December Stroll

Submitted December 12, 2017 at 4:40 PM

If you've been out to brave the inversion, I'm sure you noticed the grayish-white crystalline deposits on practically every tree and shrub called hoar frost. It forms when the water vapor in the air deposits and crystallizes on exposed surfaces.

Red Butte

Red Butte through the haze.

Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud    Cercis canadensis

The fruits of the Eastern Redbud hang tightly to the branches throughout the winter.


Cranberry Cotoneaster    Cotoneaster apiculatus

The fruits of Cranberry Cotoneaster brighten up the Garden on even the dreariest of days.


Creeping Oregon Grape    Mahonia repens

The leaves of this Utah native shrub remain green all year, but can also turn shades of red, maroon, and purple during the winter.


Vanderwolf Pyramid Pine    Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf Pyramid'

Water vapor freezes into delicate crystals upon the narrow leaves of this pine.


Europeana Rose    Rosa 'Europeana'

Take a walk through the Rose Garden and you might see some of the last remaining color holding over from the summer.

Come visit the Garden's gift shop for some great gifts to give this year. While you're here, don't forget to renew your membership.

Photos by Jason W. Baker

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