Spring Highlights at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings at the Washington Park Arboretum, April 8 - 21, 2019
Clif Edwards
Selected cuttings at the Washington Park Arboretum, April 8 – 21, 2019

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.