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.
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2 Responses to “November Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum”

  1. Dinil says:

    Can we eat Snowberry ? cause it looks sour !

  2. Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) is listed in “Toxic Plants of North America” by George Burrows and Ronald Tyrl (Iowa State University, 2001) under the heading of “Genera of Questionable Toxicity.” “The foliage and fruit of various species of Symphoricarpos have long been suspected by some individuals to be mildly toxic to children and livestock,” but the authors go on to say that intoxications are rare and would probably be of minimal severity. Another book, “Wild Berries of the Pacific Northwest” by J.E. Underhill (Superior Publishing, 1974), says, “This is one of those berries about whom different authors seem to disagree. Some list it as poisonous, while others consider it safe to eat but not palatable.”