1) Forsythia ovata Korean Forsythia
- This genus is named in honor of Scottish botanist William Forsyth. Forsyth was a founding member of the Royal Horticulture Society in England.
- A short and spreading deciduous shrub that is popular in gardens and yards for its early spring display of bright yellow flowers.
- These are planted throughout the park, but can be enjoyed walking down Azalea Way.
2) Magnolia ‘Caeryhays Belle’ Caeryhays Belle Magnolia
- A fast growing tree, putting on 3’-4’ of growth a season. The one located in the middle of the Rhododendron hybrid bed was planted in 1992.
- This tree is a hybrid of Magnolia sargentiana ‘Robusta’ and Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’, resulting in a beautiful display of large pink, cup-shaped flowers.
- Developed at Caeryhays Castle in Cornwall, England. It first flowered in 1965 and was introduced to North America in 1972.
3) Pieris japonica Japanese Andromeda
- A widely cultivated broadleaf evergreen shrub. Native to eastern China, Taiwan, and Japan.
- Fragrant showy clusters of small white-to-pink flowers, in late winter to early spring, make this a popular landscape plant in our urban environment.
- Several varieties are growing in the Witt Winter Garden and in Grid 16-1E.
4) Prunus x incam ‘Okame’ Okame Cherry
- The Okame cherry in a hybrid of Prunus incisa and Prunus campanulata.
- A small tree with a rounded canopy, bears deep pink blooms in the spring before leaves emerge.
- One of the first cherries to bloom. Go for a walk down Azalea Way to view this and other flowering cherries as they come into bloom.
5) Sorbus megalocarpa Large Fruited Whitebeam
- Large clusters of fragrant flowers form in the spring before leaves emerge.
- This tree is native to China. View ours south of the Asiatic Maples in Grid 25-B.
- Many Sorbus species have notable ornamental flowers, fruit, and/or fall color.