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) Araucaria araucana (Monkey Puzzle)
- Native to Chile, no other conifer quite like it!
- Seeds are used to make an alcoholic ceremonial drink called mudai.
2) Picea glauca (White Spruce)
- Native to northern temperate forests of North America.
- Captain Cook made a spruce beer, possibly curing his crew from scurvy.
3) Pinus cembra (Swiss Stone Pine)
- Native to Alps of Central Europe.
- Try a Royal Tannenbaum cocktail made with Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur!
4) Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas Fir)
- Native to our “neck of the woods”.
- McCarthy’s Clear Creek Distillery (in Portland OR) makes a green spirit from Douglas Fir buds called Douglas Fir eau-de-vie.
5) Taiwania cryptomerioides (Coffin Tree)
- Native to eastern Asia.
- Imbibe too much and you may wind up in a box made from this tree.
* All references to alcoholic drinks are from the book, The Drunken Botanist
by Amy Stewart, ©2013, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.
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1) Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ (Beautyberry)
- Native to western China.
- Ornamental purple berries on display in autumn months.
- Specimen located north of the Wilcox Bridge by the parking lot.
2) Gaultheria mucronata ‘Rubra’
- Native to southern Chile.
- Formerly known as Pernettya, this particular variety has carmine pink berries.
- Specimen is located in the Chilean Gateway Garden.
3) Grevillea victoriae ‘Marshall Olbricht’
- Native to Australia. This cultivar is from a seedling, possibly a hybrid, named for the co-founder of Western Hills Nursery in California.
- Exotic orange flowers persist throughout winter – loved by hummingbirds.
- Specimen located in the Australian entry garden at Pacific Connections.
4) Quercus cerris (Turkey Oak)
- Native to southern Europe.
- Notable for hairy caps on the acorns. Trunk can reach six feet in diameter.
- Specimen located in the Viburnum Collection near Lake Washington Boulevard.
5) Wollemia nobilis (Wollemi Pine)
- Not a pine, but a member of Araucaceae, the family of the Monkey Puzzle Tree.
- Wollemia was known only from fossil records until it was discovered in Australia’s Wollemi National Park in 1994 by David Noble, hence its name.
- Our specimen is growing at the bus turnaround on Arboretum Drive.