Selected cuttings make their appearance in late March at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, March 19, 2018 - April 1, 2018
Roy Farrow
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum,
March 19, 2018 – April 1, 2018

1)  Berberis darwinii                     Darwin’s Barberry

  • This barberry was discovered in Chile by Charles Darwin in 1835 during his voyage on the Beagle.
  • Located in the Chilean entry garden of the Pacific Connections Garden, the red-tinted flower buds open to bright yellow-orange flowers.
  • The abundant summer fruit of this barberry is sweet and delicious as opposed to our native sour barberries (mahonias).

 

2)  Corylopsis spicata                     Spike Winter Hazel

  • Winter Hazels open their abundant yellow flowers in late winter to early spring.
  • In the Witt Winter Garden, we have several species of winter hazels, including C. spicata, C. sinensis var. calvescens, C. gotoana and C. glabrescens.

3)  Grevillea victoriae                     Royal Grevillea

  • One of the hardiest members in the genus Grevillea, this shrub produces red-orange buds in fall that wait until late winter to open and are very popular with hummingbirds.
  • The Royal Grevillea can be found in the Australian entry garden of the Pacific Connections Garden.

4)  Ribes sanguineum                     Red Flowering Currant

  • This Pacific Northwest native shrub is another favorite of hummingbirds.
  • The red flowering currant lacks the spines of others in the genus Ribes known as gooseberries, but does has the same tasty fruit in summer.
  • Though known as the red flowering currant, the flowers of R. sanguineum vary from white to almost-red-deep-pink as seen in the Cascadia entry garden of the Pacific Connections Garden.

5)  Stachyurus praecox                     Early Spiketail

  • Native to Japan, the name Stachyurus means a spike-like raceme of flowers resembling an ear of corn.
  • Our most floriferous S. praecox is located on the east side of Arboretum Drive at the Woodland Garden.