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

January 23rd, 2012 by Pat Chinn-Sloan
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum for the 2nd half of January 2012
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (January 17 – 31, 2012)

1)  Camellia sasanqua    ’Shichi Fukujin’

  • An upright to spreading shrub or small tree with elliptical, dark green leaves and bearing single cup-shaped flowers, C. sasanqua is one of many camellia species native to Japan.
  • Known to flower early in the season when colors are greatly appreciated, it is considered a less spectacular shrub than the spring-flowering C. japonica.
  • Located in the Witt Winter Garden.

2)  Daphniphyllum macropodum

  • The large evergreen leaves of D. macropodum are similar to those of many rhododendrons throughout our region, but it is the red petioles and the bluish-black fruit which give this plant its distinguishing appearance.
  • Native to China, Korea, and Japan.
  • Located west of the Upper Trail, just south of the Lookout Gazebo.

3)  Hamamelis x intermedia    ’Winter Beauty’

  • The crimped petals or “ribbons” on the bare branches of the Chinese Witch-hazel are always a welcome sight during the winter season.  The orange spider-shaped flowers displayed here are no exception.
  • One’s sense of smell is also rewarded by the cold-resistant, fragrant flowers.
  • Located in the Witt Winter Garden.

4)  Berberis    ’Arthur Menzies’

  • An erect shrub with pinnate leaves and sharply-toothed dark green leaflets.  Yellow flowers occur in 5-to-10 inch long inflorescences in December-January.
  • Located near Arboretum Drive in the Rhododendron Glen.

5)  Quercus suber   (Cork oak)

  • Native to the western Mediterranean and North Africa, Q. suber is a rounded evergreen tree with thick, corky bark.
  • Located along Arboretum Drive near the rock roses.