November Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

November 7th, 2011 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

1) Callicarpa japonica   (Japanese beautyberry)

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum for November 2011

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (October 31 - November 14, 2011)

  • Native to Japan, the small metallic purple berries of this multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub are
    best viewed when the leaves have dropped beginning mid-to-late fall.
  • The berries are an important survival food for birds and other animals.
  • Beautyberry is just beginning to reflect its true glory in the Winter Garden.

2) Daphniphyllum macropodum

  • It is one of the most handsome evergreens for foliage effects.
  • Heat tolerant and remarkably cold-hardy, it is a distinguished addition to the Woodland Garden.
  • It prospers in shade in moist, well-drained soil and can grow 10′-12′ with equal spread.

3) Grevillea victoriae    (Royal grevillea)

  • The specific epithet victoriae was named for Queen Victoria.
  • Here in the Pacific Northwest, the flowers provide winter hummingbird food.
  • There are two Grevillea victoriae thriving in “Australia” in the Pacific Connections Garden.

4) Pyracantha rogersiana ‘Aurantiaca’    (Asian firethorn)

  • A spreading shrub with arching branches and small bright evergreen leaves.
  • White flowers in spring are followed by orange-red berries in fall.
  • Seeds may cause mild stomach upset if ingested.

5) Symphoricarpos albus    (White snowberry)

  • Snowberry is a lovely, deciduous sub shrub native to the Pacific Northwest.
  • Small, pink bell-like flowers appear in mid-spring and are much loved by hummingbirds.
  • The white berries have the size and consistency of mini marshmallows which are winter food for varied thrush.