Colutea × media Willd.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Colutea × media' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/colutea/colutea-x-media/). Accessed 2021-09-26.

Genus

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
hybrid
Plant originating from the cross-fertilisation of genetically distinct individuals (e.g. two species or two subspecies).
lanceolate
Lance-shaped; broadest in middle tapering to point.
linear
Strap-shaped.
variety
(var.) Taxonomic rank (varietas) grouping variants of a species with relatively minor differentiation in a few characters but occurring as recognisable populations. Often loosely used for rare minor variants more usefully ranked as forms.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Colutea × media' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/colutea/colutea-x-media/). Accessed 2021-09-26.

A hybrid between C. arborescens and C. orientalis, given this name in 1809, at which time it was cultivated in the Botanic Garden of Berlin. It is a vigorous shrub of bushy habit very similar in general appearance to C. arborescens, the leaves consisting usually of eleven or thirteen leaflets, which are obovate, 12 to 1 in. long, bluish green, downy beneath when young. The influence of C. orientalis is most in evidence in the colour of the flowers, which are of a brownish red or coppery hue, also in the longer, linear-lanceolate teeth of the calyx, as compared with the triangular lobes of C. arborescens. C. × media has a large inflated pod like C. arborescens, 3 in. long. This shrub is useful in the same situations as C. arborescens, and may be planted on dry banks. It was once grown in gardens under a variety of names, such as C. arborescens rubra, C. purpurea, etc.