The Huntington Botanical Gardens

What's In Bloom

December 2005

 

Each month, Garden Docent Judi Danner takes photographs of what's blooming all around the garden. Judi generously shares her photos and her extensive knowledge  at the Garden Docents and Volunteers monthly meeting and now shares them here with all of you. Thank you, Judi!

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Species:  Liquidambar styraciflua

Common name:  American Sweet Gum

Family:  Hamamelidaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park

Notes: Colorful foliage

 

Species:  Chorisia insignis

Common name:  Floss Silk Tree

Family:  Bombacaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park CIII

Notes: White flowers with yellow centers and red lines to direct insects to the pollen

 

Species:  Koelreuteria henryi

Common name:  Chinese Rain Tree

Family:  Sapindaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park EIII

Notes: Salmon-pink papery seedpods. They last quite a bit longer than the flowers do.

 

Species:  Melia azederach

Common name:  Chinaberry, Bead Tree

Family:  Meliaceae

Region of Origin:  N. India, China

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park GIII

Notes: Yellow fruit is poisonous to pigs and people.

 

Species:  Cortaderia selloana

Common name:  Pampas Grass

Family:  Poaceae

Region of Origin:  Argentina

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park GIII

Notes: Fluffy off-white plumes. Use a lot of this on Rose Parade floats for fluffy animal tails and other things. This plant does not set seed and is not the grass that they're trying to get out along the shore.

 

Species:  Crataegus phaenopyrum

Common name:  Washington Thorn

Family:  Rosaceae

Region of Origin:  SE United States

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park - Northeast Perimeter

Notes: Shiny red fuit

 

Species:  Geijera parviflora

Common name:  Wilga

Family:  Rutaceae

Region of Origin:  Eastern Australia

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park E-FII

 

Species:  Cassia artemisioides

Common name:  Feathery Cassia

Family:  Fabaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park

Notes: Yellow flowers. Nice fragrance. Unlike the tropical Cassias, these desert kinds have sparse foliage, which is often reduced to silvery needle-like leaves covered with short, silky hairs . This helps to reflect the sunlight and reduce the wear and heat stress from the arid habitat.

 

Species:  Michelia doltsopa 'Silver Cloud'

Family:  Magnoliaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park - East Perimeter

 

Species:  Tipuana tipu

Common name:  Tipu Tree

Family:  Fabacaeae

Region of Origin:  South America

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park AII

Notes: Yellow seed pods with round seed at the top of the "wing". The wing is to help propel the seed and scatter them.

 

Species:  Rosmarinus

Common name:  Rosemary

Family:  Lamiaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park B-CII

Notes: Light blue flowers

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