1) Illicium henryi (Henry’s Star Anise)
- This Chinese Illicium is a standout of the genus, as most anise have white or cream-colored flowers.
- I. henryi can be found along the foot path of the Sino-Himalayan Hillside as well as along the Ridgetop Trail, just west of the Magnolia Collection.
2) Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel)
- This under-used Rhododendron relative is native to the eastern United States.
- The color of the closed flower buds is often completely different from the open flower color, which ranges from white to deep red, often with a distinctive band inside.
- There are several cultivars of K. latifolia in the Woodland Garden.
3) Leptospermum scoparium (Manuka, New Zealand Tea Tree)
- The bloom of manuka is profuse and long lasting.
- Captain Cook supposedly brewed tea for his crew using manuka, which is rich in vitamin C.
- Specimens can be found in the Australian portion of the Pacific Connections Garden.
4) Quercus robur ‘Concordia’ (Golden English Oak)
- The golden color of the young growth fades to green as the leaf ages.
- Our specimen can be seen on Azalea Way just south of the Graham Visitors Center.
5) Rhododendron ‘Teddy Bear’
- This cultivar of Rhododendron is a cross between R. bureavii and R. degronianum ssp. yakushimanum.
- The thin white indumentum on the upper side of the leaf goes away in time, while the thick indumentum of the underside remains and turns brown.
- This Rhododendron can be found in the Puget Sound Rhododendron Hybridizers Garden along Azalea Way.