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As the seasons change, so does the Arboretum. Check out what's in bloom for each of the seasons:

Winter

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

Spring

Summer

Fall

TREES

  • Juan's favorite is the Crape Myrtle, Langerstroemia indica, with its attractive mottled bark and array of autumn-hued leaves.
  • Ruben likes the showy Red Sunset Maple, Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset,' for its bright crimson, orange color.
  • At the top of the amphitheater is a native Sourwood tree, Oxydendrum aborem, covered in hot pinkish-red glossy leaves.  Tom chose this tree for its ski slope-shaped flowers which persist into autumn.
  • Stanley chose the Fringe tree, Chionanthus retusus, because it's easy to maintain.
  • Abdenbi picked the stately Blue Atlas Cedar, Cedrus atlantica, behind Kay Spiritual Center, as it reminds him of his childhood home in Morocco.  He emphasized that this tree is most beautiful after a rain or when sparkling in the morning mist.    

PERENNIALS, SHRUBS, VINES

  • The ever-popular Nandina, Nandina domestica, is Greg's fall favorite.
  • Lillian likes the shrub Itea, Itea virginica, whose fall color varies from crimson-burgundy in full sun to a mix of yellow, orange, and scarlet in partial to full shade for most cultivars.  These are in front of the Katzen Arts Center.
  • Jessica admires the new Coneflowers, Echinacea x, Harvest Moon, near the Katsura tree behind Hughes, for their golden yellow flowers which, after dead heading, keep blooming until frost. She also likes the Black Flowering Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopecutoides 'Moudry'.
  • Dave W. has several picks for fall.  He likes the deciduous Viburnum shrubs for its color.  He also points out the Boston Ivy vine, Parthenoeissus tricuspidata, for brilliant fall color.  Not to be missed, Dave also favors the ornamental Muhley grass Muhlenbergia capillaries are topped with spectacular pink inflorescence. Take a look for them between Katzen Arts Center and Nebraska Hall.
  • Tenisio chose the Firewitch Dianthus, Diathus gratianopolitanus, for its long blooming season.
  • Stephanie named the fall flowering Camellia, Camelliia sasanqua Thunb, as a great shrub for fall.