It’s Snow Big Deal!

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, February 25, 2019 - March 10, 2019
Darrin Hedberg
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, February 25, 2019 – March 10, 2019

1)  Cedrus libani ssp. atlantica  ‘Glauca’

  • Cedrus is a genus of evergreen, coniferous trees native to the Western Himalayas and the Mediterranean. Known commonly as the Blue Atlas Cedar, this tree has vivid, glaucous blue foliage.
  • A large snow-damaged specimen can be found in the Pinetum, west of the footbridge.

2)  Cupressus goveniana var. pygmaea

  • Native to Mendocino County, California, this cypress doesn’t typically experience the amount of snow we have recently gotten here within its native habitat.
  • The pointed, dark-green leaves (which are lemon-scented when crushed) are borne in plume-like sprays.
  • This tree, minus a few broken branches, can be found near the south end of Arboretum Drive along the Broadmoor fence.

3)  Picea abies ‘Barryi’

  • Known commonly as the Norway Spruce, P. abies is the most commonly cultivated spruce. Its native range extends from southern Scandinavia and northwestern Russia to Central Europe.
  • This snow-ravaged specimen is located just off the west side of Arboretum Drive amongst the Magnolias.

4)  Sequoia sempervirens                          Coast Redwood

  • S. sempervirens are native to California from Monterey northward to the Oregon border and are confined to a narrow belt near the coast where summer fogs off the Pacific Ocean are frequent and mitigate the summer heat and drought.
  • The tallest recorded specimens grow to over 300 feet in height.
  • This cutting is from a branch broken by the recent snowstorms, but the tree will certainly survive. It is located along the east side of the Pinetum Trail, just north of Boyer Avenue.

5)  Taxus wallichiana

  • Of the more than 300 trees and shrubs (to date) found to be damaged or lost here at the Arboretum due to snow load, what happened to this specimen is one of the most saddest events.  The remains of what was a terrific specimen can be found along the west side of Arboretum Drive, just south of parking lot #6.
  • The Millburn Memorial, a stone seating area, was constructed in the 1940s in honor of Anna T. Milburn, past president of the Seattle Garden Club.