Old Court Diary
This entry: 19 March 2017 by Ross Barbour
This tree dominates the Picton Garden and at this time of year is doing its thing, this year in particular has been vey kind. No frost, no rain and no excessive winds. But maybe a wee bit too sunny!
Given to Paul by Peter Chappel of Spinners Nursery when he was a teenager, a wee whiley ago then! He planted it in its current position before the garden existed, when it was all stock beds for the daisies.
It was fourteen years before it flowered and it has gone from strength to strength since then.
This threatened species endemic to China where it occurs in Sichuan and Hunan was introduced to the West in 1908 and named after Jackson T. Dawson, the first superintendant of Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum.
Now, I have to admit this is a pretty impressive tree but when it starts to flower the flower casings start to make a bit of a mess on the ground, covering the path and some of the nice wee spring plants just breaking through the soil surface. Things dont get any better as the flowers go over!!!
But it is a very special and beautiful tree a we wouldnt want to be without it.