First to Flower in March

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, March 5 - 18, 2018
Clif Edwards
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum,
March 5 – 18, 2018

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.