The Huntington Botanical Gardens

What's In Bloom

November 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:  Liquadambar styraciflua

Common name:  Sweet Gum, Red Gum

Family:  Hamameliadaceae

Region of Origin:  Eastern U.S.

Location in Garden:  Arboretum-Car Park

Notes: Fall foliage and "gumball" seed pods. Witchhazel family. Contrary to popular belief, frost has nothing to do with autumn color. The timing and intensity of fall colors are impacted by a number of factors including the shortening of daylight hours. As days become shorter, the chlorophyll breaks down and the green pigment disappears and you can see the other pigments like the reds and the oranges. As the autumn continues, only the final pigment remains, which is brown and tan.

 

Species:  Eupatorium greggii

Family:  Asteraceae

Region of Origin:  Arizona, Texas

Location in Garden:  Arboretum-Car Park B & D-III

Notes: Fluffy white flowers. Shrubby plantings.

 

Species:  Chorisia speciosa

Common name:  Floss Silk Tree

Family:  Bombacaeae

Region of Origin:  Brazil

Location in Garden:  Arboretum-Car Park

Notes: Some are still in bloom.

 

Species:  Koelreuteria henryi

Common name:  Chinese Rain Tree

Family:  Sapindaceae

Region of Origin:  Taiwan

Location in Garden:  Arboretum-Car Park F-III

Notes: Small yellow flowers in October, salmon-colored papery seedpods in November. These hang on for quite a long time. The seedpods are often mistaken for blooms.

 

Species:  Pistacia chinensis

Common name:  Chinese Pistache

Family:  Anacardiaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum-Car Park E & F-III

Notes: Ornamental species with red fall foliage; fruit red then ripens to blue black. Fruit is not edible.

 

Species:  Cassia leptophylla

Common name:  Gold Medallion Tree

Family:  Fabaceae

Region of Origin:  Brazil

Location in Garden:  Arboretum-Car Park F-II

Notes: Very long hard seedpods. Named for their clusters of yell0w-gold flowers.

 

Species:  Diospyros kaki 'Fuyu'

Common name:  Japanese Persimmon

Family:  Ebenaceae

Location in Garden:  West perimeter of Staff Parking Lot

Notes: Red fall foliage

 

Species:  Diospyros virginiana

Common name:  American Persimmon

Family:  Ebenaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum-Car Park A-II

Notes: Yellow fall foliage. Fruit is 1 1/2 inches in diameter. These require frost before they are edible.

 

Species:  Crataegus phaenopyrum

Common name:  Washington Thorn

Family:  Rosaceae

Region of Origin:  Southeastern U.S.

Location in Garden:  Arboretum-Car Park, North perimeter

Notes: Red berries will hang on all winter.

 

Species:  Tipuana tipu

Common name:  Tipu Tree

Family:  Fabaceae

Region of Origin:  South America

Location in Garden:  Arboretum-Car Park A-II

Notes: Yellow seed pods

 

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