Common name Dead man's fingers, blue bean plant
Decaisnea insignis is located just south of the Waterfall and has blue sausage-like pods in early fall, just in time for Halloween. In addition to frightening children, the pulp inside the pods is sweetly bland.
(Photos of beans and leaves by Midge Oke)
Common name: Empress tree, princess tree
Paulownia tomentosa, a spectacular tree, flowering with heliotrope-coloured foxglove-like flowers before the leaves come out, it is known as the Empress Tree because it was one of the Imperial plants of Japan, appearing on the crest of the Mikado. More about Paulownia.
Common Name: Weeping katsura tree
Common Name: Oyama magnolia
Magnolia sieboldii is one of the latest-blooming magnolias, flowering in early summer after its leaves have appeared. It is named after Pierre Magnol, French botanist and Philipp Franz von Siebold, German plant collector. The common name comes from the name of a town in Japan (not Oyama, BC, which was is named after Japanese Field Marshal Oyama Iwao).