1) Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Plumosa Compressa’ Dwarf Sawara Cypress
- This cultivar of the Japanese native, Sawara Cypress, has soft blue-green foliage.
- Growing only one to six inches per year, this 50 year-old specimen can be seen just at the entrance to the Graham Visitors Center along Arboretum Drive.
2) Corylus maxima ‘Atropurpurea Superba’ Purple Giant Filbert
- This cultivar of the Giant Filbert, or Hazel, produces long red male catkins in winter before the bright red young leaves emerge.
- This species is native to southeastern Europe into western Asia and is one parent of the hybrid filbert (Corylus maxima x avellana) that is commercially grown for nuts.
- The Purple Giant Filbert can be seen along Azalea Way in the lilac bed and in the Witt Winter Garden.
3) Cotoneaster conspicuus Tibetan Cotoneaster
- This species of Cotoneaster is native to Tibet and grows in a stiffly arching habit.
- The bright orange-red pommes are not attractive to birds and so persist through the winter.
- View several of these plants along the northern border of the Graham Visitors Center parking lot.
4) Daphne bholua Nepalese Paper Daphne
- In its native range, the fiber from the bark of this Daphne is used in making paper and rope.
- Though collected in the Himalayan Mountains, this Daphne is on its edge of hardiness in Seattle.
- This upright shrub is covered in pinkish-white flowers pouring out sweet fragrance in the Witt Winter Garden.
5) Schefflera alpina Alpine Schefflera
- This species of Schefflera is native to northern Vietnam and may grow into a small tree.
- The palmate leaves are red to maroon in color when young and though tropical-looking, will persist all winter in Seattle.
- Find young examples of this species in the Rhododendron Glen along the Ridgetop Trail as well as in a container on the south courtyard of the Graham Visitors Center.