Foliage Followup – 12/2013

I remembered to take my camera out between work and more work today, and here’s what I saw for foliage at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, just blocks away at the University of Texas at El Paso. Though I haven’t visited in 2 months! Late as always, this time for Foliage Followup

So far, this part of town has only had 2-3 hard freezes and a few more light frosts, so a number of plants that should have gone deciduous are hesitating to do that.

Though I missed my mountain bike ride during that hour before sundown, there’s always tomorrow to double up on my workout!

Chisos Red Oak / Quercus gravesii – often semi-evergreen, even as far “north” as Albuquerque from an accidental planting I did of it a decade ago

some  leaves are more green than red…
…and some leaves have more orange to red (yes, that’s really the sky here)…
…also catching my attention was Anacacho Orchid Tree / Bauhinia lunarioides…still in leaf
…more from the Big Bend…Chisos Rosewood / Vauquelinia corymbosa var. angustifolia…angustifolia meaning…
…narrow leaves
…even with some serrated edges…this one is supposed to be evergreen, and is…
…the more common Arizona Rosewood / Vauquelinia californica, with it’s wider but also serrated, evergreen leaves…coarser than Chisos Rosewood
Wright’s Catclaw / Acacia wrightii still perfectly green…
…including those hooked spines…
…speaking of hanging on late…Wooly Butterfly Bush / Buddleia marrubifolia *still* has a couple blooms on it…mid-December!
Weeping Juniper / Juniperus flaccida…
…unique for a juniper, an ex-Texan in Arizona told me his want for some seed of this, to grow out…
…and a constant here, Torrey Yucca / Yucca torreyi

Now, see what others are posting on Foliage Followup – here.


5 Replies to “Foliage Followup – 12/2013”

  1. I’m surprised to see sienna Cacho orchid in such a dry area. I thought they needed more moisture. the wooly bugger fly by Bush was too cool. I haven’t seen one of those. Do you think they grow well in our area? I enjoyed this post.

    Those plants from Sienna have that Italian toughness:-) Auto-correct jokes aside, you should try that butterfly bush…takes Abq cold and Phoenix heat…prefers rocky or sandy, well-drained soil and some sun…sounds like you, though not everything with fuzzy leaves likes higher humidity…but you never know?

    That garden does have drip irrigation, but our 7-8″ rain / year is with less heat than S TX. Anacacho orchid tree grows in some really hot, fairly dry territory –

    The same tree in bloom (during a sand storm!), photo #4 –


  2. Naturally the hooked spikes of the Acacia wrightii caught my eye, but the Wooly Butterfly Bush is fabulous as well. Oh ya, and then there’s that sky…

    It was cool to see all those plants in good form, still…here at latitude 31-1/2 North !


  3. It’s a lot more lush there than in your former stomping grounds, or so it looks from your pictures. Is that due to higher avg rainfall, or just not being in as bad a drought as Albuquerque?

    True…drought and rainfall averages actually similar, but growing season 50 days longer in EP…and that garden has irrigation w/ Danger G’s “Cram It” style!


  4. Everything benefits from being viewed against those beautiful blue skies. Thanks for sharing the shapes and hues from your corner of the world.

    Except maybe all-rock landscapes! Though, then you just have to look up at the blue…you;re welcome!


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