A Rare Tree Blooms at Ginter
Emmenopterys henryi is a tree made famous by the legendary botanist, Ernest Wilson, who described the tree as “one of the most strikingly beautiful trees of Chinese forests.”
The first time this species bloomed in North America was in 1994! Lucky for you, this beauty blooms early every August Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. You’ll notice the funnel-shaped blooms have a unique form with each cluster surrounded by large white bracts, and the blooms are accentuated by red petioles.
Emmenopterys henryi is pollinated by a wide variety of insects including beetles and butterflies, and its seeds are winged, to be distributed by wind. Unfortunately however, in China this species of tree is classified as Near Threatened (NT) by the China Species Red List.
As you can see in the photo below, our tree is at the top of the Main Garden Path in the Central Garden. Want to learn more about Emmenopterys henryi? You can read more on Quarryhill Botanical Garden‘s website: http://bit.ly/Ehenryi