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Washington Park Arboretum
Center for Urban Horticulture

Woodland Garden

Just off Azalea Way, the Woodland Garden features two quiet ponds set in a terrace of trees.

Here you’ll find one of the largest Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) collections in North America. 'Shishigashira,' 'Scolopendrifolium,' and 'Seiryu' are just three of the more than 70 cultivars in this garden. If you’re thinking that autumn must be a great time to visit so many maples, you’re right! But the brilliant foliage of the redvein enkianthus (Enkianthus campanulatus) shouldn’t be missed either.

The Woodland Garden is also lovely in spring when the dogwood, Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder,' is in bloom. In summer the Lavelle hawthorn (Crataegus x lavallei), a small ornamental tree, displays glossy, dark green leaves. And in winter the burgundy stems and swollen, claret-colored buds of the willow, Salix fargesii, will catch your eye. 


Autumn leaves at the Washington Park Arboretum

UW Botanic Gardens plant collection manager Randall Hitchin explains how leaves change color each autumn in a video produced by the Seattle times.

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Thursday, 29-Jan-2015 16:16:59 PST