Winter Interests (Part II) at the Washington Park Arboretum

1)  Chamaecyparis pisifera  ‘Plumosa Compressa’                      Dwarf Sawara Cypress

Photo of Dwarf Sawara Cypress
Roy Farrow
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Plumosa Compressa’
  • 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

Photo of Purple Giant Filbert
Roy Farrow
Corylus maxima  ‘Atropurpurea Superba’
  • 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

Photo of Tibetan Cotoneaster
Roy Farrow
Cotoneaster conspicuus
  • 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

Photo of Nepalese Paper Daphne
Roy Farrow
Daphne bholua
  • 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

Photo of Alpine Schefflera
Roy Farrow
Schefflera alpina
  • 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.