1) Chaenomeles cathayensis Chinese Quince
- This deciduous shrub is native to slopes and forest margins in western Hubei Province.
- Light pink flowers in spring are followed by large oblong fruit which are unpalatable raw, but make fragrant jams and jellies when cooked.
- Like other quince, Chaenomeles cathayensis’ arching branches are armed with stiff thorns.
- Two specimens can be seen in the old field nursery south of the Crab Apple Meadow near Arboretum Drive.
2) Corylopsis glabrescens Japanese Winter Hazel
- A broadly-spreading deciduous shrub native to Korea and Japan, this plant is noted for its graceful habit and fragrant yellow flowers in late winter.
- A relative of witch hazel, Corylopsis are a great way to extend the bloom time of the winter landscape.
- Some beautiful specimens can be seen on the trail to Azalea Way, west of the Witt Winter Garden.
3) Cryptomeria japonica ‘Nana’ Dwarf Japanese Cedar
- Introduced to England from China by Robert Fortune in 1842, this slow-growing conifer is one of the earliest cultivars.
- Our specimen, planted in 1960, is located north of the grove of Sequoia sempervirens in the Pinetum.
4) Osmanthus x burkwoodii Hybrid Sweet Olive
- A hybrid of Osmanthus delevayi and Osmanthus decorus, this large evergreen shrub boasts the beauty of the former with the toughness and adaptability of the latter.
- Small tubular white flowers exude a powerful jasmine fragrance in spring.
- Several specimens can be seen along Foster Island Drive near the entrance to the maintenance yard.
5) Sequoia sempervirens ‘Henderson’s Blue’ Henderson’s Blue Coast Redwood
- This vigorous, blue-gray needled tree is a cultivar of the species native to the central and northern California coast.
- The species is in the family Taxodiaceae, which also includes Sequoiadendron giganteum and Taxodium distichum, two important North American natives.
- Located north of the grove of Sequoia sempervirens in the Pinetum.