Selected Cuttings from the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden

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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Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, January 30 - February 12, 2017
Clif Edwards
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum,
January 30 – February 12, 2017

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.