The Witt Winter Garden was originally designed and planted in 1949. In the late 1980s the garden was named after Joseph A. Witt, an Arboretum curator who had a special interest in winter ornamental plants. Here is a small sampling of plants to be enjoyed now in the Winter Garden.
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1) Chimonanthus praecox (Wintersweet)
- The 15’ tall arching stems host beautiful and aromatic creamy, yellowish flowers.
- A native tree to China.
2) Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ (Midwinter Fire Dogwood)
- Striking peach to firey pinkish-red stems and trunk offer great winter interest in the landscape.
- A very common plant native throughout much of Europe and into western Asia.
- This planting neighbors the Wintersweet and offers great contrast between the two collections.
3) Garrya x issaquahensis ‘Carl English’ (Carl English Silk Tassel)
- This silk tassel tree is a hybrid between Garrya elliptica and Garrya fremontii.
- The colorful long tassels on a small evergreen shrub, are a striking site to the winter environment.
- Garrya species are dioecious, meaning it has separate male and female plants, of which the male plants are more commonly cultivated for abundant ornamental tassels.
4) Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Winter Beauty’ (Witch Hazel)
- This small tree with zig-zagging arched branches is located in the northeast corner of the Winter Garden.
- The delicate orange flowers fill the trailside with a wonderful aroma during this season.
5) Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ (Star Magnolia)
- The large abundant fuzzy buds give character to the white smooth branches.
- This tree is native to Japan.
- In spring, this tree will erupt into a canopy full of blossoms.