Autumn Colors Appear at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, October 1 - 14, 2018
Kyra Matin
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, October 1 – 14, 2018

1)  Viburnum rhytidophyllum                     Leatherleaf Viburnum

  • This large evergreen shrub grows to 6-10 feet and is native to central and western China.
  • Fragrant creamy-white clusters of flowers emerge in spring, followed by berries in the fall that first appear red and change to glossy black.
  • You can view this shrub along the east side of the Arboretum Loop Trail in the Viburnum Collection.

2)  Viburnum sargentii                     Sargent Viburnum

  • This deciduous shrub has a native range that spans Siberia, Mongolia, China, Japan, and Korea.
  • This shrub has nice fall color and bright red berries.
  • You can find this shrub at the northern tip of the Viburnum Collection on the west side of the Arboretum Loop Trail.

3)  Osmanthus x fortunei  ‘San Jose’

  • This broadleaf evergreen shrub is of garden origin; it is a hybrid of Osmanthus heterophyllus and Osmanthus fragrans.
  • The genus name Osmanthus is from Greek osme: fragrance and anthos: flowers.
  • In fall, powerfully-scented small white flowers emerge and remain for two months.
  • Find two specimens along Lake Washington Boulevard across from the Japanese Garden.

4)  Vaccinium ovatum                     Evergreen Huckleberry

  • This evergreen shrub is native to the Pacific Northwest!
  • This shrub is typically found in woodland settings, but can thrive in more urban areas.
  • The berries are edible to people and wildlife.
  • There is a patch of this species across from the Japanese Garden.

5)  Taxodium distichum                     Bald Cypress

  • Native to the southeastern United States, this species is found growing in swamps and riparian areas.
  • The common name for this species is Bald Cypress because, while in summer it looks like a needled evergreen tree, it loses its needles in the winter.
  • You can find a few of these trees along the creek south of the Wilcox footbridge.