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.