Cotinus coggygria ‘Purpureus’ (Purple Smoketree)
This beautiful purple-leafed shrub starts flowering in June. The flower clusters, or panicles, change colors as they age, in September creating a “smoky” effect. Find it on the Hawthorn Trail just south of its intersection with Wildwood Trail.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Cornus kousa (Kousa Dogwood)
The Kousa Dogwoods are our later flowering dogwoods. The pink-flowered ‘Rosabella’ is shorter and fatter than the others. ‘Autumn Rose’ and ‘Trinity Star’ have lovely white flowers. See the ‘Moonbeam’ with its dinner-plate-size flowers!
Laburnum anagyroides (Golden Chain Tree)
The Golden Chain Tree is a must-see this month! Its hard-to-miss blooms are long (6”-10”), pendulous, and bright yellow.
Styrax japonicus (Japanese Snow-Bell)
Native to Japan, China, and Korea, the Japanese Snow-Bell blooms in May and June. Drooping below the dark, lustrous leaves are groups of three to six 5-lobed white flowers with yellow stamens. With its small fruits and smooth gray bark, this tree is a multi-season pleaser. Find it on the Maple Trail, below Knights Blvd, next to the stairs connecting the Maple Trail to the Wildwood Trail.