Summer Beauty at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, August 5 - 18, 2019
Clif Edwards
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, August 5 – 18, 2019

1)   Lagerstroemia indica ‘Muskogee’                          Crapemyrtle

  • Crapemyrtles are beautiful late summer flowering trees with attractive mottled and smooth bark.
  • This genus has long been popular in southern gardens and is gaining popularity in our urban environment.
  • This tree can be enjoyed a short walk down Azalea Way from the Graham Visitors Center.

2)   Leptospermum lanigerum                          Wooly Tea-Tree

  • This common Australian small tree or bush can be found in our Australian collections near the southern end of Arboretum Drive.
  • The genus has many cultivars and hybrids for attractive silvery foliage and white flowers.
  • This plant has adapted with fire, needing fire to open tough seed pods.

3)  Olearia avicenniifolia                          Mountain Akeake

  • This small bushy shrub is native to South Island and Stewart Island of New Zealand.
  • You can find this Olearia in our New Zealand Collection.
  • Clusters of white flowers that cover the plant make an attractive summer display.

4)  Platanus orientalis                          Old World Sycamore

  • These grand deciduous trees with large canopies provide shade to Lake Washington Boulevard near the south end the park.
  • The trees have long been in cultivation and are described in Pliny the Elder’s book, ‘Natural History’, written around 77 A.D.
  • Epic shade, attractive exfoliating bark, interesting deeply-lobed leaves, and ornamental seed pods keep this tree in popularity to this day.

5)  Viburnum lantana                          Wayfaring Tree

  • Our Viburnum Collection has had recent improvements – come enjoy the genus along the Arboretum Loop Trail!
  • This deciduous shrub is cultivated for clusters of attractive flowers in the spring and ornamental seed pods in the summer.