“Scratch and Sniff”
1) Abies amabilis (Pacific Silver Fir)
- Pacific Northwestern native growing up to 250 feet tall in the wild, but is often short-lived in gardens.
- Its crushed needles smell like orange peel.
- The easiest of the Arboretum specimens to find is on the Upper Trail below the Peony bed.
2) Cupressus goveniana var. pygmaea (Mendocino Cypress)
- The “pygmy” stature occurs in this tree’s native habitat: infertile ancient sand dunes above the Pacific Ocean near Mendocino. In normal soil, it can exceed 100 feet.
- The crushed needles smell like lemon peel.
- It is located on Arboretum Drive near the south end.
3) Laureliopsis philippiana
- Native to Chile and Argentina.
- Crushed leaves smell like orange.
- It is located in the Pacific Connections Entry Garden and on Arboretum Drive in grid 9-4E.
4) Morella pensylvanica (Bayberry)
- Formerly Myrica, native to the east coast of North America from Canada to Florida.
- The fragrant, waxy berries were made into candles.
- Located in 43-B in the Arboretum’s Oak Collection.
5) Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas Fir)
- For Northwesterners, this is the essential smell of Christmas in the winter and the forest in summer. It is native to the North American west coast and self-sows freely in the Arboretum.