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March Highlights

Wildwood Trail 

Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry) 

The Cornelian Cherry can be said to have multi-season interest. Blooming March-early April, the small numerous round clusters of yellow flowers are quite showy against the darker green and glossy foliage. Following the flowers, dark red fruit, which are edible after turning red, form. In the winter time, you are able to notice its exfoliating bark. Most definitely, a multi-season plant! 

Throughout the Arboretum 

Oemleria cerasiformis (Oregon Plum) 

Oregon Plum makes for an excellent understory plant! Native to the Pacific Northwest, you can see its pendant racemes of white bell-shaped flowers on late winter/early spring morning. In the summer, the plant is covered in green lance-shaped leaves, that when crushed, have a cucumber/watermelon scent. The flowers also have a slight fragrance, but it does not carry in the air. 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial 

Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – Witch Hazel 

Reaching a size of 12 feet tall and wide, this vase-shaped shrub is great for group plantings at home! It has ascending branches of bright green leaves that fade to yellow in the fall, and with clusters of sulfur-yellow flowers appearing in mid-late winter, the Witch Hazel is an all-season shrub! 

Visitors Center

Garrya elliptica (Silktassel, or Tassell Bush)

A native to Oregon, California, this is a reliable evergreen shrub that can reach 15 ft. The leaves are opposite, leathery, dark green to gray-green. This plant has been in bloom for the last two weeks and continues to be stunning, though not showy the profusion of blooms. The male catkins are the showiest and cultivar ‘James Roof’ displays the best long blooms some exceeding 6 inches. The female plants have shorter less showy catkins.  Check out the male plants in the visitor center beds along Fairview Blvd.

What's in Bloom?


Magnolia wilsonii

This Magnolia is native to China where it grows as a forest understory plant.  This is an unusual magnolia, in that the blooms are pendulous, meaning downward-hanging.  Their crisp white blooms are beautiful with bright maroon stamens in the center. 

This magnolia can be found at the western confluence of the Taylor and Magnolia trails in the Magnolia Collection.  Take a look today!