A woodland paradise
The overhead canopy consists of specimens including Celtis sinensis (Chinese hackberry), Lagerstroemia faurei (Faure’s Crape Myrtle), Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood), and a nearly 40 year old Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’, showing what’s possible with great age. This is one of 36 different maples in this garden.
A native grove of Juglans nigra (black walnut) was preserved, now underplanted with the little-known Acer carpinifolia. One of the most stunning trees is our huge specimen of Zelkova serrata ‘Goshiki’ with it stunning variegated foliage and smooth silvery bark. The beautiful Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’ is so large, it’s regularly mistaken for a giant cherry tree until it burst forth in spring with its fragrant flowers.
Three decades worth of growth
Many of the shrubs have grown quite massive, also now provide shade underneath. These include giant Sciadopitys verticillata, some enormous Juniperus chinensis ‘Kazuki’, a stunning Taxus mairei, and over 125 different conifers, including our amazing specimen of Abies concolor.
A deliciously fragrant Cleyera japonica ‘Fortunei’ highlights the late spring garden, while 29 camellia cultivars add color from fall through spring. The large specimens of Illicium lanceolatum, henryi, and jiadifengpi, all are fascinating evergreens that thrive in the shade. Even the native Osmanthus americanus could now be easily mistaken for a full-size tree.