Starhill Forest Original Cultivars
May 13, 2008Public
Photo: This fantasy Firmiana sets the mood for some very interesting Starhill Forest cultivars to follow . . .
Photo: The creamy white bark of our selection of Platanus xacerifolia (syn. P. ×hispanica) 'Old Bones'
Photo: Looking straight up at the ortet tree of 'Old Bones'.
Photo: 'Old Bones' retains its bone-white bark clear to the ground
Photo: Old Bones at Starhill Forest, grown from a hardwood cutting.
Photo: Late summer foliage of Old Bones.
Photo: The ortet tree of 'Old Bones' shown here in a row of more typical Platanus trees - all of them are white at the top, but note the difference at eye level in the lower bark.
Photo: The ortet of 'Old Bones', seen here at the head of a row planted with typical Platanus xacerifolia
Photo: The Cannonball Tree - A thornless female cultivar of Maclura pomifera (Osage-orange) selected at Starhill Forest
Photo: 'Cannonball' Osage-Orange, showing the nice form of this selection
Photo: The picturesque, horizontally layered form of the original ortet tree of Maclura pomifera 'Cannonball' highlighted by snow
Photo: 'Cannonball' Osage-orange fruit at right, weighing 3 pounds (1.35KG)each -- normal Osage-orange fruit at left -- and a jonathan apple at center (for scale)
Photo: "Beta", a large, mostly thornless male Osage-orange (Maclura pomifera) with erect, elm-like habit, is one of our last trees to break dormancy here each spring, allowing ample sunlight to warm our home during the cool weather
Photo: "Beta", a nearly thornless, upright male Maclura tree that shades our home
Photo: Maclura pomifera "Beta" showing its fall color next to the library
Photo: The original (ortet) tree of Turner Titan Osage-orange, planted by Professor JB Turner on his own farm near Butler Illinois, probably in the 1850s. The tree is a thornless male with direct linkage to the man who made the species famous. The farm is still owned by his descendants, Anita (Turner) Rundquist and Jack Rundquist, who have given us permission to propagate it in his memory. Own some living history!
Photo: Anita Turner Rundquist and Jack Rundquist with the original Turner Titan Osage-orange planted on JB Turner's farm by Professor Turner himself. Turner was the person who initiated the planting of Osage-orange hedgerows throughout the Midwest beginning in the 1840s. The farm is still in the family (Anita is Turner's great-grand daughter) and they have granted us permission to name and propagate this historic tree with all proceeds going to Illinois College to help with expenses at Starhill Forest. The tree is male and thornless.
Photo: Shown here in 1995, this is a remnant of the original Maclura pomifera hedge row that was planted along the east side of Oak Ridge Cemetery in 1865, the year Lincoln was buried there.
Photo: The thornless north tree of the Oak Ridge hedgerow.
Photo: A branch of the thornless north tree of the Oak Ridge hedgerow.
Photo: Guy with the thornless north tree of the Oak Ridge hedgerow.
Photo: 'New Madrid' is our northern-hardy selection of Nuttall's oak (Quercus nuttallii - syn. Q. texana) with leaves that open deep purple in Spring (seen here) and turn brilliant red in fall.
Photo: Our famous 'New Madrid' selection of Quercus nuttallii (syn. Q. texana) with its purple spring color turning to red and then green at the end of May
Photo: Quercus nuttallii 'New Madrid' in mid-spring, now turning from its early purple color to green.