Don’t delay, get your free “leaf peeper” tickets today! See the most beautiful fall color show in Seattle. Located in Woodland Garden on the south-facing slope (north side of Upper Pond). And the star performers are:
1) Acer palmatum ‘Ogon sarasa’
- A Japanese maple cultivar whose name means “gold calico cloth”.
- This shorter-statured large shrub is in the lower right foreground when viewing scene from the south side of Upper Pond.
2) Acer palmatum ‘Wou nishiki’
- One of the taller Japanese maple performers with finer-textured leaves and variable bright crimson leaf tones.
- It can be seen towering above ‘Ogon sarasa’ when viewing from the south side of Upper Pond.
3) Fothergilla major
- This fall color star is a tall shrub in the witch hazel family.
- Two striking performers, one yellow and one red, can be seen lower left of ‘Wou nishiki’ when viewing scene from the south side of Upper Pond.
4) Fraxinus angustifolia var. oxycarpa ‘Raywood’ Raywood Ash
- This fine-textured true ash is now showcasing brilliant hues of purple and wine-reds.
- This tree specimen is situated in the right foreground when viewing scene from the south side of Upper Pond.
5) Hydrangea quercifolia Oakleaf Hydrangea
- This hydrangea with large oak-like leaves are just beginning to turn rich shades of red, bronze and purple.
- These bold, shrubby performers can be seen just to the right of Fothergilla when viewing scene from the south side of Upper Pond.
Read “Science of Fall Color” article from National Arboretum: