Selected Cuttings from the Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum (December 31, 2018 - January 13, 2019)

1)   Chimonanthus praecox                          Wintersweet The light yellow flowers are debatably the sweetest of the Witt Winter Garden. Wintersweet is highly cultivated in China where the flowers are used in teas and herbal remedies despite the fact that the seeds are poisonous. Also in China, the flower petals are used in potpourri and to scent linen. 2)   Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’                          Midwinter Fire Dogwood Cornus sanguinea is native to Europe. 

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Winter Interest at the Washington Park Arboretum

1)  Camellia sasanqua                          Sasanqua Camellia This glossy evergreen shrub with attractive flowers is native to China and Japan. There are many cultivated varieties of this species with the first ones being recorded from Japan around 1700. Over 15 varieties reside in our Camellia Collections. The plant was valuable to early Japan as the leaves were used for tea and the seeds used to make tea seed oil. 

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Fall Highlights of the Arboretum Creek

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, (November 13 - 26, 2018)

1)  Taxodium distichum                           Bald Cypress This deciduous conifer in the family, Cupressaceae grows in marshy and seasonally inundated soils. Bald Cypress are famous for their “knees”, woody conical projections that emerge from the soil. The purpose of these knees is still not entirely known.  Some speculate they help oxygenate the roots or provide stability in the often loose swampy soils this species prefers. 

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Olive Olives: A Medley of Olive Family Members

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, October 29, 2018 - November 11, 2018

1)  Chionanthus virginicus                          Fringetree This deciduous small tree or shrub is native to the southeastern United States. Its common name refers to the slightly fragrant, spring-blooming flowers which feature airy, terminal, and drooping clusters (4-6″ long) of fringe-like, creamy white petals. This cutting came from a shrubby specimen located east of the Arboretum Loop Trail and north of the Viburnums. 2)  Fraxinus americana ‘Rosehill’                          White Ash This White ash cultivar ‘Rosehill’ is a seedless, broad-conical cultivar that typically grows 35-50’ tall. 

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Autumn Colors Appear at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, October 1 - 14, 2018

1)  Viburnum rhytidophyllum                     Leatherleaf Viburnum This large evergreen shrub grows to 6-10 feet and is native to central and western China. Fragrant creamy-white clusters of flowers emerge in spring, followed by berries in the fall that first appear red and change to glossy black. You can view this shrub along the east side of the Arboretum Loop Trail in the Viburnum Collection. 

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Late Summer Colors Appear at the Washington Park Arboretum

Close-up photo of Castenea crenata fruit

1)  Castanea crenata                     Japanese Chestnut Though it is one of the smaller species of chestnut, C. crenata is still a valued food tree in its native Japan. Ordinarily the nuts are also smaller than those of the European varieties. This specimen is located on the east side of our field nursery along the gravel path. 2)  Cephalotaxus harringtonia var. ‘Nana’           Dwarf Plum Yew Native to the forest understories of eastern Asia, this small, evergreen shrub is known to thrive in semi-shaded places rather than in full sunshine. 

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Early Summer Interests at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, (July 16 - 29, 2018)

1)  Corylus colurna                     Turkish Hazelnut or Filbert The Turkish Hazelnut is native to southeastern Europe into western Asia. In summer, edible nuts are produced inside dramatically styled husks. The Turkish Filbert can be found along Foster Island Road, opposite the Broadmoor gatehouse. 2)  Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Sumida-no-hanabi’                     Bigleaf Hydrangea ‘Sumida-no-hanabi’ translates to “fireworks over the Hanabi River”. This wonderful hydrangea can be found in the Centennial Garden along Azalea Way. 

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Summer Flower Subtlety at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, June 18, 2018 - July 1, 2018

1)  Illicium henryi                    Henry Anise Tree This attractive evergreen shrub is native to China. It has star-shaped flowers in pink to deep crimson, anise-scented leaves when bruised and is tolerant of shade. This specimen is located adjacent to the Lookout Loop Trail in the Asiatic Maple collection. Grid 25-1E, if using our mobile interactive plant map. 2)  Leptospermum scoparium                    Manuka A broad-leafed evergreen shrub native to New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, New Zealand. 

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Selected Cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum for June 2018

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, June 4 - 17, 2018

1)  Kalmia latifolia                     Mountain Laurel This attractive evergreen shrub is native to the eastern United States. Has five-sided cup-shaped clusters of pink flowers. The name honors Pehr Kalm (1715-1779) and latifoliia means “Broad Leafed”. 2)  Rhododendron occidentale                     Western Azalea This deciduous shrub is native to the coasts of central and southern Oregon and California. Fragrant, funnel-shaped flowers are borne in trusses and vary from white to pale rose, with or without a yellow blotch and sometimes streaked with darker rose markings. 

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Selected Cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, May 21, 2018 - June 3, 2018

1)  Enkianthus campanulatus                    Redvein Enkianthus This attractive deciduous shrub is native to open woodlands in Japan. Tiny bell-shaped, creamy-yellow to reddish flowers held together in clusters. Small elliptic leaves turning bright red, orange and yellow in the fall. 2)  Davidia involucrata                     Handkerchief Tree This deciduous tree is native to woodlands in central China. Its small, reddish purple flower heads are surrounded by a pair of large, white bracts up to 30 cm. 

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