The Huntington Botanical Gardens

What's In Bloom

October 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 Volunteers and Docents monthly meeting and now shares them here with all of you. Thank you, Judi!

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Species:  Pittosporum rhombifolium

Common name:  Queensland Pittosporum

Family:  Pittosporaceae

Region of Origin:  Australia

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park

Notes: Orange berries, not edible for humans. Behind the Allen Guard Station. Can see these trees on both sides of the street on Del Mar between Altadena Drive and Kinneloa, also on South Lake Street in the shopping area.

 

SpeciesChorisia insignis

Common name:  Floss Silk Tree

Family:  Bombacaceae

Region of Origin:  Peru

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park

Notes: White flowers with red markings to direct the insects in to get the nectar and pollen.

 

Species:  Chorisia speciosa

Common name:  Floss Silk Tree

Family:  Bombacaceae

Region of Origin:  Brazil

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park

Notes: Rose-pink flowers. You can see these along the freeway in a number of places. After the flowers you get a big pod that looks a bit like an avocado. Inside is the floss or fiber material that surrounds the seed. The pod pops open and the fibers disperse the seeds.

 

Species:  Crataegus phaenopyrum

Common name:  Washington Thorn

Family:  Rosaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park, North Perimeter

Notes: Red berries hang on after leaves drop. Right now it's a mixture of red and green. The leaves look a bit like holly.

 

Species:  Koelreuteria henryi

Common name:  Chinese Rain Tree

Family:  Sapindaceae

Region of Origin:  Taiwan

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park, E-FIII

Notes: Yellow flowers are followed by papery coral seed capsules (see below). These are along the freeway in the west 210 area.

 

Species:  Koelreuteria henryi

Common name:  Chinese Rain Tree

Family:  Sapindaceae

Region of Origin:  Taiwan

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park, E-FIII

Notes: Yellow flowers (see above) are followed by papery coral seed capsules. The seed pods hang on a lot longer than the flowers do and are frequently mistaken for the flowers. Last year at this time, the seed pods were on the tree, but this year the tree is still in bloom.

Species:  Cortaderia selloana

Common name:  Pampas Grass

Family:  Poaceae

Region of Origin:  Argentina

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park

Notes: This is a relative of the weedy one, Jubata Grass.

Species:  Lantana and Pittosporum phillyreoides

See below for close-ups and details

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park

Notes: Has graceful drooping branches like a willow tree.

Species:  Lantana

Common name:  Lantana

Family:  Verbenaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park

Notes: Yellow, orange, and fuchisa pink flowers

Notes: May be the cultivar known as Rainbow because it has gold, orange, and fuschia pink in it.

Species:  Pittosporum phillyreoides

Common name:  Willow Pittosporum

Family:  Pittosporaceae

Region of Origin:  Australia

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park

Notes: Weeping branches, yellow fruit

 

Species:  Ziziphus jujuba

Common name:  Chinese Jujube

Family:  Rhamnaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park, EII

Notes: Shiny reddish brown datelike fuit. Also known as the Chinese Date because when ripe they have a sweet, apple-like flavor. They are not botanically related to the Date. Research and lab tests are being done on the possible anti-cancer properties of this fruit. They are packed with Vitamin C and amino acids, as well as some fatty acids. They are a very popular ingredient in herbal tonics and several asian medicines.

 

Species:  Leucophyllum frutescens

Common name:  Texas Ranger, Texas Sage

Family:  Scrophulariaceae

Location in Garden:  Arboretum Car Park, EII

Notes: Lavender flowers. Heat tolerant plant.

 

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