Scott Arboretum Plant IntroductionsA number of plant introductions from the Arboretum now circulate in the nursery trade; some of the better known ones include:
Hamamelis mollis ‘Early Bright’ (1988)
This witch hazel was selected from a group of seed-raised plants received from Koster Nursery, Bridgeton, New Jersey in 1951. It was named and registered by Andrew Bunting, the Curator, since it flowers three to four weeks earlier than other witch hazels and has outstanding yellow flowers.
Hosta 'Swarthmore Surprise'
This white and green variegated diminutive selection of hosta was selected by Gertrude Wister, late assistant director of the Scott Arboretum.
Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’ (1982)
Through Mrs. Josephine Henry of the Henry Foundation, Gladwyne, PA, the Arboretum obtained several seedlings collected in Georgia, and one of the seedlings caught the eye of Michael Dirr, Professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, who suggested naming it. To recognize the connection between Mrs. Henry and Swarthmore College, the Arboretum named it ‘Henry’s Garnet’, with garnet referring to the College’s color. In addition to its rich burgundy autumn color, ‘Henry’s Garnet’ has white flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators.
Magnolia denudata 'Swarthmore Sentinel' (2009)
This is a new clone of the Yulan magnolia selected for its particularly upright habit. Like other clones of M. denudata, it flowers very early, at the end of March to early April with large fragrant ivory flowers. The ultimate height will be 30-40' tall with a spread of 15'.
Magnolia virginiana var. australis ‘Henry Hicks’ (1967)
Singled out for its persistent evergreen leaves and dense habit, this sweetbay magnolia commemorates a famous New York nurseryman whose daughter attended Swarthmore College; the original tree resides in the magnolia collection.
Prunus subhirtella 'Scott Early' (1941)
The plant was a gift from Mrs. Arthur Hoyt Scott. It blooms very early in the spring around the first of April and has striking, soft-pink flowers.
Rhododendron ‘Scintillation’ (1973)
A popular hybrid of unknown parentage—the funnel-shaped cotton-candy pink flowers and well-branched habit make it one of the top rhododendrons for the region. Dr. John Wister, the first Director of the Arboretum, raised numerous other, outstanding rhododendrons, in addition to ‘Scintillation.’
Other Introductions include:
Rhododendron 'Basking Ridge'
Rhododendron 'Charming Maid'
Rhododendron 'Charming Miss'
Rhododendron 'Charming Mom'
Rhododendron 'Crowning Touch'
Rhododendron 'Dainty Cloud'
Rhododendron 'Delayed Dawn'
Rhododendron 'Delayed Event'
Rhododendron 'Delayed Surprise'
Rhododendron 'Fairmont Pride'
Rhododendron 'Fairmont Lodge'
Rhododendron 'Forest Border'
Rhododendron 'Full Measure'
Rhododendron 'Good Fortune'
Rhododendron 'Good Luck'
Rhododendron 'Great Eastern'
Rhododendron 'High Hope'
Rhododendron 'High Regard'
Rhododendron 'July Morn'
Rhododendron 'Late Arrival'
Rhododendron 'Late Beginning'
Rhododendron 'Late Discovery'
Rhododendron 'Madison Hill'
Rhododendron 'Maralyn Gillespie'
Rhododendron 'Margaret Fell'
Rhododendron 'Newburyport Beauty'
Rhododendron 'Newburyport Belle'
Rhododendron 'Path Finder'
Rhododendron 'Pink Picotee'
Rhododendron 'Pink Promise'
Rhododendron 'Sagamore Bridge'
Rhododendron 'Senior Picnic'
Rhododendron 'Sheer Delight'
Rhododendron 'Sparkling Jewel'
Rhododendron 'Summer Jewel'
Rhododendron 'Sun Sheen'
Rhododendron 'Sunlit Snow'