Plant of the Month
Pinus densiflora 'Umbraculifera'
Grids U2, U3, T3 along the
lower part of the Hosta Walk in the
north west corner of the Arboretum
These pines, which provide the shade for the
lower part of the Hosta Walk, were among the
first group of trees planted in the Arboretum.
The Moscow Rotary Club provided the trees
and the labor to plant them on Easter Sunday,
April 11, 1982. It seems appropriate to
mention these trees now, as David Trail, one of
the victims of the recent tragic shooting in
Moscow was one of the Rotary Club members
who was instrumental in the planting project.
Tanyosho Pines, Pinus densiflora 'Umbraculifera' 1-21-15
The word tanyosho is a mispronunciation of
the Japanese tagyôshô that literally means
"many-way pine," referring to the multiple
stem form of the tree. Ten of the original
twelve trees are still alive and doing well.
They all have the classic 'umbrella' form,
wider than tall with a broad flat top.
reddish bark on Tanyosho Pine 1-21-15
Another distinguishing characteristic of the tree
is the colorful inner bark which is exposed as
the older outer bark flakes off. In some
traditional Japanese gardens the pines are not
only intricately pruned, but the trunks are
actually polished to remove more of the older
bark and expose the colorful inner layer.
The mild winter has continued in Moscow, the
weather has been so nice that I am a little
behind in getting the planting records for the
past year updated in the database. I am nearly
done, and the updated inventories should be up
on the web site soon. I am far enough along to
report that we planted 1,023 'permanent' plants
last year. That number does not include the
1,500 or so annual flowers that we plant every
year. The 1,023 plants were divided into 282
woody trees and shrubs and 741 herbaceous
perennials, bulbs, and grasses. The number
includes 155 different taxa or kinds of plants
from 66 different species and 33 different
We have also been able to get some extra clean
up and pruning done in the Xeriscape Garden
and cut down four large dead evergreens over
in the Shattuck Arboretum.
'Vandal Gold' Scots Pine, Pinus sylvestris 'Vandal Gold' 12-22-14
There are two new stickers in the Arboretum kiosks which demonstrate a little of the value of the Arboretum. The first one is from the travel
web site, tripadvisor.com. The Arboretum is currently the #1 attraction in Moscow! The second one is from the organization ArbNet, a
relatively new program from the Morton Arboretum in Chicago to provide an accreditation program for Arboretums. There are four levels of
accreditation based on the size of the collection, along with requirements for documentation, labeling and staffing. The U of I Arboretum is
accredited as a Class 3 out of a possible 4. There are currently 93 accredited Arboretums in the program.
Arboretum Associates Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 30 2015 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ice Rink at the Latah County Fairgrounds
Arboretum Associates Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 7:00 pm
1912 Building, Great Room
Socializing, board elections, and an annual Arboretum report
'Magnum' Coral Bells
The biggest leaf of any of the Coral Bells!