January Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

January 9th, 2012 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected Cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum for the month of January 2012

1)  Hamamalis mollis    (Chinese Witch-hazel)

  • Hamamelis mollis is a species of witch-hazel native to central and eastern China.
  • It is the most fragrant of all witch-hazels and worth growing for that characteristic alone. It is disease resistant and easy to grow.
  • Located in the Witt Winter Garden.

2)  Hamamalis x intermedia ‘Hiltingbury’

  • Hamamelis x intermedia hybrids are crosses between Japanese witch hazel (H. japonica) and
    Chinese witch-hazel (H. mollis).
  • The brilliant orange, coppery, scarlet and red fall colors of this large spreading shrub are
    striking; its early spring flowers are pale copper, suffused with red.
  • Located in the Witt Winter Garden.

3)  Rhododendron bureavii

  • R. bureavii occurs in the wild in two fairly limited areas in northern Yunnan,
    China, in open pine forest and rhododendron thickets. Discovered by Père Delavay in
  • Its handsome glossy dark green leaves are thickly felted with rusty-brown, very noticeable
    on the young growth.
  • Located at the top of Rhododendron Glen, near the hydrangeas.

4)  Rhododendron degronianum

  • Growth habit is very tight and compact with deep glossy green leaves that are covered on the
    undersides with soft, fawn-colored indumentum.
  • Located by the upper pond in the Rhododendron Glen.

5) Rhododendron galactinum

  • Native to Sichuan, China; discovered and introduced by E.H. Wilson in 1908.
  • Has large leathery leaves, up to 20 cm. long, with a buff-gray or cinnamon-brown indumentum
  • Located on the upper trail near the top of Loderi Valley.


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