Fine (Evergreen) Foliage of Fall

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (October 31, 2016 - November 13, 2016)
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum
(October 31, 2016 – November 13, 2016)

1)   Arbutus unedo                    Strawberry Tree

  • Autumn brings bright white bell flowers and deep red-orange fruit, both of which are set off by the deep-green, leathery leaves.
  • Hidden under the foliage are attractive stems with shredding red-brown bark.

2)   Berberis (Mahonia) fortunei              Chinese Mahonia

  • Many evergreen Mahonias have excellent textural foliage, from large and bold to low and delicate.
  • Berberis fortunei can be found growing low to the ground on our Sino-Himalayan hillside.

3)   Rhododendron decorum

  • This aptly named rhododendron species has especially handsome foliage, typical of the elepidote (non-scaly) division of rhododendrons.
  • The white funnel-shaped flowers are particularly fragrant.
  • An excellent specimen can be found along Azalea Way as part of our Plant Parenthood display at the Rhododendron Hybrid Bed.

4)   Rhododendron sinofalconeri

  • The excellent bold foliage of this rhododendron can be found on our Sino-Himalayan hillside.
  • This species is one of the hardiest large-leaf rhododendrons and can quickly grow into a small tree.

5)   Vaccinium ovatum                Evergreen Huckleberry

  • Always a stalwart member of shady gardens in the Pacific Northwest, the delicate texture blends well with ferns, hostas and other shade-loving perennials.
  • New foliage is bright red, eventually fading to a deep green.
  • The hardy stems make excellent cutting material to bring indoors for the holidays.