Southern Live Oak ‘Quercus virginiana’ and Escarpment Oak ‘Quercus fusiformis’
Planted recently at Grounds For Sculpture just east of the ring of Dana Stewart sculptures, adjacent to Maplehenge, guests can find two young Southern Live Oaks and one Escarpment Oak. While these trees are typically found further south, recent development of new cultivars has pushed their viability into our region. Recognized for their stately presence (think “Gone with the Wind”), these trees are most often found from the Carolinas to California.
Diamyo Oak ‘Quercus dentata ‘Pinnatifida’
This cut leaf oak is a rare, prized specimen located next to the Escarpment Oak, just east of the ring of Dana Stewart sculptures and Maple Henge. It is described as a “Holy Grail” tree, which means it is a rare and unusual tree sought by collectors and enthusiasts.
Monkey Puzzle Tree ‘Araucaria araucana’
Located near the Winter Garden by the wall just past the Red Maple Allee and heading towards Rat’s Restaurant, this tree is named for the Araucana people from the mountainous region of Chile. It has triangle shaped leaves and is quite spiny. The intricate twisted branches and scale-like bark are notable features distinguish this tree.
Mohr’s Pine ‘Pinus strobus ‘Mohr’
A recent gift, this collector specimen is located near the gazebo by the Lotus Pond. Notable for its rarity, it is a new garden-cultivated hybrid. It is a young white pine, and we are curious to see how it grows over the next decade.
Chinese Fringe Tree ‘Chionanthus retusus’
Native to China, these trees produce beautiful and slender fringelike petals in late spring. Two can be found along the lake in the vicinity of the warming hut path.
Korean Sweetheart Tree ‘Eucaphis japonica’
Relatively unknown, this small tree has an insignificant flower which produces a red heart shaped fruit. Native to Korea, it is recognized by its beautiful bark and purple fall leaf. GFS has one of these unusual specimens, located along the lake between Doubles and Déjeuner Deja Vous.
Crepe Myrtle ‘Lagerstroemia Indica’
Late summer bloomers, there are several of these trees at GFS. They can be found on the Olympia Hill as well as in the Water Garden and Acer Courtyard. Blooms are crepelike petals in colors of pink, white, or purple. The bark is unique – very smooth and muscle-like in appearance, and in some cases can look more like someone’s arm than a tree.
Seven Sons Tree ‘Heptacodium miconioides’
This unusual specimen comes from Southeast Asia and is known for its small creamy white flowers which bloom in late summer and produce a red fruit surrounded by red bracts, which look like a second bloom. Each cluster contains seven tiny flowers (hence the name heptacodium), which are followed by an equally showy red fruit in fall. Two of the trees can be found along the pond opposite the Hedgerooms.