November Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum
(Part II)

November 28th, 2011 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

1)  Cupressus arizonica var. montana   (San Pedro Martir Cypress) 

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum for November 2011

Selected Cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (November 14 - 28, 2011)

  • This botanical variety of Arizona cypress grows at a high elevation in northern Baja California in
    the San Pedro Martir mountain range.
  • Has attractive bark and cones that open when ripe.
  • Listed as “vulnerable” in the IUCN red list.
  • Located in 2-6E, south end of Arboretum Drive along Broadmoor fence.

2)  Diospyros sp.  (Persimmon)

  • This small deciduous tree is laden w/ tiny edible berries.
  • Berries typically need frost to ripen and are astringent if unripe.
  • There are several Asian varieties that are sold in our local markets this time of year.
  • Located in 12-2W, north of Boyer parking lot.

3)  Magnolia virginiana   (Sweet Bay)

  • Coastal southeastern US semi-evergreen magnolia.
  • Small, scented white flowers in spring, hence its common name.
  • This specimen shows fruiting cones that have begun to split open exposing shiny red seeds.
  • Located in 27-2W, west of Azalea Way and north of Loderi Valley intersection.

4)  Osmanthus fragrans    (Fragrant Tea Olive)

  • Large evergreen shrub native to China.
  • Fragrant, small white flowers in fall are used to infuse green or black tea leaves, to create
    a scented tea called guì huā chá (桂花茶).
  • This specimen is located in the China entry garden of Pacific Connections Gardens, below
    interpretive shelter.

5)  Platycarya strobilacea

  • This walnut family member is a small deciduous tree native to Asia.
  • Female infloresence resemble a cone, as seen on this specimen.
  • Located in 30-4W, east toe of Yew Hill.