Selected Cuttings from the Home of Roy Farrow, WA Park Arboretum Grounds Supervisor

1)   Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’                                                             Japanese Maple

  • Japanese maples have been cultivated in Japan for over 300 years. While they are most known for their stunning fall colors, I personally enjoy them as much in the spring for their new leaf color.
  • ‘Katsura’ is a cultivar which appears to have bright orange new leaves, but on closer inspection, the leaves are bright yellow with a red margin.
  • The Woodland Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum, which contains more than 70 cultivars of Japanese maples, is a wonderful place to explore the many colors of Acer palmatum.

2)   Adiantum aleuticum                                                                   Western Maidenhair Fern

Photo of Maidenhair Fern

  • This western U.S. native fern loves a moist shaded area, often colonizing rock walls near streams in canyons.
  • In the spring, the new fronds emerge on the ends of creepy, alien-appearing stipes.
  • This and other Maidenhair ferns can be found around the Signature bed at the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum.


3)   Athrotaxis laxifolia                                                                               Tasmanian Pencil Pine

Photo of Tasmanian Pencil Pine

  • The Tasmanian pencil pine is a rare conifer in the Cupressaceae family and is endemic to Tasmania where it grows to 60 meters tall.
  • This species is intermediate between two other Athrotaxis species and there is some suspicion that it may be a natural hybrid of the two.
  • Cuttings will be donated to the UW Botanic Gardens to help preserve this endangered species.





4)   Kalmiopsis leachiana

Close-up photo of Kalmiopsis leachiana

  • This fussy yet adorable shrublet is native to the Siskiyou Mountains along the Oregon/California border.
  • These plants only reach one foot tall so you’ll need to look carefully for them near the high point of the Cascadia Garden.
  • The NatureServe conservation status of this species is “vulnerable”.




5)   Magnolia ‘Galaxy’                                                                                     Galaxy Magnolia

Photo of Magnolia Galaxy

  • This cultivar is a hybrid between M. liliiflora ‘Nigra’ and M. sprengeri var. sprengeri ‘Diva’.
  • Unlike many other garden magnolias, M. ‘Galaxy’ is a small-to-medium upright tree, growing 20 inches taller per year when young.
  • Magnolia ‘Galaxy’ should be blooming now under the grove of Liriodendron tulipifera in our Magnolia Collection along Arboretum Drive.