Late Summer Colors Appear at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, September 4 - 16, 2018
Darrin Hedberg
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, September 4 – 16, 2018

1)  Castanea crenata                     Japanese Chestnut

  • Though it is one of the smaller species of chestnut, C. crenata is still a valued food tree in its native Japan. Ordinarily the nuts are also smaller than those of the European varieties.
  • This specimen is located on the east side of our field nursery along the gravel path.
Close-up photo of Castenea crenata fruit
Darrin Hedberg
Close-up photo of Castenea crenata fruit

2)  Cephalotaxus harringtonia var. ‘Nana’           Dwarf Plum Yew

  • Native to the forest understories of eastern Asia, this small, evergreen shrub is known to thrive in semi-shaded places rather than in full sunshine.
  • This specimen is located within our Rhododendron Glen, near the upper pond.

3)  Citrus trifoliata                     Hardy Orange

  • A rounded, bushy deciduous shrub, C. trifoliata is native to northern China and Korea.
  • This specimen is located towards the southern end of Azalea Way, adjacent to the south side of the large grove of yews.

4)  Franklinia alatamaha                     Franklin Tree

  • Named in honor of the American statesman, philosopher, and scientist Benjamin Franklin, this deciduous tree is native to the state of Georgia, USA. The only species of its genus, F. alatamaha is believed to now be almost certainly extinct in the wild.
  • This specimen is located along the west side of Arboretum Drive within the Camellia collection.

5)  Sorbus forrestii

  • Native to the Yunnan region of China, S. forrestii is a spreading tree with pinnate leaves that are composed of up to 19 elliptical-oblong, dark bluish-green leaflets. White flowers are followed by white berries, tinged dark pink at the tips.
  • This specimen is located toward the north end of our Sorbus collection.