June Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

June 10th, 2013 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (June 3 - 16, 2013)

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum  (June 3 – 16, 2013)

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.
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