Dickinson antartica in front of The Spheres

The Urban Arboretum: East of The Spheres

Scroll through the gallery to learn about the plants you will find east of The Spheres. Click the button below or header image to return to Stop Six.

Urban Arboretum: Stop Six

October 28, 2022
Polylepis tree at The Spheres
Polylepis is a genus of trees comprising of 28 shrub and tree species. These species are native to the mid and high elevations of the tropical Andes.
Pseudopanax crassifolius
Also known as lancewood. This small tree is native to New Zealand. While the plant is young, the juvenile leaves are dark green, narrow and linear. As it matures, the leaves shorten and turn upright.
Pseudopanax ferox
Pseudopanax ferox
Also known as the toothed lancewood. Similar to the Lancewood, these two species share a genus. However, the leaves on the ferox are a darker color, often a grey-green, and have a distinct tooth-like shape.
Ypsilandra thibetica at The Spheres
Ypsilandra thibetica
Ypsilandra thibetica is an evergreen shrub from the valley slopes of China and Taiwan. Leaves are colorful and lush and are used in traditional Chinese medicine as congestion relief. When in bloom, the white flower clusters smell like vanilla.
Helwingia chinensis
Helwingia chinensis
Also known as the Chinese helwingia, it is native to Eastern Asia.
Helwingia chinensis
A closer look at Helwingia chinensis.