1) Acer triflorum Three-flowered Maple
- This is a small to medium-sized tree, native to northeastern China and Korea.
- Exfoliating bark, three leaflets, and amazing fall color are some highlights of this tree.
- Look for this tree, with one of the last displays of fall color for the season, in the Asiatic Maples collection.
2) Callicarpa bodinieri Beautyberry
- Most species in the genus, including this one, come from eastern and southeastern Asia, although this species can be found in Australia, Madagascar, North America, and South America.
- The conspicuous metallic purple berries are an ornamental delight after leaves have fallen.
- Birds and insect larvae feed on the berries during the lean winter months.
- These colorful berries can be seen along the east side of Arboretum Drive across from the Woodland Garden and in the Witt Winter Garden.
3) Camellia sasanqua Sasanqua Camellia
- This species of Cmellia, native to China and Japan, was first recorded in cultivation in 1695.
- You can visit winter-flowering varieties in the Camellia collection as well as the Witt Winter Garden.
- ‘Crimson King’ and ‘Jean May’ are cultivars in our collection that have received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.
4) Euonymus myrianthus Evergreen Spindle Tree
- This medium-sized shrub, native to western China, was introduced to England in 1908 by famous plant hunter, Ernest Wilson.
- The vibrant fruit, a yellow capsule, provides a nice contrast to dense evergreen foliage in fall and early winter.
- You can view this interesting plant in the southeast corner of the Asiatic Maples collection.
5) Magnolia stellata Star Magnolia
- This is a small, slow-growing, deciduous tree native to Japan.
- The winter interest with this tree is the fuzzy buds that will turn into one of spring’s first flowers.
- This species has been cultivated with many varieties and cultivars, and is quite common in the urban environment.