April Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

April 11th, 2012 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum for April 9-23, 2012

1) Camellia japonica ‘Drama Girl’

  • Hybridized in 1950, this winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit has very large, semi-double, deep salmon rose pink flowers.
  • Located in the Camellia Collection on the east side of Arboretum Drive.

2) Ilex aquifolium ‘Ferox Argentea’ (Hedgehog Holly)

  • This holly is a large, bushy evergreen shrub with small, spiny leaves whose upper surfaces as well as the margins are broadly-edged with creamy white.
  • This male clone produces no berries, and is not invasive like other English holly varieties are.
  • Located near Boyer Ave. in the Holly Collection.

3) Pieris japonica ‘Crispa’

  • This plant has the early spectacular flowers of Pieris, with the added bonus of unusual crinkled leaves, and a somewhat more compact growth.
  • Located in Rhododendron Glen, above the Upper Pond.

4) Rhododenron ‘Ibex’

  • A striking red, early flowering Rhododendron.
  • Hybridized in 1941 by Leopold de Rothschild, an English banker and conservative politician best remembered as the creator of Exbury Gardens.
  • Located on the Upper Trail, across from the Magnolia Collection.

5) Rubus spectabilis (Salmonberry)

  • A species of Rubus native to the western coast of North America from west central Alaska to California.
  • Salmonberries were an important food for indigenous peoples. Traditionally, the berries were eaten with salmon or mixed with oolichan (a Pacific smelt) grease or salmon roe.
  • An important part of our native matrix, and can be found throughout the Arboretum.

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