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To plant or not to plant

20 Jun

It’s one thing to plant plants, it’s another to plant native plants.

 

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According to the High Line’s official website they confess that less than half of the plants there are native species. Still, it was nice to see native Magnolias including prehistoric-looking Bigleaf Magnolia, Staghorn Sumac, and Serviceberry trees.

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This is a Major Wheeler coral honeysuckle growing at the High Line in NYC:

 

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As mentioned in previous posts, coral honeysuckle is a great hummingbird plant. Major Wheeler is a selection of the straight coral honeysuckle species, Lonicera sempervirens. I have both growing in the yard but I prefer the straight coral species for color nuance, larger flowers, larger flower clusters, and more vigorous growth; however, it’s nice to see any native coral honeysuckle instead of the non-native species.

Why are native species important? Here’s a very interesting if not concise lecture about it:

 

Hopefully, as the High Line continues planting, they’ll reconsider the importance of planting more native plants.

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