Amur Maackia

Maackia amurensis
photo: Bruce J. Marlin via Wikimedia Commons

Maackia

<i>Maackia amurensis</i>

Honoring the 19th century Russian naturalist, Karlovich Maack, this handsome, yet resilient small-sized Asian native has championed four-season allure since it was first introduced in 1864. Five to seven silvery green deciduous leaflets define attractive locust-style compound leaves, which mature to olive green on a broad, slow growing rounded framework of stiff interlacing branches and lustrous curly exfoliating bark with warm coppery tan shades. Heightened by pale slate blue hues, fragrant porcelain-colored pea-like flowers densely populate the showy upright clustered racemes; flat brown 2 to 3 in. long pods follow.

An obliging easy-care specimen for lawns, patios, large vessels or sidewalks, the little-known Amur Maackia touts natty good looks, favors a sunny well-drained setting, and promotes beneficial nitrogen-fixing bacteria on its roots. Grows slow to moderately. Medium Band.

Blooms June/July.

Size: 20' 0" – 30' 0" high x 20' 0" – 30' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

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Amazing Achilleas…. These sturdy, dependable perennials produce small indivdual blooms that populate broad, flat flower heads, lending welcome horizontal elements to any garden bed. Ideal for bouquets, fresh or dried, the long-lasting blossoms range in color from alabaster to soft yellow and gold, as well as terracotta, pink and sassy red. Cut back their flowers in midsummer and enjoy a fall encore! Spicy scented, attractive fern-like green or gray-tinged foliage cloaks their strong straight stems. Slowly spreading and somewhat drought tolerant, Yarrow seem to thrive on neglect. They can handle low soil fertility plus coastal wind and salt spray. Be sure to check out our diverse on-line Achillea selections!

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