1) Argyrocytisus battandieri (Pineapple Broom)
- Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce the Latin name; the common name tells it like it is.
- Yellow, “pineapple”-scented, leguminous flowers with silvery foliage.
- This drought-tolerant shrub from Morocco is one tough plant that thrives in poor soils.
- Named for the French pharmacist and botanist, Jules Aimé Battandier.
- Located along Arboretum Drive in our Legume Collections.
2) Crataegus x lavallei ‘Carrierei’ (Carrière’s Hawthorn)
- Our signature Woodland Garden tree
- Now a common small landscape hawthorn used around Seattle.
- Glossy, dark green quasi-evergreen leaves with clusters of white flowers in the spring.
3) Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)
- White blooms, yellow fall foliage, and exfoliating cinnamon bark create multi-seasonal interest.
- “There is no better climbing vine,” says Donald Wyman, authority on woody plants.
- Native to western Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
- Several located in the Arboretum, climbing up Douglas Firs as high as 60 feet!
4) Leptospermum lanigerum (Woolly Tea Tree)
- Handsome erect shrub approximately 9 feet tall. All parts are covered with soft down.
- Native to Australia.
- Located in the Australia Entry Garden of the Pacific Connections Garden.
5) Pterocarya macroptera (Large-winged Wingnut)
- Deciduous tree native to China, quite striking in fruit.
- As its name suggests, the Wingnut produces winged nuts but unlike the walnut, they are not generally eaten.
- Located in the old nursery, off of Arboretum Drive.