Stump the Chump: July-August 2017

by cathym on July 3, 2017

by Ted Collins

The first person to answer correctly will win a $50 gift certificate to Aladdin’s. Please call or text 585/734-8967, or email cathy@upstategardenersjournal.com to guess.

We will accept guesses starting July 17, 2017, in order to give everyone a fair chance. Good luck!

Name six plants within this vase,
common names will do.
Be more specific? I know a florist
That will hire you.

We cheated a bit. We painted two.
Just to make it fun.
So you’ll feel smart, when you enjoy
The dinner gift you’ve won.


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The answer to the November-Decmber 2016 stumper: Robinia hispida (bristly locust)

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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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Name this plant!

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A native ornamental, it grows to 50 feet tall. It sports handsome foliage and bark, and white flowers in panicles, late May to early June. At Lilac Hill there is a pink-flowered variety, which Ted Collins obtained from Coldwater Pond Nursery (and Ted Hildebrand, no fair guessing). This is an underused gem, great as a lawn specimen.

The first reader to guess correctly will win a lilac from Lilac Hill Nursery. Submit answers to jane@janemilliman.com or by calling 585-733-8979.

We already have a winner, but if you want to guess, leave a comment below.

Answer from last issue (May-June 2014): The Pepperidge tree, also known as black gum (Nyssa sylvatica)