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Dogwood Trail

  • Arum italicum (Italian arum) - adds color and diversity to the garden with attractively marked leaves, which may be arrow-  or spear-shaped and are veined with mid-green to white;iIn early summer, white spathes of flowers are followed by spikes of bright orange red berries
  • Eriobotrya japonica (Loquat) - broadleaf evergreen, 10-25 feet tall with edible fruit
  • Corylopsis spicata (Winter Hazel) - deciduous shrub; flowers are lemon-yellow with purple red anthers
  • Nandina domestica ‘Leucocarpa’  (Yellow-berried Heavenly Bamboo) - evergreen multi-stem shrub with white flowers by creamy yellow berries (not red as is commonly found)
  • Pleiboblastus fortunei (Dwarf Variegated Bamboo) - perennial, semi-evergreen plant with variegated white or cream and green grass-like foliage, 1-2’ tall

Four Seasons Garden

  • Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku’ (Coral Bark Japanese Maple) - upright, slow-growing, vase-shaped tree growing 20-25’ tall; sometimes called coral bark maple in reference to its distinctive and showy pink bark which provides excellent color and contrast to landscapes in winter
  • Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood) - single trunk, deciduous tree eventually growing 20-40' tall  or a large, multi-stemmed shrub growing to 15' tall; apetulous flowers in late winter
  • Ilex verticillata ‘Maryland Beauty’ (Winterberry Holly) - native deciduous holly growing 5-7’  tall and wide, withstands wet soils, sun to part shade; females produce red berries which persist through winter and provide food for birds
  • Ilex cornuta “Dwarf Burford’ Holly - evergreen shrub 8-10’ tall, red berries

Mathews Nature Trail

  •  Ilex decidua ‘Finch’s Gold’ (Possumhaw Holly) - deciduous holly growing 12-15’ tall and 5-6’ wide, pollinated female has yellow berries
  • Myrica cerifera (Wax Myrtle)  - broadleaf evergreen shrub growing to 15-20’ high and wide
  • Ilex latifolia ‘Auburn’ (Auburn Lusterleaf  Holly) - broadleaf evergreen with pyramidal habit, 25’ tall by 15’ wide; clusters of red berries in fall

The Lewis Birding Trail
Not only a great place for viewing our “flying flowers,” this trail provides a wonderful example of plantings that support the bird population at the Garden.

Garden of the Month: Dogwood Trail
The Dogwood trail is a great place to take a short “hike” in the winter. While serving as a wonderful natural habitat for numerous flowering dogwood trees, the forest also is home to many native Alabama species that have significant historical, economic, cultural or aesthetic value to our state.


    Ilex decidua ‘Finch’s Gold’
    (Possumhaw Holly)

    Look for this logo to locate these plants in the Garden.