Rutgers Nursery carries (and grows!) many beautiful specimen plants. On Saturday, September 27th at 11 am, Jim Brophy, owner of Rutgers Nursery will lead a tour through our Gallery of Plants. We spoke with Jim about these special plants.
What is the Gallery of Plants?
To me, the specimens we carry in our Plant Gallery are those that serve more as artistic pieces. They both improve the landscape and intrigue the beholder.
What’s your favorite specimen tree/shrub and why?
As you might guess, it’s hard for me to pick just one! A few of my favorites include the Fernleaf Maple (Acer Japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’), Paperbark Maple (Acer Griseum), Japanese Snowbell (Styrax Japonica), and the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) — whose foliage right now is quite spectacular!
Are specimens harder to maintain than other plants?
Contrary to what one may think, they actually require less maintenance! You generally get the benefit of the slow growth and hardiness of a specimen plant — with the exception of the Dawn Redwood, which is hardy and grows exceptionally fast!
Are there any special needs for specimen plants from a care perspective?
Like any plant, it truly depends on its needs as far as nutrients, light requirements, and pruning. Most are very easy to care for.
Is there anything attendees should bring to the walk (aside from questions!).
Attendees are welcome to bring pictures of their property to help assess which specimen might be a good fit. They are also welcome to take pictures as well!
For more information on plants carried or grown by Rutgers Nursery, click here.