Winter Interest at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, December 9 - 22, 2019
Roy Farrow
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, December 9 – 22, 2019

1)   Edgeworthia chrysantha                          Paperbush

  • Native to China, the inner bark of this plant may be used to make quality paper.
  • The silvery flower buds will open in mid-winter to very fragrant, creamy-yellowish flowers.
  • Edgeworthia can be found on the west side of the Graham Visitors Center in the Pacific Connections China Garden and the Witt Winter Garden.

2)   Hamamelis vernalis  ‘Christmas Cheer’                          Witch Hazel

  • This witch hazel is native to the Ozark Plateau.
  • Though the specific epithet means “spring”, this cultivar flowers earlier than normal and is usually open by the end of December.
  • The flowers are fragrant and consist of strap-like petals that tend toward a coppery-orange color.
  • ‘Christmas Cheer’ Witch Hazel can be found along Arboretum Drive, opposite the Pacific Connections Meadow.

3)   Lomatia tinctoria                           Guitar Plant

  • The white flower buds of this Tasmanian native are said to resemble little guitars.
  • Lomatia is a genus of the Proteaceae family of plants and thus will resent the use of fertilizer or compost due to its intolerance of phosphorus.
  • The fern-like foliage of Lomatia tinctoria is one of the more delicate and attractive of the genus.
  • The guitar plant can be found in the Australian portion of our Pacific Connections Garden.

4)   Pittosporum tenuifolium  ‘County Park Dwarf’                           Kohuhu

  • Kohuhu is native to New Zealand, has small red fragrant flowers in spring, and is hardy to USDA Zone 8.
  • P. tenuifolium ‘County Park Dwarf’ is a low mounding cultivar whose spring chartreuse leaves ultimately turn dark purple.
  • Kohuhu can be found in the entry garden of our Pacific Connections New Zealand Garden.

5)   Veronica cupressoides                           Cypress Hebe

  • A hebe of the whipcord group, this species is endangered in its native New Zealand.
  • This hebe can grow to about three feet tall and strongly resembles a conifer.
  • Cypress Hebe can be found in the Pacific Connections New Zealand Garden.