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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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Spring - Better Late Than Never!

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, April 24, 2017 - May 7, 2017

  1)   Acer palmatum  ‘Beni-maiko’                     Japanese Maple The name Beni-maiko means “red dancing girl”, referring to the brilliant red-to-pinkish foliage that emerges in the spring. This tree’s current color stands out vibrantly in the Woodland Garden. Beni-maiko has been recognized by the Royal Horticulture Society and given the Award of Garden Merit for several recent years.   2)   Erica arborea                     Tree Heath/Giant Heather Erica arborea is native to Africa, having populations in the Ethiopian Highlands, mountains of Ruwenzori, and the Cameroon Mountains. 

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“Pretty please, with a cherry on top!”

Selected cherry tree specimens from the Azalea Way Promenade at the Washington Park Arboretum (April 10-23, 2017)

The following are five of the best flowering cherries suitable for growing in the Pacific Northwest. All have good resistance to brown rot blossom blight disease and are good choices size-wise for the home garden.  All specimens below are currently in some stage of flowering along our historic Azalea Way Promenade. 1)   Prunus  x yedoensis  ‘Akebono’                 Daybreak Yoshino Cherry ‘Akebono’ (“Daybreak”) – This form has pinker flowers than the original Yoshino-type, and the petals are more frilled. 

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Selected Cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (March 27 - April 9, 2017)

1)   Acer triflorum                Three Flower Maple A small, slow-growing deciduous 20’ to 45’ tree, where it is native to Manchuria and Korea. An excellent landscape tree boasting light-grey vertically furrowed bark and vivid red and orange fall color. The specific epithet makes reference to its flowers, which are borne in clusters of three. This tree was discovered by noted plant explorer, Ernest H. 

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