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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

A New Albizia from Japan

A new Albizia called Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate' has been introduced by André Briant Jeunes Plants, St. Barthélemy d’Anjou, France. 'Summer Chocolate' has a usual composite leaf form, but the foliage is a striking purple-red colour. The flowers are red and appear during the summer. The distinctive green seed pods are produced during the autumn. Like all Albizia species and cultivars this new hybrid must be provided with protection in cold winter districts.‘Summer Chocolate' was produced by Mr. Masato Yokoi in Japan.
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