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Scot Plants Direct at Hedgehogs Nursery, Crompton Road, Southfield Industrial Estate, Glenrothes, Fife KY6 2SF

Thujopsis Dolibrata | Siebold & Zuccarini

Thujopsis Dolibrata is a beautiful and distinctive evergreen which has the most unusual flattened fern like branchlets and leaves. It is a native of Japan and belongs to the cupressaceae family. The genus has only one species. It can grow to be a 40 metre specimen with glossy green leaves above and marked with vivid white stomatal bands on the underside. The cones are huge and can be 150mm long and 100mm in diameter. This tree must have a region which has good rainfall or a good irrigation system and is not drought tolerant.

The co-author of the tree’s name was Philipp Siebold and Joseph Zuccarini.

Phillipp Siebold into a family of medical doctors and a student of Humboldt the early naturalist and explorer. He joined the Dutch navy as a ships surgeon and sailed with the frigate Adriana in 1822 for the Far East. He arrived in Japan in 1823 and was close to drowning during a typhoon in the East China sea. At this time Japan was about to open up from it’s 200 year isolation from the rest of the world.

The European tradition of sending medical doctors with botanical training was quite normal and he became fascinated with all things Japanese. Unfortunately he was credited with the introduction of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) which has become an invasive species in Europe. He fell foul of Japanese authority who accused him of being a Russian spy due to some coastal maps he made in 1826 on a trip to Japan and Korea. He returned to Europe and settled in the Dutch town of Leiden with a plant collection of some 12,000 species from Japan and opened a national museum of ethnology.

On a personal level Siebold married Helen von Gagern and had 3 sons and 2 daughters in 1845.

In 1885 the Japanese government lifted the banishment of Siebold and he returned to Japan in 1859. At this point in history his political meddling and some sexual exploits got him sent back to Europe. He kept trying to return to Japan but failed and died in Munich in 1866.

from the series 18th Century Plant Collectors by Robert Kean 

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Picea Breweriana | William Henry Brewer

Picea Breweriana is a species of extremely weeping trees and a native of South Western Oregon and Northwest California. It is found at altitudes of 1-2 thousand metres.

The immature cones of this tree are dark purple, fading to red and orange on maturation. A comparatively rare tree that is found growing in harsh and exposed ridgetop and is well separated from much of the faster growing trees such as the Douglas Fir. Because of its popularity as a garden specimen tree, many more are grown in gardens than in the wild.

Once again the evolutionary adaption of the weeping habit is directly the consequence of the snow fall found in the mountains of its native home lands.

The author of its botanical name was Sereno Watson, An American botanist, who chose to name the tree after an American geologist and botanist named William Henry Brewer who was born in New York State in 1848. He attended Yale University and studied in Europe at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

In 1860 he was instrumental in a study of the geology of Northern California around the Gold Rush years and was also involved in a survey of Greenland in 1869. He then joined a famous expedition to Alaska in 1899.

He died at home in Connecticut in 1910.

In his honour, Mount Brewer in the Sierra Nevada’s is named after him.

from the series 18th Century Plant Collectors by Robert Kean 

Scot Plants Direct at Hedgehogs Nursery, Crompton Road, Southfield Industrial Estate, Glenrothes, Fife KY6 2SF

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Scot Plants Direct at Hedgehogs Nursery, Crompton Road, Southfield Industrial Estate, Glenrothes, Fife KY6 2SF

About A Tree And A Man

A notable specimen in our collection is Pinus Wallichiana which is sometimes incorrectly seen in gardens as Pinus Griffithii. This pine has needles in bundles of five which have a distinctive drooping habit. The drooping nature of the leaves is an evolutionary adaption to the snow found at altitudes in Northern India. The tree shape is pyramidal and has a bluish colour and commonly known as the ‘Bhutan Pine’.

Specimens were collected in the Himalayan Foothills by Nathanial Wallich MD, who was a Danish Botanist and medical doctor. He was born in Copenhagen in 1786, the son of a merchant. He sailed for India in 1807.

Wallich found himself imprisoned by the British but was later paroled due to his scholarship.

At a later date he served with the British East India Company as an assistant surgeon to William Roxburgh. He also became an associate of the Royal Horticultural Society and his botanical specimens and herbarium collection became part of the collection at Kew Gardens.

He spent his later years in London at Kew, and died in 1854.

from the series 18th Century Plant Collectors by Robert Kean 

Scot Plants Direct at Hedgehogs Nursery, Crompton Road, Southfield Industrial Estate, Glenrothes, Fife KY6 2SF