Selected Cuttings from the Gardens This Month
Month by Month
- January: Heather, hellebore, holly, mahonia, sarcococca, witch hazel, the Winter Garden.
- February: Daphne, dogwood, chimonanthus, heather, hellebore, holly, rhododendron, sarcococca, witch hazel, the Winter Garden.
- March: Camellia, flowering cherry, corylopsis, daphne, forsythia, heather, hellebore, magnolia, rhododendron, witch hazel.
- April: Azalea Way, barberry, camellia, flowering cherry, halesia, maple, madrona, magnolia, rhododendron, serviceberry.
- May: Crab apple, dogwood, magnolia, mountain ash, rhododendron, red bud,serviceberry.
- June: Rock roses, brooms, Korean dogwood, rhododendrons, stewartia, styrax.
- July: Stewartia, eucryphia, hydrangeas, maackias. Tree Tour trail map
- August: Eucryphias, hydrangea, sorrel trees, crabapples(fruit). Tree Tour trail map
- September: Franklinia, Japanese maples, sorrel trees. Tree Tour trail map
- October: Fall Colors: Japanese maples, witch hazels, sourgums, sorrel trees, buckeyes, strawberry trees, mountain ash. Tree tour trail map
- November: Hollies, callicarpa, mountain ash, viburnum. Tree tour trail map
- December: Sarcococca, hollies, the Winter Garden.
1) Alnus glutinosa ssp. betuloides
- Native to the mountains of eastern Turkey.
- Listed as a threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
- Autumn brings pendulous male catkins and the mature female cones.
2) Catalpa x erubescens Indian Bean Tree
- Uncommon tree with fetching, large, chocolate-purple young leaves that turn green.
- Late summer brings masses of creamy white flowers flecked with yellow.
- Hanging seed pods appear and remain long after the leaves have dropped.
3) Pterocarya rhoifolia Japanese Wingnut
- The Wingnuts belong to the Walnut (Juglandaceae) family.
- The amount of edible nut is comparable to that of the Scots Pine, i.e. not much.
- The hanging decorative catkins give the tree a distinctive appearance in late summer.
4) Styrax obassia Fragrant Snowbell
- This tree produces 6-8 inch fragrant white bell shaped flowers May to June.
- Native to Hokkaido Island of Japan.
- The tiny green seed pods hang like ornaments well into late summer/fall.
5) X Sycoparrotia semidecidua Chinese Fig Hazel
- An inter-generic cross between two species – Parrotia persica and Sycopsis sinensis.
- The flowers are unique, inconspicuous and easy to overlook.
- The seed pods are beautiful ocher-colored, three dimensional stars.
The State of the Arboretum
1) Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree
- The state tree of Indiana.
- The Western Hemisphere representative of the two-species genus Liriodendron, and the tallest eastern hardwood.
2) Pinus resinosa Red Pine
- The state tree of Minnesota.
- It is a long-lived tree, reaching a maximum age of about 500 years.
- The wood is commercially valuable in forestry for timber and paper pulp, and the tree is also used for landscaping.
3) Pinus strobus Eastern White Pine
- The state tree of Michigan.
- Eastern white pine forests originally covered much of northeastern North America. Only one percent of the old-growth forests remain after the extensive logging operations that existed from the 18th century into the early 20th century.
- This tree is known to the Native American Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Nation) as the “Tree of Peace”.
4) Sequoia sempervirens Coast Redwood
- The state tree of California.
- These trees are among the oldest living things on Earth.
- Before commercial logging and clearing began by the 1850s, this massive tree occurred along much of coastal California and the southwestern corner of coastal Oregon.
5) Tsuga hetrophylla Western Hemlock
- The state tree of Washington.
- Tsuga heterophylla is an integral component of Pacific Northwest forests west of the Coast Ranges, where it is a climax species. It is also an important timber tree throughout the region, along with many of its large coniferous associates.