower is pro­duced while the pro­lif­er­a­tion is still on the scape. I have never seen that in a cone­flower, but that is what it sounds like. It should be eas­ily prop­a­gated. Pay at­ten­tion to this plant, you may have a unique one!

QThis plant was mis­marked as a spirea in a pack­age bought from a dis­count store sev­eral years ago. I have been try­ing to search it out, but I have had no luck. Can you tell me what it is?

ALooks like a burn­ing bush eu­ony­mus (Eu­ony­mus ala­tus) — a green plant for the grow­ing sea­son that turns bright red in the fall.

Janet B. Car­son is a hor­ti­cul­ture spe­cial­ist for the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion Ser­vice. Write to her at 2301 S. Uni­ver­sity Ave., Lit­tle Rock, Ark. 72204 or email her at

jcar­son@arkansason­line.com

Spe­cial to the Demo­crat-Gazette/JANET CAR­SON

Black cherry tree

Spe­cial to the Demo­crat-Gazette/ JANET CAR­SON

Burn­ing bush eu­ony­mus

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