132 posts in Plant Profiles

July 2018 Plant Profile: Illicium henryi

Henry’s star anise, Illicium henryi, is a large, evergreen shrub with dainty red flowers and surprising aromatic leaves.

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June 2018 Plant Profile: finding the story of our George Washington Elm

The Washington Park Arboretum has two large Ulmus americana in the collection: one of which, the “George Washington” elm, is a historic American tree.

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May 2018 Plant Profile: Rhododendron ‘Ken Janeck’

Rhododendron 'Ken Janeck'

With blushing pink flower trusses and leaves with a layer of attractive fuzz underneath, Rhododendron ‘Ken Janeck’ is a sensational shrub for Northwest gardens.

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March 2018 Plant Profile: Magnolia stellata ‘Jane Platt’

Magnolia stellata Jane Platt

This star magnolia tree with vibrant pink blossoms extends the show once cherry flowers fade.

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Feb 1, 2018 / Washington Park Arboretum, Plant Profiles / Ray Larson, Curator of Living Collections

February 2018 Plant Profile: Prumnopitys andina

Prumnopitys andina

Prumnopitys andina superficially resembles a yew, which is part of the reason for its English common name, Chilean plum yew. The other part is from the female cone resembling a small plum.

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January 2018 Plant Profile: Salix fargesii

Salix fargesii buds

Species: Salix fargesii
Family: Salicaceae
Common Name: Chinese willow, Farges willow
Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society: 2012
This very attractive willow was “discovered” by Isaac Henry Burkill in 1899 and introduced to the west from central China in 1910 by E.H. Wilson. In 1908 Wilson collected his specimens in the woodlands near Fang Hsien at an altitude of 6000 feet. 

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December Plant Profile: Liquidambar styraciflua

Common Name: Sweetgum 
Family: Altingiaceae
Locations: there are 12 of these trees in our collection: for specific locations check our Living Collections database We also have some of the Asian species; Liquidambar acalycina, Liquidambar formosana and Liquidambar orientalis
Origin: Eastern, southeast and lower central United States, Mexico and Central America.
Height and Spread: to150 feet in the wild and 60-80 feet in cultivation
After our last couple weeks of wind storms most of the leaves have been blown from the trees. 

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November 2017 Plant Profile: Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’

Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion'

If you’re looking for a plant that will provide you and your neighbors with a “Wow” reaction during several seasons then you should consider beautyberry ‘Profusion’.

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Sep 29, 2017 / UW Farm, Plant Profiles / Alice VanderHaak

October 2017 Plant Profile: Apium graveolens var. rapaceum

hand holding Celery Root

UW Farm is now harvesting celeriac, also known as celery root – a great addition to your rotation of fall root foods!

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Aug 31, 2017 / Plant Profiles / David Zuckerman

September 2017 Plant Profile – Clethra fargesii

When it comes to outstanding summer flowering shrubs for PNW gardens, one should not overlook the genus Clethra. Clethra is a genus of about 75 species, mostly native to south and east Asia and the Americas.  It is one of two genera in the Clethraceae, which is closely related to the Ericaceae (Heather family).  They prefer lime-free soil and produce white, fragrant flowers in long racemes or panicles in July or August. 

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