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

December 14th, 2012 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (December 10-24, 2012)

Seize the Bay!

1)   Bay Laurel    (Laurus nobilis)

  • From the Mediterranean region
  • A plant of great cultural significance (culinary uses, literary references, etc.)
  • Marginally hardy in the Washington Park Arboretum, located in the Mediterranean Bed (grid 21-3E)

2)   California Bay Laurel    (Umbellularia californica)

  • Native to the Pacific Coast, Oregon through California
  • Crushed leaves have intense odor
  • Re-seeds freely in the Washington Park Arboretum
  • Located near the Mediterranean Bed (grid 20-3E)

3)   Redbay    (Persea borbonia)

  • A relative of the avocado, native to southeastern U.S.
  • Used as an emetic (vomit inducer) by indigenous people
  • Located in the the Camellia Collection near the Reebs memorial bench (grid 11-4E)

4)   Rosebay    (Rhododendron maximum)

  • Native to eastern U.S.
  • Used in the early days of Rhododendron hybridizing to develop hardy hybrids
  • Growing steadily in the Rhododendron Seedling Bed (grid 22-1E)

5)   Sweet Bay    (Magnolia virginiana)

  • Eastern U.S. native
  • Typically evergreen in Seattle, but can be deciduous, semi-deciduous, or evergreen depending on climate
  • Located in the Magnolia Collection (grid 28-3E)