January 1, 2009
The profusely flowering Pyrus kawakamii is commonly known here as the Evergreen pear. Pyrus kawakamii's common name “Evergreen pear” is somewhat misleading; it actually loses a good portion of its leaves in the winter. However it rarely loses all of its leaves.
Bloodleaf (Iresine lindenii) glowing in the late afternoon sun. The plant is native to Ecuador.
This Punting stick bamboo (Bambusa tuldoides) may be living on borrowed time due to a phenomenon common to these grassy plants –many of them die after they flower. This particular clump may have been induced into flowering before its time due to the stress of a recent scale infestation.
Magnolia 'Royal Crown'
Magnolia 'Royal Crown' is one of 71 different types of Magnolia growing at the Arboretum.
Magnolia x soulangiana 'Speciosa'
Magnolia x soulangiana 'Speciosa' has been one of the first to bloom in 2009. Magnolia x soulangiana 'Speciosa' has medium size almost pure white blooms that contrast the vividly blue Southern California sky.
Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke'
Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke' has fascinating and colorful globe-shaped double blooms. Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke' is commonly called the Japanese apricot.