But I am not sure we need pink foliage.
This lovely tree, spotted on our tour of Missouri Botanical Garden in mid May, is a Tricolor beech, Fagus sylvatica 'Roseo-marginata'. It looks for all the world like a pink flowering dogwood, but it is way bigger. It's a lovely shape, it glows from afar and it really does look like an elegant flowering tree, although a huge one.
|from afar, ethereal and serene|
But it isn't flowering. The entire pink effect is from the oddly unnatural mutated leaf color. Up close this tree looks diseased to me, although I know many people find this unique foliage arresting. I'm not convinced --- I think it's the breeders who should be arrested for crimes against photosynthesis.
|up close, odd. Weird.|
I have a tidy little dwarf weigela in my garden that has pink variegated foliage. It is Weigela 'My Monet'. Like the pink beech, it has a nice shape with strongly colored pink margins on its leaves.
Interesting and arresting --- or an odd mutation?
I thought I would like it better when I planted it, and I put it where I could see it close up, near the walk at the front of the border. Seeing the injured looking leaves makes me cringe every time I pass it. It looks like it might be bleeding.
And this poor weigela gave up on actual flowers. They are deep pink when they show up, but as if embarrassed by how gaudy magenta flowers look with pink and green leaves, it only blooms sparsely and randomly. Again, I thought I'd like it better, but I don't.
(I do have a variegated kiwi vine that will eventually develop pink tipped leaves, but those are minor and random accents, not full on pink leaves, and I like it. Besides, what are gardeners if not inconsistent.)
I did stop in my tracks when I saw that Tricolor beech at MoBot, but I wish I had not gone up close to investigate. I liked it so much better from afar.