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Word of the Week: Drupe

drupe [ droop ] noun: a fleshy, simple fruit with a central stone containing the seed

Shiny evergreen leaves and red fruit make holly a desirable decoration for the winter season. Although its red fruit is often called a berry, it is actually a drupe.
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Word of the Week: Etaerio

Unlike simple fruits, which develop from a single ovary in a flower, an etaerio develops from multiple ovaries (sometimes called fruitlets) in a single flower arranged over the surface of or within the flower’s receptacle. An etaerio is also called an aggregate fruit. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic: Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)
This native deciduous holly produces prodigious quantities of plump, red, berry-like fruit (called drupes), which decorate the plant from mid-fall into early spring. ‘Red Sprite,’ a female dwarf cultivar, needs the services of the male ‘Jim Dandy’ to make fruit. Purchase at least two females and one male for a “berry” good show. Continue reading

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GROUND COVER: Mitchella repens (Partridge-berry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Partridge-berry is a sweet trailing plant with shiny rounded evergreen leaves with a distinctive stripe down the mid-vein.  Continue reading

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