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January Highlights

Maple Trail

Acer davidii (Snakebark Maple)

Snakebark Maple is named for its reptilian-looking bark, which is green with purplish-red highlights and white stripes. The colorful bark creates a lovely ornamental effect in winter. Its Latin name comes from 19th century French missionary and botanist Father Armand David, who discovered it in China. Find in on the south side of the Maple Trail, where where it meets the Hawthorn Trail. 

Winter Garden 

Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ (Corckscrew Hazel) 

Once the Corkscrew Hazel’s leaves have dropped you can see where its name comes from. A marvelous puzzle of twisted branches gives this tree a unique sculptural quality.

Winter Garden 

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’

Viburnums are known for their fragrant flowers; the ‘Dawn’ is no exception. With its bright buds opening to small pink flowers that fade to white, this shrub can be a magnificent sight. Look for red fruit following the bloom.

Bristlecone Pine Trail 

Eucalyptus pauciflora (Snow Gum) 

Eucalyptus pauciflora has a smooth and mottled bark that can be white-to-light gray or sometimes brown-red. Instead of losing its leaves in winter, this tree adapts to the weight of snow by bending its outermost branches to extend downward so that snow falls from its leaves. Native to Australia. Find it on the Bristlecone Pine Trail north of the paved parking lot.