we purchased a Perkins Pink clad.lutea from the fabulous Haddam CT nursery, Broken Arrow, some 5-6 yrs ago.It is in a rather shady spot and has not bloomed since its first year.It appears healthy and has put on slow regular growth, and tolerates many plants around it- from hosta to 2 J maples.
Really hoping to see blooms before tooo long!
I inherited this tree when buying my home. In our 5 springs here, the full canopy has bloomed spectacularly twice and in the off years it also puts out some flowers near the top of the tree. Right now, in the middle of summer, it's very beautiful with dark green leaves and a lovely vase shape. Unfortunately, I have not been able to plant much under it, in spite of the accepted wisdom about deep roots. That may be true, but mine also has a lot of good sized horizontal roots about 6 inches down. Overall, I highly recommend this tree. And a little known plus is that you can play "name this tree" and usually stump your friends and neighbors.
Well, I had to wait over 8 years for the tree to bloom---but what a spectacle this year. A true gem.
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