Pacific Northwest

July, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Flowers that Flirt and the Bees That Buzz Them
An informational workshop, on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose, Oregon at 1:00 p.m., will be presented by Glen Andresen. Glen says "How drab our gardens would be without the vibrantly-colored flowers we grow. Of course, there wouldn't be nearly the diversity of these flowers without the work of a single family of insects - bees! This family is composed of honey bees, bumblebees, mason bees, carpenter bees and many others, and they pollinate close to 70 percent of all flowering plants. In fact, there are thought to be about 250 species of bees in western Oregon alone." This outdoor class will take a look at the some of the more common bee pollinators, the interaction between bees and flowers, and offer a tour of the nursery's many bee-friendly plants. It's free and open to the public - be sure to dress for the weather.

For more information, contact: Joy Creek Nursery at 503-543-7474, email, or visit their webpage

Favorite or New Plant

Epaulette Tree
For something different in a small, flowering tree, try the epaulette tree (Pterostyrax hispidus). In late spring, after most other woody plants have already bloomed, its fragrant, creamy white flowers open in pendant, 8- to 10-inch-long clusters. Aptly named, the clusters resemble the fringed shoulder pads that military officers once wore on their uniforms. The large, oval, light green leaves turn a gentle yellow in the fall.

In its native Japan, the epaulette tree can grow as tall as 50 feet, but in landscape situations it rarely exceeds 30 feet tall and wide. It is often multi-trunked, but you can keep it to a single trunk with pruning.

The epaulette tree prefers full sun and well-drained, slightly acid soil. It tolerates part shade but flowers best in a sunny site.

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