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Leafing Out

Clematis ligusticifolia, Virgins Bower

Clematis ligusticifolia, Virgins Bower

Now that we are just past the official start of spring, I thought I’d post the state of our deciduous plants. Nothing especially revelatory here, but it might be interesting/helpful to me in the future to have an approximate calendar date for leaf-out on some of these plants.

California natives:

Clematis ligusticifolia is leafed out;
Calycanthus occidentalis is just now leafing out;
Dicentra formosa and Dicentra “Bachanal” leafed out at the start of the month;
the Redtwig Dogwood is leafed out;
the Ninebark leafed out in early February and already has flower buds;
the native lilies came up several weeks ago, the other bulbs have been up for a long time;
the native asters are leafed out;
the Ribes “White Icicle” in the shade is leafed out and still holding some blooms;
the non-cultivar Ribes sanguineum is mid-bloom with leaves just starting to appear;
the two Amelanchier alnifolia in containers are budding;
Philadelphus microphyllus is budding;
the Snowberry leafed out two weeks ago;
Mimulus cardinalis is leafed out;
the Stream Orchid is just poking up


the fig tree is leafing out;
the walnut just started to leaf out;
the Chinese pistaches are budding;
the Japanese maples in containers are leafed out;
the Astilbes just sent up some foliage;
the Chaste tree is just budding;
the young Eastern Redbuds have a few flowers;
the Indigofera just started to leaf out

Dicentra formosa and Tellima grandiflora

Dicentra formosa and Tellima grandiflora

Dicentra formosa was the plant that I was happiest to see this year. It’s in a container that was devastated by skunks last year and I thought it was gone, but it popped out from under the Tellima several weeks ago and now has a few blooms up.

Dicentra formosa and Tellima grandiflora

Dicentra formosa and Tellima grandiflora

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11 Responses to “Leafing Out”

  1. March 23rd, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Gayle Madwin says:

    This is definitely an interesting thing to keep track of. My Prunus virginiana, Ribes sanguineum, Styrax redivivus, Symphoricarpos mollis, and Keckiella breviflora are all completely leafless and flowerless still, and my Amelanchier utahensis has only just put out its first two tiny leaves. I’m trying not to worry, but my deciduous plants seem really far behind the ones in the gardens of people just a few hours south of me, so I do somewhat worry about whether my plants are okay.

  2. March 23rd, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Noelle/azplantlady says:

    This is a very good idea. Every spring I think that my deciduous plants take longer to leaf out, but the truth is that they probably are right on time 🙂

  3. March 23rd, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    ryan says:

    I definitely find some plants are slow to wake up in my garden. Doesn’t seem to reflect on their health necessarily. The slowest Chinese pistache to wake up is by far the healthiest one. It’s also the last to drop its leaves.
    That’s kind of what I’m thinking; have something written down so I can compare next year, reassure myself that everything is okay.

  4. March 23rd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Carol says:

    There is a whole lot of leafing going on in your garden Ryan! I love the colors in your photos… the rusty skillet and painted wall… lovely!

  5. March 23rd, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    lostlandscape (James) says:

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my stream orchid comes back after dying down last fall–this is my first full winter with the plant. My fig is definitely leafing out, though, along with most of the other deciduous plants in the garden. Still, the native spirea and cultivated apricot and plum are taking their time–some first flowers on the fruits, but no leaves on any of them.

  6. March 24th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Christine B. says:

    My yard is easy to keep track of this time of year: everything is buried under snow. Glad to hear spring is well under way in other climes though….

    Christine in Alaska

  7. March 25th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    keewee says:

    Isn’t it great to see the plants beginning to leaf out. Just make you itch to get out and start planting, which I have started here, due to a mild winter and early Spring.

  8. March 26th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Easy Organic Gardening Tips says:

    I really love seeing my gardening plants leaking out. You can see the potential and there is that great feeling that something is happening because of what I am doing. I encourage all gardeners to get out and start setting up their gardens if that have not done so yet.

  9. March 5th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    DryStoneGarden » Blog Archive » Starting Up says:

    […] buds. I was wondering if the warm dry January might have brought an early spring, but looking at a post from last year it seems that the plants are leafing out on a similar schedule, and looking at last year’s […]

  10. March 24th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    DryStoneGarden » Blog Archive » Gone South says:

    […] more of them are a little behind, overall the lists are very similar. Last year’s list is here, this year’s is below the […]

  11. March 31st, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    DryStoneGarden » Blog Archive » Foliage Season says:

    […] a note of when each of them leaf out each spring. Comparing last year, 2011, and the year before, 2010, I’d say it’s all been pretty consistent. And not just the wake up times for the […]

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