November Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

November 16th, 2012 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum for November 12-25, 2012

1)   Callicarpa sp.      Beautyberry

  • When the late autumn landscape seems to offer little in the way of vibrant color, the upright shrub, Callicarpa shows us that it has some local Husky pride.  Grown mainly for their clusters of small, bead-like fruit, the Callicarpa species are ideal for a colorful shrub border.
  • Native primarily to China, Japan, and Korea, Callicarpa is a member of the plant family, Verbenaceae.
  • This specimen can be found in our field nursery near Arboretum Drive.

2)   Decaisnea insignis        Dead Man’s Fingers

  • An interesting deciduous shrub within the family Lardizabalaceae, Decaisnea certainly gets noticed when it bears its dullish blue fruit.
  • Native to Western China.
  • This specimen can be seen from Arboretum Drive, just west of the Peonies Collection.

3)   Euonymus myrianthus

  • The fruits of this upright shrub are yellow, but their full beauty is only attained when they ripen and split, exposing the seeds which become orange-scarlet in December.
  • Known commonly as Spindle trees, Euonymus are members of the family, Celastraceae.
  • Native to Western China.

4)   Pieris japonica   ‘Crispa’

  • Evergreen shrub native to the Himalayas, East Asia, North America and the West Indies.
  • Can be found in the Rhododendron Glen.

5)   Zanthoxylum piperitum       Japan Pepper

  • Spiny, tree-like shrub with spherical red fruit.
  • Located in the Rutaceae Collection, near the current pedestrian detour trail.
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