Ear to the Ground: The Insider Dirt to Gardening in Upstate NY

Q&A: We ask, YOU answer (Stump the Chump, September 2014)

by janem on September 2, 2014


This issue’s specimen is a toughie. It is a non-native and rare in cultivation here in the States, despite being reliably hardy. A small tree, it only reaches about 20 feet and is generally multi-stemmed. The flowers are fragrant and all above-ground parts are edible.


The first reader to guess correctly will win a 4 foot tall Hamamelis mollis ‘Wisley Supreme’ (witch hazel) from Holmes Hollow Farm on Turk Hill in Victor. Submit answers to jane@janemilliman.com (fastest) or by calling 585-733-8979.


Answer from last issue (July-August 2014): Yellowwood, or Cladrastis kentukea syn. lutea.

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deb ketchum September 2, 2014 at 10:19 am

looks like a russian olive of some sort. i always miss them in bloom at highland park. on my to-do list.


janem September 25, 2014 at 8:08 am

We have a winner!! Melanie Meunier was the first to guess that this is the Chinese yellow horn tree, Xanthoceras sorbifolium. Thanks to all who called and emailed.


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