1) Abies concolor White Fir
- This tall conifer, native to the mountains of western North America, adds an interesting silvery blue backdrop to our Legume collection.
- The young trees are valuable in the Christmas tree trade for their ornamental look.
- The specimens in grid 16-6E were planted in 1938.
2) Acer davidii David’s Maple
- This tree is named in honor of French priest and naturalist Armand David, who first described the species while on mission in central China.
- This species of maple falls into a loose category called “snake bark maples”, having smooth green bark with contrasting vertical stripes.
- Examples of this tree can be found near the Peony Collection on Arboretum Drive.
3) Calycanthus occidentalis California Spicebush
- This evergreen shrub is native to California in moist habitats under 5,000 feet.
- The aromatic flowers, that have a Magnolia-like appearance, show between summer and fall.
- These plants belong to a small genus with only four species described. This species, being one of two in North America, can be found in grid 29-3E.
4) Hydrangea macrophylla varieties Hydrangea varieties
- At the intersection of Arboretum Drive and the Rhododendron Glen is an impressive collection of hydrangeas in flower.
- The varieties in this species can range from white to pink, red, blue, and purple.
- Now widely cultivated in many countries, this plant is native to Japan.
5) Sophora prostrata Kowhai
- This small tree or shrub is native to the southeastern island of New Zealand.
- Unusually small foliage and bright stems are interesting characteristics of this tree.
- The seed pods provide a nice contrast to the small leaves.
- This tree can be found in the Legume Collection.