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

April 30th, 2012 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (April 23, 2012 - May 6, 2012)

1)  Azara lanceolata

  • An evergreen shrub with arching branches and lance-shaped leaves, A. lanceolata bears clustered yellow flowers in mid to late spring. Native to South America, Azaras is a genus of 10 species within the family, Flacourtiaceae.
  • Located in the double lot on the east side of Arboretum Drive.

2)  Cercis siliquastrum   (Judas-tree)

  • A deciduous tree usually of low, bushy habit, C. siliquastrum forms magenta-colored flower clusters before and with the leaves, and often on the main branches.
  • The popular name of Judas-tree is derived from the legend that this was the tree upon which Judas hanged himself after the great Betrayal.
  • Located along Arboretum Drive near the Rock Roses.

3)  Citrus trifoliata

  • Native to Northern China and Korea, C. trifoliata is a deciduous shrub armed with sharp spines along rigid green shoots. Solitary, fragrant white flowers are borne in late spring, and often again in autumn.
  • Located west of Azalea Way near the Boyer parking lot.

4)  Fothergilla major

  • Erect terminal spikes of fragrant white flowers give this upright shrub a charming quality during the spring season.
  • Native to the Allegheny Mountains, from Virginia to South Carolina.
  • This specimen is located near the ongoing Pacific Connections Gardens Project, east of Arboretum Drive.

5)  Malus ‘Makamik’
As with many of our flowering crabapples, M. ‘Makamik’ is currently showing off its clustered pink to purple blossoms.

  • Conveniently located within Crabapple Meadow, east of Arboretum Drive.
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