pink magnolia blossom

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August Highlights

Bray Lane 

Metasequoia glyptostroboides – Dawn Redwood 

Part of the Oregon Heritage Tree Program, the Dawn Redwood stands tall in Hoyt Arboretum! Reaching heights of 75’ – 100’, this deciduous conifer has branches that swoop upward, and an attractive shredding reddish brown bark Also a sight for the fall, it has a pinkish-tan to an almost bronze fall color before dropping its needles for the winter. 

Magnolia Trail 

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Victoria’ – Southern Magnolia 

Another Beautiful Magnolia is in bloom right now! The Southern Magnolia has large, thick, shiny and very leathery green leaves. Tucked amongst these leaves are large and very fragrant white flowers! Walking along Magnolia Trail, you definitely won’t be able to miss this gorgeous tree! 

Beech Trail

Hydrangea paniculata – Late Panicle Hydrangea

The Late Panicle Hydrangea adds some wonderful color along Beech Trail this time of the year. Against coarsely textured green leaves, tons of large white blooms surround the outer circumference of this fast growing shrub.

Wildwood Trail

Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis - Honey Locust

Starting around August, the Honey Locust trees are forming their unique seed pods! Look for the long and twisted seed pods, which hang against a background of glossy green compound leaves. Numerous long and branched thorns along the bark are something to keep an eye for as well!

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!