January Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

January 13th, 2014 by Pat Chinn-Sloan
Selected cuttings from the Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum (January 6 - 19, 2014)

Selected cuttings from the Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum (January 6 – 19, 2014)

Witt Winter Garden

1)  Calluna vulgaris ‘Robert Chapman’            Heather, Ling

  • This monotypic genus is native from northwestern Europe, through Siberia and Turkey, all the way to Morocco and the Azores.
  • The species has over 500 cultivars – some noted for spectacular flower displays in summer, while others display fantastic foliage coloration in winter.
  • C.v. ‘Robert Chapman’ has golden foliage throughout summer, which turns red in winter and spring.

2)  Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’           Bloodtwig Dogwood

  • In winter, the yellow stems of this twiggy shrub brighten to a stunning display of reds and oranges, depending on sun exposure.

3)  Danae racemosa           Alexandrian, Poet’s Laurel

  • This native of Iran and Turkey has no true leaves, only leaf-like modified stem tissue called phylloclades.
  • Tiny, yellow flowers that grow directly on the stem produce dramatic red fruits in winter.
  • Poet’s Laurel was used by the Romans and Greeks to crown exemplary athletes, orators and poets.

4)  Garrya x issaquahensis ‘Carl English’           Silk Tassel

  • A hybrid of G. elliptica and G. fremontii, this Garrya bears purple-tinged silvery flower tassels in winter.
  • Both parents are native to the west coast of the United States.

5)  Hamamelis mollis           Witch Hazel

  • This Chinese witch hazel has large, very fragrant, golden-yellow flowers in early winter.
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