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

May 23rd, 2013 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (May 13 - 26, 2013)

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (May 13 – 26, 2013)


 
 
 
1)   Aesculus x carnea    ‘Fort McNair’

  • A hybrid between A. pavia and A. hippocastanum, it probably originated as a chance hybrid made by insects in 19th-century Germany.
  • Selected at the fort of the same name in Washington, D.C., flowers are pink with a yellow throat.
  • It can be found on Azalea Way, across from the Woodland Garden.

 
 

Close-up view of the unusual orange flowers of the Buddleja globosa

Close-up view of the unusual orange flowers of the Buddleja globosa

2)   Buddleja globosa

  • A species of flowering plant endemic to Chile and Argentina, where it grows in dry and moist forest.
  • It can be found at both ends of the Arboretum at the Holmdahl Rockery and in the Graham Visitor Center parking lot.

 

3)   Embothrium coccineum   (Chilean Fire tree)

  • A small evergreen tree from the temperate forests of Chile and Argentina.
  • The plant was introduced to Europe by William Lobb during his plant collecting expedition to the Valdivian temperate rain forests in 1845–1848. It was described by Kew Gardens thusly: “Perhaps no tree cultivated in the open air in the British Isles gives so striking and brilliant a display as this does.”
  • There are several small specimens in the Chilean Gateway, and one large one just north of the bus turnaround on Arboretum Drive.

4)  Rhododendron x  ‘Favor Major’

  • Hybridized by L. De Rothschild, the founder of Exbury Gardens in the United Kingdom.
  • A beautiful orange Azalea, located on Arboretum Drive at the Rhododendron Glen parking lots.

5)  Syringa josikaea   (Hungarian Lilac)

  • A species of lilac native to central and eastern Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains in Hungary, Romania, and western Ukraine.
  • Located in the Syringa Collection on Azalea Way, just south of the Woodland Garden.
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