1) Berberis darwinii Darwin’s Barberry
This barberry was discovered in Chile by Charles Darwin in 1835 during his voyage on the Beagle.
Located in the Chilean entry garden of the Pacific Connections Garden, the red-tinted flower buds open to bright yellow-orange flowers.
The abundant summer fruit of this barberry is sweet and delicious as opposed to our native sour barberries (mahonias).
1) Forsythia ovata Korean Forsythia
This genus is named in honor of Scottish botanist William Forsyth. Forsyth was a founding member of the Royal Horticulture Society in England.
A short and spreading deciduous shrub that is popular in gardens and yards for its early spring display of bright yellow flowers.
These are planted throughout the park, but can be enjoyed walking down Azalea Way.
“So if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine.”
– Bob Dylan
Three significant tree collections succumbed to frigid north winds this past weekend. These cuttings pay homage to their past lives.
1) Nothofagus pumilio Lenga Beech in Mapuche language (Grid 49-2E)
This Chilean deciduous tree from the Andes (accession 637-70*A) was received as a whole plant from Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden in 1970.Read more
1) Salix ‘Swizzlestick’ Corkscrew Willow
Thrives in wet locations and is salt tolerant.
Orange-yellow young twigs that have a corkscrew growth pattern
Cut back hard in spring to promote attractive new branches.
2) Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ Yellow Twig Dogwood
Medium to large, deciduous shrub
Bright yellow-green young twigs easily grown in medium-to-wet soils in full sun or part shade.
Species native to North America (excluding lower mid-west and deep south)
3) Salix alba ‘Britzensis’ Coral Bark Willow
Fast growing to 80 feet tall, but may be coppiced each spring.Read more
1) Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna Sweet Box
Evergreen, rhizomatous, suckering shrub
Purplish stems with narrowly lanceolate, mid-green leaves and clusters of small, creamy-white, fragrant flowers
Native to western China
2) Hamamelis mollis Chinese Witch Hazel
Medium-to-large, deciduous shrub
Fragrant yellow flowers often with a red base, with four ribbon-shaped petals that grow in clusters
Native to central and eastern China
3) Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ Bhulu Swa, Nepalese Paper plant
Leathery leaves and deep pink flowers with a powerful fragrance
Native to the Himalayas and neighboring mountain ranges from Nepal to southern China
4) Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ Silk Tassel
Evergreen shrub to small tree
Yellowish-colored, male catkins that dangle 12″ or more from the ends of the branches in winter to early spring and turn gray as they age.
1) Arbutus unedo Strawberry Tree
Arbutus unedo specimens can be found surrounding the courtyard on the south side of the Graham Visitors Center.
As the fruit requires 12 months to ripen, both flowers and ripe fruit are present in the fall for an excellent display as well as food for both pollinators and other wildlife.
Varied thrush visit our courtyard in the winter to take advantage of the dense cover and fruit.
1) Acer triflorum Three-flowered Maple
This is a small to medium-sized tree, native to northeastern China and Korea.
Exfoliating bark, three leaflets, and amazing fall color are some highlights of this tree.
Look for this tree, with one of the last displays of fall color for the season, in the Asiatic Maples collection.
2) Callicarpa bodinieri Beautyberry
Most species in the genus, including this one, come from eastern and southeastern Asia, although this species can be found in Australia, Madagascar, North America, and South America.Read more
Don’t delay, get your free “leaf peeper” tickets today! See the most beautiful fall color show in Seattle. Located in Woodland Garden on the south-facing slope (north side of Upper Pond). And the star performers are:
1) Acer palmatum ‘Ogon sarasa’
A Japanese maple cultivar whose name means “gold calico cloth”.
This shorter-statured large shrub is in the lower right foreground when viewing scene from the south side of Upper Pond.
1) Cedrus atlantica ‘Aurea’
Native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria, C. atlantica ‘Aurea’ is a slow-growing, conical tree with golden yellow foliage. As the tree matures, its needles turn to a greener color.
Atlas cedars can grow to 120 feet in height, but this cultivar tops out at about half that.
A member of the Pinaceae (Pine family), this specimen is located in the north Pinetum near 26th Avenue East and East McGraw Street.
Thanks to spot on planning and recruitment by our partner, Arboretum Foundation, and cooperative PNW weather, two of our biggest community service events during the year were a huge success!
We celebrated United Way Day of Caring on September 15, when 130 volunteers representing 6 companies; Nordstrom, Sonos, Fred Hutch, Google, IMPINJ, Microsoft and Chase Bank, participated in 7 arboretum projects led by UW Botanic Gardens horticulture and Seattle Parks and Recreation staff.