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.
“Berry Best from Hollywood”
1) Ilex aquifolium ‘Ferox Argentea’ (Variegated Porcupine Holly)
- This “Punk” star is a sterile male with spiny leaves, but obviously no berries.
- But this means it doesn’t contribute to English holly’s invasiveness in the Pacific Northwest.
- Old cultivar in England, first reported in 1662 (Galle).
- Specimen is located in the Eurasian clade (family), W. berm, of the Ilex Collection.
2) Ilex maximowicziana var. kanehirae
- This “Mod” diva has a tidy upright form with black berries.
- Native to China and Japan
- Has gone through many name changes, intermediate between I. crenata and I. triflora.
- Specimen is located in the Asian/North American clade of the Ilex Collection.
3) Ilex opaca ‘Boyce Thompson Xanthocarpa’
- An American holly celebrity which dares to be different, sporting yellow berries.
- Reported to have been discovered in the wild, Mount Vernon, VA, late 1920’s.
- Specimen located in the American clade, S. berm, of the Ilex Collection.
4) Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ (Winterberry cultivar)
- You don‘t always need to be dressed in leaves, says this scarlet actress.
- Reliable shrub with heavy, bright red fruit set and good berry retention.
- A nice thicket is found along Azalea Way, just north of Lookout Pond.
5) Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’
- This mischievous leading lady has been nothing but trouble!
- Claiming English holly parentage, but also Chinese holly parentage. In any case, no denying she certainly resembles English holly in my book.
- Specimen is located in the Eurasian clade, N. berm, in the Ilex Collection.
1) Fokienia hodginsii (Fokienia)
- Native to China, Vietnam, and Laos
- Extremely slow growing outside of native range
- Specimen located in Rhododendron Glen
2) Keteleeria evelyniana (Keteleeria)
- Native to China, Vietnam, and Laos
- Thrives in warm climates, but may be considered an “herbaceous perennial” in northern climates
- Specimen located in north Pinetum area
3) Taiwania cryptomerioides (Coffin Tree)
- Native to Taiwan, China, and Vietnam
- Considered “critically threatened” in native range
- Specimen located near East Newton Street entrance to the Pinetum area
4) Thujopsis dolabrata (Lizard Tree)
- Native to Japan
- Thrives in moist, shady areas with rich soil
- Specimen located among Acer Collection in the Woodland Garden
5) Torreya taxifolia (Stinking Cedar)
- Native to southeastern U.S. (Florida)
- Very rare in native range due to a fungal pathogen
- Specimen located between Loderi Valley and the Woodland Garden