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Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (October 9 - 22, 2017)
Darrin Hedberg
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum
(October 9 – 22, 2017)

1)   Cedrus atlantica ‘Aurea’

  • Native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria, C. atlantica ‘Aurea’ is a slow-growing, conical tree with golden yellow foliage. As the tree matures, its needles turn to a greener color.
  • Atlas cedars can grow to 120 feet in height, but this cultivar tops out at about half that.
  • A member of the Pinaceae (Pine family), this specimen is located in the north Pinetum near 26th Avenue East and East McGraw Street.

2)   Citrus trifoliata

  • Once referred to as Poncirus, this striking shrub is native to Korea and northern China.
  • Growing to as much as 20 feet tall, C. trifoliata is deciduous and spiny with smooth, green, and crooked angular branchlets.
  • This specimen is located just west of Azalea Way, near the newly expanded parking lot #19.

3)   Ilex maximowicziana var. kanehirae

  • Native to Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, this evergreen holly tree can grow to 30 feet tall.
  • A member of the Aquifoliaceae (Holly family), the genus Ilex contains over 400 species that are native to every continent except Antarctica.
  • This specimen is located within our Asian/North American clade, which is just east of the Holly Wedge Trail.

4)   Mespilus germanica ‘Macrocarpa’                     Medlar

  • Mespilus is a genus of one species of deciduous tree or large shrub found in the mountainous regions of southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia.
  • The fleshy brown fruit are edible following the first hard frost in late autumn, when they are extremely well-ripened, or “bletted”.
  • This specimen is located at the southern end of the Holly Wedge, very near Lake Washington Boulevard.

5)   Photinia beauverdiana var. notabilis

  • Native to western China, P. beauverdiana var. notabilis is a slender, deciduous tree growing up to 30 feet high. It is distinguishable by its orange-red fruits and broad leaves.
  • This specimen is located along the main Pinetum Trail, just south of the Stone Bridge over Arboretum Creek.