Fred Hoyt, UW Botanic Gardens Director and Orin and Althea Soest Chair for Urban Horticulture, has announced he will retire at the end of January, 2021. Please join us in showing our appreciation for Fred’s service and congratulating him on his retirement.Read more
1) Camellia sasanqua ‘Briar Rose’ Briar Rose Camellia
This medium-sized, flowering evergreen shrub is native to Japan. Camellia sasanqua has many cultivars with the most popular being varieties that bloom in winter.
You can currently view ‘Briar Rose’ Camellia in bloom, sitting at the Mary Hughes Foxworth memorial in the Camellia Collection.
2) Garrya x issaquahensis Silk Tassel Tree
The Silk Tassel Tree is a medium-sized evergreen bush with an abundant winter floral display of long male catkins that are creamy white-to-light green with pink highlights.Read more
As we anticipate La Niña bringing us a snowy winter, let’s take a moment to appreciate a snowy plant, or rather a plant named for its snowy berries – common snowberry. Botanically known as Symphoricarpos albus, the plant is aptly named for its white clusters of fruit. The genus is a combination of “symphori” referring to the Greek verb “to bear together,” and “carpos” from the Greek word for “fruit.” The specific epithet “albus” is the Latin word for “white.” This species of snowberry boasts ripe, white berries that develop in late summer and persist all winter, through the rain, cold temperatures, and even through, you guessed it, our [occasional] snow.Read more
We invite you to enjoy our “Game of Groves”.
Can you name the following iconic tree groves based on the photos shown and hints below?
I am a grove of nine broadleaf evergreen trees with berries that are commonly used as Christmas greens. My location is an “island” in the middle of the ocean surrounding our five Pacific Rim flora.
1) Coprosma propinqua Mingimingi
Coprosma is a genus of about 90 species of shrubs and trees found in various Pacific regions, including New Zealand and Australia. They range from trees to low-growing spreading shrubs and those with a divaricating habit.
A member of the plant family Rubiaceae, C. propinqua is found in swampy areas and near streams throughout New Zealand. The leaves are very small and oblong and the berries are a translucent blue color.
1) Stewartia monadelpha Orange Bark Stewartia
Stewartia monadelpha is a small tree (up to 25 feet high) with stunning cinnamon bark.
A member of the Camellia family, the white flowers resemble those of small, simple Camellias and can be viewed in early summer.
Several beautiful specimens can be viewed at the southern end of the Camellia Collection.
2) Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Muskogee’ Muskogee Crepe Myrtle
This garden hybrid was developed by the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.Read more
Despite not having showy flowers this demure evergreen fern deserves to be grown in more Northwest gardens.Read more
Virginia L. Morell was an avid gardener, president of the American Holly Society, Arboretum Foundation board member, and volunteer at the Washington Park Arboretum. Virginia and Jean L. Haigh started the Arboretum ‘Saplings’ Program, which they ran for two years. This program was taken over by UW Botanic Gardens Youth and Family Education and now serves thousands of school children each year.Read more
This noteworthy shrub has unusual flowers, bold leaves and a tidy habit. Why not grow it in your part-shade garden?Read more
1) Clerodendrum bungei Rose Glory Bower
Rose Glory Bower (of the Lamiaceae family) is native to China and northern India.
This shrub spreads aggressively by root suckers and has become invasive in the South.
The rosy-red flowers are very showy and fragrant and attractive to butterflies.
You can find Clerodendrum bungei along Azalea Way below the Winter Garden.
2) Hydrangea serrata ‘Blue Bird’ Blue Bird Hydrangea
The Blue Bird Hydrangea was an Royal Horticulture Society Award of Merit winner in 1960.Read more