Fine Fall Food for Our Feathered and Feelered Friends

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, (November 20, 2017 - December 4, 2017)

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. 

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Fall and Winter Interests at the Washington Park Arboretum

Fall and Winter Interests at the Washington Park Arboretum, November 7-20, 2017

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. 

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A Fall Color Extravaganza is Happening in the Woodland Garden!

Outdoor photo of the Woodland Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum

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. 

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West Side Story

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (October 9 - 22, 2017)

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. 

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Summer Fruit from the Washington Park Arboretum

Close-up photo of the various Magnolia fruit

1)   Corylus colurna                     Turkish Hazel This native of SE Europe produces edible nuts inside intricately beaked husks. This Corylus and other Birch Family members can be found near the terminus of Foster Island Road. 2)   Dipteronia sinensis Dipteronia is a member of the soapberry family, Sapindaceae, which also includes Acer or maples, another winged-fruited genus. As fall approaches, the fruit of Dipteronia will continue to ripen to a reddish-brown color. 

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Summer Interests from the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (July 31, 2017 - August 14, 2017)

1)   Abies concolor                     White Fir This tall conifer, native to the mountains of western North America, adds an interesting silvery blue backdrop to our Legume collection. The young trees are valuable in the Christmas tree trade for their ornamental look. The specimens in grid 16-6E were planted in 1938. 2)   Acer davidii                     David’s Maple This tree is named in honor of French priest and naturalist Armand David, who first described the species while on mission in central China. 

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Our Heralded Hydrangeas

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, (July 17 - 31, 2017)

1)   Hydrangea aspera subsp. robusta This 10-foot shrub with large fuzzy leaves produces flat, light blue flowers to 12” across on petioles which may reach 14” or more! Native to the region between the Himalayas, across southern China, to Taiwan. This 1941 specimen is located in the Camellias, next to Franklin tree along Arboretum Drive. 2)   Hydrangea heteromalla                               Wooly Hydrangea A tree-like hydrangea native to China and the Himalayas. 

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Selected Cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (July 5 - 18, 2017)

1)   Hydrangea heteromalla Wooly Hydrangea Native to China and the Himalayas. An arborescent shrub growing to an average 10 to 15 feet. Located in the Pacific Connections China Entry Garden, south of the shelter. 2)   Itea ilicifolia               Holly-leaved Sweet Spire Native to western China. Evergreen shrub, growing up to 16 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Bears fragrant racemes of greenish-white flowers in late summer and fall. 

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May Brings Forth Selected Cuttings from the Pacific Connections Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, May 22, 2017 - June 4, 2017

1)  Aristotelia chilensis                    Macqui This small evergreen tree is native to the Valdivian temperate rainforest of Chile and Argentina. This inconspicuous white flower yields a small black fruit, and is sometimes called Macqui or, Chilean Wineberry. This plant and New Zealand’s Mountain Wineberry (A. fruticosa) can both be found in the Pacific Connections Garden. 2)  Prostanthera cuneata                    Alpine Mint Bush This evergreen shrub is native to southeastern Australia. 

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Selected Cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum in May 2017

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, May 8 - 21, 2017

1)   Azara lanceolata This large shrub is native to Chile and Argentina. In spring, it is covered with fragrant yellow flowers. Azara lanceolata can be found near parking lots #4 and #5 along Arboretum Drive. 2)   Cytisus x praecox                Broom C. multiflorus x C. purgans Pale yellow flowers are produced in axillary clusters. Many Brooms and related plants are blooming now along Arboretum Drive in our legume collection. 

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