1) Cunninghamia lanceolata (Chinese Fir)
- Bluish evergreen foliage contrasts nicely with its scaly bark.
- This evergreen tree from China is an important timber tree in its native area.
- In 1701, James Cunningham (one of the first European plant hunters to visit China) described and collected this tree.
2) Hydrangea integrifolia (Evergreen Climbing Hydrangea)
- A vigorous, evergreen vine climbing to over 40 feet, on the trunk of a mature Douglas Fir.
- Attractive, large and round creamy buds form prior to the flower opening.
- Native to Taiwan and the Philippines.
3) Magnolia grandiflora (Evergreen Magnolia)
- The large fragrant blossoms are the highlight of this tree.
- Native to the southern United States, this tree is popularly planted in urban environments around Puget Sound.
4) Ostrya carpinifolia (European Hop Hornbeam)
- The name Ostrya is derived from the Greek word ostrua, meaning “bone-like”, and refers to the very hard wood.
- The fruit clusters resembling hops hang from the branches and provide a nice contrast with the foliage and rough bark.
- Native to southern Europe, Asia Minor and the Caucasus.
5) Picea koyamae (Koyama’s Spruce)
- The immature purplish cones are great color against the green needles.
- This evergreen tree, from a small mountainous region in Japan, has a threatened status as native stands have been damaged from wildfires and typhoons.
- Botanist Mitsuo Koyama discovered a small stand of these trees in 1911.