What's in Bloom: January Image Breadcrumb Home Gardens & Trees What's in Bloom: January January at the Morris Image Lassie Koehne holly Ilex x koehneana ‘Lassie’ Swan Pond Boasting clusters of bright red berries, this broad-leafed evergreen tree is a cross between Ilex aquifolium (English holly) and Ilex latifolia (lusterleaf holly). Selected for its prolific fruit, the Lassie cultivar stands out in the garden this time of year. Image spicebush Lindera salicifolia Long Fountain After their vibrant display of fall color, the leaves of these spicebush shrubs turn a warm tan color and stay on through the winter. Image Japanese stewartia Stewartia pseudocamellia Bark Park Native to the mountainous regions of Korea and Japan, this small tree displays a patchwork of orange, tan, and gray bark as its outer layers shed off of the trunk. Japanese stewartias are in the tea family, Theaceae, and share similar flower characteristics to camellias as indicated in the species name which translates to “false camellia.” Image lacebark pine Pinus bungeana Hill & Water Garden Native to northwest China, this evergreen tree gets its common name from its flaking gray bark that exposes white, tan, and green layers of bark underneath. The lacebark pine at the Hill & Water Garden is original to the Morris Estate. Image Blue Atlas cedar Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ Between Rose Garden and Pennock Garden Blue-tinted needles create a spectacular display on this striking evergreen tree. Native to the Atlas Mountains in North Africa, Blue Atlas cedars are true cedars, which can be identified by their tight, whorled clusters of needles. The needles get their blue-green color from a waxy coating that helps the tree retain water. Image Winter Gold common winterberry Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Gold’ Sculpture Garden This cultivar of our native deciduous holly is selected for its vibrant orange fruit that stay on significantly into the winter months. Ilex verticillata shrubs are dioecious, meaning the male and female reproductive parts are on separate plants. Only the female plants will fruit, and their berries are well-loved by birds this time of year. Image paperbark maple Acer griseum Mercury Loggia These trees provide year-round interest with striking tan and orange exfoliating bark. Many of the paperbark maple specimens in the garden today were wild-collected from China.