Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'
side view of a small living
Jim has always been acutely aware of the pressures society
has placed on our environment and as a nursery owner he does
what he can to reduce Bluestem's impact. For instance, when
plants are shipped they are sent as bare root plants, which
reduces the weight, therefore greatly reducing the cost to ship,along
with the size of the box, packing materials, etc. Plugs are
removed from their plug trays so that the tray can be used again.
The plugs fit into a much smaller space too!
In this year's catalogue Jim and his brother Frank, describe
their thoughts in greater detail. It begins with:
"Bluestem Nursery is stepping up its efforts to grow
and sell more varieties of
native plants. Two good reasons to landscape with native plants:
- to help preserve species that are part of our natural
and cultural heritage; and
- to cultivate plants that have adapted to local conditions.
Recently however, entomology professor Douglas W. Tallamy’s
eyeopening book “Bringing Nature Home” made us
appreciate the role of native plants in preserving biodiversity.
How we manage and plant our landscapes in the coming years
can have long-term positive impacts on the environment."
We also list S. matsudana 'Golden Curls', which is a new name
on our list, but is really just S. babylonica var pekinensis.
We have changed the name to the more commonly used S. matsudana
The two matsudanas are very similar to each other. The only
obvious difference is that the bark colour of the new growth
of S. Golden Curls is reddish-gold, while the new growth of
S. matsudana 'Tortuosa' is dark bronze.
Both have the same contorted branches, as you can see on the
right. By the way, the bright orangey-red in the background
of the picture on the right is Salix
Bluestem Nursery Blog
For those of you who live in cold climates, there is a post
on our blog that will likely be useful to you. It is called
Grasses in Cold Climates. Amongst other things, It will
help you to understand why you might not be happy if you choose
too many warm season grasses for your landscape.
Two recent postings on the blog have been about some new and
interesting uses of plants: