1) Amelanchier X spicata Serviceberry
- This shrubby, multi-stemmed tree, native to United States and Canada, has an impressive spring display of white flowers.
- We have lost a couple of our Amelanchier due to past winters; the remaining collections reside south of the Centennial Garden on Azalea Way.
- Amelanchier are being planted more frequently in the urban environment for beauty and the value for wildlife.
2) Berberis darwinii Darwin’s Barberry
- A stunning display of orange flowers on this evergreen thorny shrub have earned this plant recognition from the Royal Horticulture Society.
- First identified by Charles Darwin in 1835, this plant is native to Chile and Argentina.
- Darwin’s Barberry can be viewed in the Chilean Gateway.
3) Cercis occidentalis Western Redbud
- Native across the American Southwest, an impressive amount of pink flowers cover the tree before the leaves emerge.
- This tree is easily spotted south of the Fiddleheads Forest Camp and east of Arboretum Drive.
- Cercis are increasingly being planted in the urban environment for the flowering display as well as drought tolerance.
4) Pieris floribunda ‘Forest Flame’ Forest Flame Pieris
- The red new seasonal growth has great contrast to the glossy evergreen foliage.
- Pieris have long been cultivated as an ornamental plant with year-round interest.
- Enjoy this plant just north of the Witt Winter Garden.
5) Prunus ‘Shirotae’ Mt. Fuji Cherry
- Enjoy this stunning Prunus and others along Azalea Way.
- This tree has a full canopy of white flowers in the spring, leading to its likeness of snow-covered Mount Fuji.
- This cherry falls into a group called “sato-zakura’, meaning village cherries. This group has been cultivated and hybridized in Asian gardens for flowering display for over 1300 years.