1) Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree)
- One of the many species described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1753 landmark work, Species Plantarum.
- An amazing plant with 4-season interest, including fruits and flowers at the same time.
- Serves as a bee plant for honey production and the fruits are food for birds.
2) Camellia wabisuki (Wabisuki Camellia)
- A Sukiya variety with single, pinkish-white flowers and an open growth habit.
- A 70-year-old specimen heralds the magnificent seasonal display in the Witt Winter Garden.
- The flowers of Wabisuki are often used in decorations for Japanese tea ceremonies.
3) Drimys winterii (Winter’s Bark or Canelo)
- A slender tree growing to 60’ feet and native to the temperate rain forests of Chile.
- For centuries, Winter’s Bark was esteemed as a preventative remedy for scurvy before vitamin C was isolated.
- Grown as an ornamental plant for its reddish-brown bark, and clusters of creamy white jasmine-scented flowers.
4) Franklinia alatamaha (Franklin Tree)
- The sole species in this genus, commonly called the Franklin Tree.
- Commercially available for garden cultivation and prized for its fragrant white flowers
- Botanist, William Bartram named this elegant tree in honor of his father’s friend, Benjamin Franklin.
5) Rhododendron occidentale (Western Azalea)
- There is considerable diversity in form and appearance of this species.
- Tolerant of serpentine soils, it is part of the unique plant community found in the Siskiyou Mountains.
- The Western Azalea was an early contributor in the development of hybrid azaleas.