Late Fall Interest in the Pacific Connections Garden

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, November 4 - 17, 2019
Kyra Matin
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, November 4 – 17, 2019

1)   Cardiocrinum giganteum                         Giant Himalayan Lily

  • As its name suggests, this is a large lily that grows to be 8 to 10 feet tall with huge fragrant white flowers followed by attractive seed pods that progress from green to brown and contain hundreds of thin-layered seeds.
  • The remaining stalks with seed pods can be found in the Pacific Connections China Garden.

2)   Daphniphyllum macropodum                         Yuzuri-Ha Tree

  • A small evergreen tree native to Japan, Korea, and China.
  • Notice the silvery leaf undersides, reddish-purple petioles, and bright blue berries.
  • There is a grove of five specimens along the trail at the base of the New Zealand Forest in the Pacific Connections Garden.

3)   Grevillea victoriae  ‘Marshal Olbricht’                         Royal Grevillea

  • Grevillea is a genus of plants native to Australia; many are evergreen, flower in winter, and given proper care, can be grown successfully in the Pacific Northwest.
  • In Australia, Grevillea are pollinated by birds called honeyeaters that have long beaks with specialized tongues and perch while they consume nectar. In North America, the flowers attract and feed hummingbirds.
  • You shouldn’t miss this plant. It can be found growing in the Australia Garden, located across the road from the meadow in the Pacific Connections Garden.

4)   Luma apiculata                          Arrayán

  • This evergreen tree is native to the temperate rain forests of Chile and Argentina.
  • The shiny dark berries are edible and the bounty of white flowers that adorn the tree in summer are an important resource for honey production in Chile.
  • Several of these plants can be seen from the Arboretum Loop Trail looking down to the Chilean Gateway at the south end of the park.

5)   Stachyurus salicifolius                         Willow-leaf Stachyurus

  • An evergreen shrub native to Sichuan Province in southwestern China and introduced to horticulture as recently as the 1990s.
  • This plant’s specific epithet salicifolius means “willow-leafed”. It is derived from Salix, the botanical name for the genus willow, and folius, a Latin suffix that means leaf or foliage.
  • You can find some relatively young specimens growing along the west side of the Arboretum Loop Trail towards the southern end of the park. Check back in March to see how the pendulous red buds develop into creamy yellowish-green flower chains.