1) Stewartia monadelpha Orange Bark Stewartia
- Stewartia monadelpha is a small tree (up to 25 feet high) with stunning cinnamon bark.
- A member of the Camellia family, the white flowers resemble those of small, simple Camellias and can be viewed in early summer.
- Several beautiful specimens can be viewed at the southern end of the Camellia Collection.
2) Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Muskogee’ Muskogee Crepe Myrtle
- This garden hybrid was developed by the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
- The greyish-tan bark exfoliates in patchwork patterns reminiscent of jigsaw puzzle pieces.
- The pink blooms are a welcome sight in late summer and early fall.
- You can see a grove of Muskogee Crepe Myrtles just west of the Graham Visitors Center near Azalea Way.
3) Arbutus menziesii Pacific Madrone
- Our only native broad-leaved evergreen tree, Arbutus menziesii are much beloved for their reddish exfoliating bark and twisted growth form.
- A relative of rhododendrons, heather, and blueberries, these trees flower in spring and by fall, are laden with clusters of orange berries.
- A. menziesii thrive in dry rocky sites, usually close to saltwater.
- The trees are susceptible to a variety of fungal pathogens and often have large cankers on their trunks and branches.
- You can view these trees along the south end of Arboretum Drive.
4) Quercus suber Cork Oak
- From the Mediterranean region, this thickly-barked oak is the source of cork used for wine bottles, dart boards, and flooring.
- This evergreen tree can grow to be 65 feet tall, and prefers well-drained soil and full sun.
- A nice specimen with deeply-fissured bark can be seen in the Mediterranean section of the Arboretum.
5) Acer tegmentosum ‘Joe Witt’ Manchurian Snake Bark Maple
- The green and white-striped bark of this small tree is especially striking in the winter.
- ‘Joe Witt’ was selected from the Washington Park Arboretum by local plantsman, Dan Hinkley and named in honor of former Arboretum curator, Joseph A. Witt.
- The Winter Garden is home to a lovely Acer tegmentosum ‘Joe Witt’.