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Phyll. dulcis vs. Phyllo. decora

Posted by treeguy_ny z6a WNY (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 11, 07 at 14:02


I've decided to plant one of these two species but cannot pick which one. Between the two, I'm looking for the one that will get the tallest with the thickest canes.

I live in USDA zone 6a. Avg winter min is somewhere around -5F (I got access to past 50 years of weather station data). When the temps do drop below zero it is usually only for a couple scattered days in late winter(they haven't done so these past two years). We have pretty consistent snow cover from mid-December through the end of February. Summers are not excessively hot, rarely going above 90F, and moderately humid.

Any suggestions as to which would perform better in my climate? I already have some two/three year old plantings of P. atrovaginata, P. nuda, P. rubromarginata, and P. nigra 'henon' - all of which are doing well. I also have P. aureosulcata 'spectabilis' on the way this spring.

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RE: Phyll. dulcis vs. Phyllo. decora

I am in 8a Dallas but maybe this will give you an idea about Dulcis. I am a bit unhappy with its size so far but its also growing in terrible dirt/clay. It has yet to come up this spring so waiting to see what size I get this year. Hopefully I get at least 1.5 - 2 inch culms but to me this seems small after 3-4 yrs in the ground already.

Here is a link that might be useful: Boo

RE: Phyll. dulcis vs. Phyllo. decora

kevip711 - thanks for the pictures and input. The planting spot I have in mind has pretty good soil. The rubromarginata, nuda, and atrovaginata are adjacent to this spot and are all doing really well.

Anybody else have advise/experience/input? Thanks!

RE: Phyll. dulcis vs. Phyllo. decora

both are about equally hardy, the manii decora may be just slightly hardier, but not enough to really make a diference. having said that, the dulcis will produce fatter culms, and in less time, forming an open grove, the manii decora will probably end up a bit taller, with less thick culms but wil make a tighter grove.

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