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September Highlights

Hawthorne Trail 

Crataegus calpodendron (Pear Hawthorne), Crataegus coccinoides (Kansas Hawthorne), Crataegus laevigata (English Hawthorne)

It’s time for our Hawthornes to begin going into fruiting! Take a walk down the Hawthorne Trail and look out for the brilliant red fruit ripening on the Pear, Kansas, and English Hawthornes. Even once all of the leaves have dropped for the season, the fruit will still be on the branches for the winter months. 

Steven’s Pavilion

Symphoricarpos albus - Common Snowberry

Though the Common Snowberry doesn’t have a reasonably showy flower display, its fruit is quite the opposite! Fruiting usually begins in September, and this multi-stemmed shrub produces large clusters of white drupes. These drupes stand out against the brown bark, after the leaves have dropped.

Taylor Trail

Magnolia cylindrica - Yellow Mountain Magnolia

The Yellow Mountain Magnolia is yet another beautiful tree to see, even after the leaves have dropped! It has very smooth gray bark, which allows for the fruit, which has formed by now, to stand out. This Magnolia tree produces two to three inch upright fruit that of which resembles a pink pinecone!

Bristlecone Pine Trail

Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’ - Japanese Maple

Fall and winter are beautiful months for the ‘Sango Kaku’ Japanese maple. The leaves begin to take on their fall color of golden yellow starting in September. At the same time, this maple’s bark takes on a new color as well! The ‘Sango Kaku’ Japanese maple has a beautiful coral red winter bark color, which intensifies with the cold weather!

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!