“Judge a Plant by Its Cover”: Twigs and Bark
1) Acer buergerianum (Trident Maple) – photo of trunk (to the right)
- Move over Stewartia pseudocamellia, at least for the time being.
- Exceptional mottled flakey, lighter gray-brown bark on this young Asian maple.
- Makes a good street tree in Seattle, tolerant of a wide-range of stress factors.
2) Acer caesium ssp. giraldii
- Maple featuring young branches covered with a whitish bloom (DO NOT TOUCH)
- Native to the Himalaya region of China (Shaanxi and Yunnan provinces)
- Specimen located along Arboretum Drive in the Peonies
3) Betula albo-sinensis var. septentrionalis (Chinese Red Birch) – photo of trunk (to the right)
- “The bark is singularly lovely, being a rich orange-red or orange-brown and peels off in sheets, each no thicker than fine tissue paper, and each successive layer is clothed with a white glaucous bloom.” – E.H. Wilson, Aristocrats of the Trees
- Please resist the temptation to tear, pull, rub… the bark. It is disrespectful, potentially harmful to the tree, and a crime to deface public property.
- Grove located in the Witt Winter Garden.
4) Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’
- A multi-colored thicket-forming dogwood.
- Brightens up ones’ spirits on any dark and gloomy winter Seattle day.
- Located in the twig bed of the Witt Winter Garden.
5) Prunus maackii (Manchurian or Goldbark Cherry)
- Not as common as the Birchbark Cherry, but has brighter honey-brown bark.
- Located on the north toe of Yew hill, grid 30-3W.