117 posts in Plant Profiles

Mar 1, 2017 / Plant Profiles, News / Daniel Sorensen

March 2017 Plant Profile: Corokia cotoneaster

Corokia cotoneaster may not be the first plant that you notice in the landscape, but it might be the plant keeps your attention the longest. This plant’s divaricate branching (having branches of wide angles) and its tiny dark evergreen leaves give it a sparse and angular look which is not a common sight among the green gardens in the Pacific Northwest. 

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February 2017 Plant Profile: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’

flowers of Hamamelis 'Jelena'

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ has long been one of the most popular of the hybrid witch hazels.  Flowers appear as a bright copper-orange from a distance.  Closer inspection reveals a bicolored flower, being reddish at the base but changing to more of an orange yellow at the tip.  Although it has relatively little scent compared to the intoxicatingly fragrant Hamamelis mollis, it is prized for its flower color.   

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January 2017 Plant Profile: Chimonanthus praecox

Chimonanthus praecox flower

Very fragrant, early flowering wintersweet will make you smile. Experience it for yourself in the Arboretum’s Witt Winter Garden.

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December 2016 Plant Profile: Arbutus unedo

Except for their bright red fruits and similar common names, the Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) and the strawberry (Fragaria spp.) have nothing in common.  This tree is valued as an ornamental broadleaf evergreen for gardens and it has a long history of appreciation in Western cultures.
The species name ‘unedo’ is attributed to Pliny the Elder who said of the fruit “Unum Tantum Edo” (Latin) meaning “I eat only one”.   

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November 2016 Plant Profile: Betula nigra

Betula nigra

Betula Nigra, known as the river birch, has beautiful shaggy bark and is resistant to the bronze birch borer

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Sep 27, 2016 / UW Farm, Plant Profiles / Sarah Geurkink

October 2016 Plant Profile: Phacelia tanacetifolia

The UW Farm attracts pollinators and builds soil with charming purple tansy.

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Jul 28, 2016 / Plant Profiles / Ray Larson

August 2016 Plant Profile: Dierama pulcherrimum

Dierama pulcherrimum photo

Spectacular Angel’s fishing rod shines in the summer garden.

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July 2016 Plant Profile: Phormium cookianum

Phormium cookianum at the Washington Park Arboretum

Don’t miss the New Zealand Flax now in full bloom in Pacific Connections.

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June 2016 Plant Profile: Primula bulleyana

Beautiful primroses will brighten the damp areas of the garden.

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May 2016 Plant Profile: Kalmia latifolia

kalmia photo

The exquisite flower buds on this North American native shrub look like dots of frosting on a decorated cake.

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