Selected Cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, January 21, 2020 - February 2, 2020
Darrin Hedberg
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, January 21, 2020 – February 2, 2020

1)  Abies pinsapo var. marocana

  • This fir is native to Morocco, where it occupies a small area in the mountains south of Tetuan.
  • Not as tall as the type, this variety has needles similar to A. pinsapo but are wider and longer.
  • Located along the Arboretum Loop Trail, just south of parking lot #19.

2)  Cunninghamia konishii

  • Cunninghamia is a genus of just three species native to northeastern Asia. C. konishii is a large tree in its native habitat of Formosa (to 150 feet high), but here, it only grows to perhaps 30 feet.
  • Several specimens of Cunninghamia can be found in the Pinetum near the Newton Street entrance.

3)  Pinus kwangtungensis

  • This specimen is native to the northern Guangdong region of China, typically growing on acidic volcanic and metamorphic rocks and granite outcrops.
  • P. kwangtungensis has glabrous to thinly pubescent shoots and leaves with vivid white stomatal bands.
  • Located at the south end of Arboretum Drive within the Cascadia footprint.

4)  Thuja plicata ‘Whipcord’

  • A mounding, weeping shrub that is mop-like in appearance, this is nonetheless a cultivar of our native Western Red Cedar.
  • It is said that the green, cord-like foliage that bronzes in winter takes some getting used to.
  • Located in the Cascadia Entry Garden, along the Pacific Connections Meadow Loop.

5)  Viburnum foetens

  • This specimen is an upright deciduous shrub that produces fragrant white or pink-tinged white flowers from late fall to early spring.
  • The flowers are followed by ovoid red fruit, ripening to black.
  • Located within the Witt Winter Garden.