Part of learning about horticulture is the ability to identify a LOT of different trees and plants. Last time I got 8 / 10 in the test and so this time I aim for something similar or perhaps better. The only problem is that they have Latin names that are so abstract and hard to remember. For example:
This has needles…
This is called the Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’. Kind of resembles the Christmas tree and has atlant in the name. Ok, so the next one!
A bit like parsley in some ways
The one above is called Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans’ and so I must remember the japon bit as this relates to it coming from the Far East.
This one is white underneath but green on top
The third exhibit is called Abies koreana – so this must also come afrom a similar part of the World to the Cryptomeria.
AKA the monkey puzzle
This last one is very easy to identify, just need to remember it’s name has absolutely no links to the English language e.g. Arauccaria araucara… Surely these names must get more memorable? Please give me an ocean or a vague country name again!
The yew – isn’t there a link to Joseph of Arimathea?
So the yew is otherwise known as Taxus baccata – can I link tax to Jesus to Joseph or maybe people link Glastonbury to tax and the yew tree apparently planted by the aforementioned Joseph… All very complicated. Let’s go for an easy one now!
Ok, so a golden colour and the river Rhein in Germany – let’s call this Thuya occidentalis. It’s at least from the occidental world so happy to make that connection to Germany.
Bit like a Christmas tree…
This is the Picea pungers or ‘Koster’ – a slightly blue colour. The pic sounds a bit like the French word ‘pique’ to sting – the needles look sharp so let’s go for that as a link.
This one will smell like gin
This is the Juniperus x pfitzerana – it’s dry and spiky and quite dark. The berries from similar trees contribute to a drink that I like…
A bright coloured leaf
This is the Cupressuss macrocarpa or ‘Goldcrest’. There’s a nice little write up on the RHS site – this one doesn’t grow too big but it does start to go golden.
Only one in a pot – can’t get this wrong
This is the Chamaecyparis pisfera or ‘Boulevard’. I must make a connection with a pissoir in Paris and pots.
Hoping for the best 🙂