August Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

August 26th, 2012 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum for 8/20/12 - 9/3/12

1)   Blechnum chilense

  • This impressive evergreen fern grows in full sun to full shade.
  • The Chilean Spanish name ‘Costilla de vaca’ translates into “cow’s rib” and refers to the shape of the fronds.
  • This fern can be found thriving in the Chilean Entry Garden in Pacific Connections.

2)   Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp. niphophila

  • Beautiful peeling brown bark is just one of the attributes of this Australian native.
  • This snow gum can be found in the highest part of the Australian Alps straddling the Victoria-New South Wales border.
  • A youthful specimen is located in the Australian Entry Garden in Pacific Connections.

3)   Ginkgo biloba

  • Ginkgo has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
  • The Ginkgo is a living fossil; a unique species recognizably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years.
  • A young ginkgo tree adorns the China Entry Garden in Pacific Connections.

4)   Pittosporum tenuifolium  ‘Majorie Channon’

  • Also known as Majorie Channon Kohuhu or variegated Kohuhu.
  • Slow-growing, compact shrub. In early summer it bears bell-shaped, honey-scented, black-red flowers.
  • The New Zealand Entry Garden sports three very nice specimens.

5)   Rhamnus californica  ‘Leather Leaf

  • Commonly called “Leather Leaf Coffeeberry”, the Rhamnus are in the Buckthorn family.
  • Its dark foliage makes it a great foil for lighter green or grey-colored plants.
  • A lovely drift of Rhamnus californica ‘Leather Leaf’ can be found in the Cascadian Entry Garden in Pacific Connections.

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