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) White Ash (Fraxinus americana)
- Tough, plentiful, and easily bent into curves, Ash is used in tennis racquets, billiard cues, skis, and baseball bats.
- White Ash is native to eastern and central North America.
- This cutting is from the cultivar ‘Rose Hill’, located in grid 47-3E near the Lagoons.
2) Common Box (Buxus sempervirens)
- Used for crocquet balls because of its hardness.
- Native to Europe, northern Africa and western Asia.
- The cultivar here is ‘Argentea’ from grid 5-B in our Boxwood Collection.
3) American Hop Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
- The first ice hockey sticks were made from the dense wood of this small tree in the mid-19th century until the 1930s by the Mi’kmaq people of Nova Scotia.
- Ostrya virginiana is native to eastern North America.
- The Arboretum has two trees in grids 19-3W and 24-4W.
4) Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)
- The “woods” of golf (drivers, not Tiger’s) were typically made from this American member of the ebony family from which it inherits its extreme density.
- Persimmon is most common in the southeastern United States.
- In the Arboretum, they are in grids 12-1W and 12-2W, north of the Boyer Street parking lot.
5) Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
- Commonly called “rock” maple by those who value its hardness and smooth grain.
- This native of eastern North America provides wood for bowling alleys, bowling pins, basketball courts, and baseball bats.
- The Arboretum has several cultivars in various locations.
1) Erhetia dicksonii
- Ornamental tree from Asia with corky bark and fragrant white terminal cymes.
- Located along path heading up to Rhododendron Glen from Azalea Way, grid 15-1E.
- Go to link below for thorough description and uses.
2) Holodiscus discolor (Ocean Spray)
- My favorite summer flowering Pacific Northwest native deciduous shrub.
- In full flowering, cascading glory now throughout our native matrix.
3) Hypericum henryi ssp. uraloides
- The really big Azalea Way flower show may be over, but now it’s Hypericum time.
- This shrubby St. John’s wort is a huge attractant of many kinds of bees.
- Located in east-side bed J, midway down Azalea Way, grid 20-1W.
4) Illicium henryi (Henry Anise Tree)
- A handsome evergreen woodland shrub or small tree from China.
- Waxy, bright rose-colored flowers. Leaves and star-shaped fruit give off a scent of anise when crushed.
- Located along forested Ridge Trail within the Asiatic Maple section, grid 25-1E.
5) Toona sinensis (Chinese Cedar)
- You can Toona piano, but you can’t Toona fish . . . or in this case, a tree.
- Deciduous tree from eastern and southeastern Asia with pinnately compound leaves and white flowering panicles in summer.
- Located in north Pinetum, grids 44 and 45-6W. For cultural, medicinal and commercial (timber) importance, go to link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toona_sinensis.