1) Acer palmatum ‘Beni-maiko’ Japanese Maple
- The name Beni-maiko means “red dancing girl”, referring to the brilliant red-to-pinkish foliage that emerges in the spring.
- This tree’s current color stands out vibrantly in the Woodland Garden.
- Beni-maiko has been recognized by the Royal Horticulture Society and given the Award of Garden Merit for several recent years.
2) Erica arborea Tree Heath/Giant Heather
- Erica arborea is native to Africa, having populations in the Ethiopian Highlands, mountains of Ruwenzori, and the Cameroon Mountains.
- The spring flowers offer a sweet scent as well as a silvery appearance.
- The wood is extremely hard and heat resistant making it valuable in making jewelry, knife handles, and smoking pipes.
3) Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Alexandrina’ Saucer Magnolia
- The genus, Magnolia is named after French botanist, Pierre Magnol.
- M. x soulangeana is a very popular and common tree in our urban environment with many cultivars offering a wide range of colorful flowers.
- The ‘x’ indicates that the plant is a hybrid. This one is a hybrid between Magnolia denudata and Magnolia liliflora.
4) Malus x purpurea ‘Lemoinei’ Purple Flowering Crab
- The stunning spring display of rosy-purple flowers stand out in the Crabapple Meadow.
- The abundant fruit that sets in early to late fall, can be considered a mess to humans in the urban environment, but is a favorite food for many wildlife.
5) Sorbus caloneura Small-Leaved Whitebeam
- The white flower clusters densely arranged along branches make this tree a spring highlight.
- This rare tree is native to central China.