Botanic name: Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Common name: California lilac Family: Rhamnaceae
Pollinators adore the striking blue blossoms, while mule deer and porcupine are partial to the leaves on this evergreen shrub. They can grow to about 6’, and the blossoms may vary from blue to a very faint purple. Leaves alternate along branches, and have a gummy feel to them when pinched between one’s fingers. The roots may have red inner bark. Once seeds are produced, they may lie dormant for hundreds of years, but will spring to life once a forest fire has come through.
Botanic name: Enkianthus campanulatus Common name: Redvein enkianthus Family: Ericaceae
Look closely at this upright 6-8’ deciduous shrub to discover, shyly hiding under its 3” elliptic,bluish-green leaves,clusters of tiny bell-shaped flowers. These cream colored bells appear as though dipped in a delicate pink at the edges. Being a native of Japan’s open woodlands, it is quite at home in the Pacific Northwest forest. You will see one just west of the Gift Shop.
Botanic name: Iris innominata Common name: Del Norte iris Family: Iridacae
This native to southern Oregon was discovered by Lilla Leach and can be seen on the grounds near the manor house. The leaves are dense and evergreen, up to 20 cm. The flower is typically deep golden yellow with darker veins, although colors may vary. The flower stems are about 12 cm and usually bear 1–2 flowers in spring.
Botanic name: Pieris 'Prelude' Common name: Japanese pieris Family: Ericaceae
‘Prelude’ is a compact form of the taller pieris, generally only growing to about 2’ in height and across . Leaves that at first emerge pink turn to a glossy dark green, White, lily-of-the-valley-like flowers form fountaining, tassel-like clusters of pinkish buds that open to fragrant white flowers in spring. Aside from its festive show of flowers in the spring, it has the added benefit of being somewhat deer resistant.
Botanic name: Viburnum plicatum tomentosum Common name: Doublefile viburnum Family: Adoxaceae
Throughout the seasons, this dense, 8-15’ tall, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub provides an array of colors. While the white flower clusters steal the show in springtime, the dark green ovate toothed leaves are the star in the autumn when they change to red or purple. At summer’s end, the fruit are small egg-shaped droops that eventually become black.