My group got this Callicarpa
Matt calls it the dead twig plant. I told him it's just dormant cause it knows it's winter, but honestly I have no idea what I'm doing or if this plant could survive. I just knew it had a better chance here than in the Arboretum's garbage.Side Note: In another class, a nursury owner was teaching us about trees and he commented how he prefers women over men when gardening because we're more meticulous and careful. But what's our downfall? We want to save everything! Especially the weaklings which should be discarded ... Alright, this is totally me. Here I am saving this plant from class, as well as saving every tiny hosta and coralbell babies I find in my walkway. I can't help it. If it wants to die on it's own, fine, but I won't be responsible!
Now it's four months later, and my Callicarpa is still in my laundry room. I took a look at it today and I found -- amongst some crackly twigs -- green buds (see above circled green buds!). So maybe it's not dead after all. I don't know much about this plant so I'm not sure if it should be pruned, or if I should plant it as is in April. But that's the plan...
It's new home will be where we took down the apple tree out front -- without that tree, it's a full sun area now. Everytime I plant a plant, I imagine it singing the song from Annie "I think I'm gonna like it here."
Let's hope he does.