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The winter garden is far from boring! Take a stroll in the peaceful woods, catching glimmers of nature’s hidden beauty: textured bark, vibrant red berries, birds seeking seeds. After your adventures outdoors, warm up in the tropical bloom-filled Conservatory.
Helleborus × ericsmithii 'Silvermoon' . 1 • Hybrid Hellebore
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During particularly warm winters like this year’s, you may find the hybrid hellebore, Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Silvermoon’ blooming as early as February. Ours is planted in an area of the Central Garden that is somewhat protected from the harshest winds of winter. With buildings on three sides, it finds a bit of a microclimate in our North Terrace. Don’t miss this silvery beauty on your left as soon as you enter into the Garden.
Edgeworthia tomentosa 'Gold Rush' . 2 • Golden Paperbush
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Edgeworthia tomentosa ‘Gold Rush’ is a medium sized shrub with velvety silver and yellow pom-pom like flowers. At the tips of its branches you’ll find prominent buds, some beginning to open. The fragrance of paperbush in the cold winter air is memorable and will make you happy you came to see it. You’ll find Edgeworthia in many locations in the Garden. This variety, ‘Gold Rush,’ can be found in the Asian Valley and in Streb Conifer Garden.
Hamamelis × intermedia 'Diane' . 3 • Hybrid Witch Hazel
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The crinkly ruby red to copper ribbon-like blooms of Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ offer subtly fragrant winter blooms. The pom pom fringe blooms appear before the foliage, as if to cheer on the coming of spring and new leaves. The fall foliage echoes the colors of the blooms in hughes of red, orange and copper with yellow highlights. Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane is a cross between Chinese and Japanese varieties. Fittingly, you’ll find it in the Asian Valley.
Hamamelis × intermedia 'Arnold Promise' . 4 • Hybrid Witch Hazel
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Witch Hazel, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise,’ has yellow ribbon-like crinkly fringed flowers with ruby at the base. They have a subtle, but spicy scent. You’ll find several specimens of this beauty at our Garden including in Flagler Garden, in the Asian Valley and along the Cherry Tree Walk.
Daphne odora . 5 • Winter Daphne
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The evergreen foliage of daphne is complimented by an intoxicating sweet fragrance.
Prunus mume 'Josephine' . 6 • Japanese Flowering Apricot
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Prunus mume ‘Josephine’ features delicate, creamy white cup-like blooms. The fragrance of Prunus mume is memorable in the winter air. The specimens along the Cherry Tree Walk are relatively new to our collection, so look for them to have a bigger impact each year with more blooms as they grow.
Magnolia amoena . 7 • Magnolia
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Magnolia amoena is endemic to southeast China. It's native habitat is severly fragmented and the plant is listed as "vulnerable" which is a step before endangered. The fuzzy buds start showing a brilliant pink color on it's outer petals before fully opening to bright white.
Parrotia persica . 8 • Parrotia
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Parrotia persica is a small tree with smooth, peeling pinkish-brown to cinnamon colored bark. The form of the tree is wide-spreading with many horizontal branches. The ruby red buds and blooms are a welcome sight in February. You’ll find this beauty in the Asian Valley.