September Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

September 2nd, 2013 by Pat Chinn-Sloan
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (August 26 - September 8, 2013)

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (August 26 – September 8, 2013)

Cornucopia

1)  Betulaceae          Carpinus japonica, Corylus colurna, Ostrya carpinifolia

  • Nut-bearing, often enclosed in interesting husks, cones or bracts.

2)  Fabaceae            Colutea orientalis

  • Legumes, which are dry fruit in pods that dehisce (open along a seam).

3)  Gunneraceae         Gunnera manicata

  • The fruit-bearing conical spike can reach 6 feet in length.

4)  Magnoliaceae        Magnolia grandiflora, M. officinalis var. biloba, M. sieboldii

  • Cone-like fruits, from green to red, open to display bright orange seeds.

5)  Myricaceae          Morella californica

  • The fruit is a drupe with a waxy coating that can be used to make candles.

6)  Myrtaceae           Callistemon sieberi

  • Bottlebrush seed capsules remain unopened until stimulated by fire.

7)  Paeoniaceae         Paeonia rockii, P. suffruticosa

  • Peony fruit pods will open when ripe to display black or bright red seeds.

8)  Proteaceae          Grevillea victoriae

  • The profusion of colorful fruit on this shrub outshines many flowering plants nearby.

9)  Rosaceae            Rosa corymbulosa, R. davidii, R. roxburghii, Sorbus splendida

  • Rosaceous fruit can be drupes, achenes, nuts, follicles, capsules and accessory fruits.

10)  Sapindaceae        Koelreuteria paniculata

  • Sapindaceous fruit can be berries, nuts, drupes, schizocarps, capsules or samaras.
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