Don’t miss the spectacular early summer blooming trees at Polly Hill Arboretum. The Cornus kousa dogwood allée is in full bloom. Several of the trees forming the allée were introduced by the late Ms. Hill, selected for their growth habits, showy flowers, and ornamental fruit.
The Arboretum’s most asked about tree, the Julian Hill Magnolia (Magnolia Macrophylla), has just begun to bloom. This big-Leaf magnolia was planted in 1961 and flowered after only nine years. Ms. Hill named the selection after her husband, Julian. He disliked the pinks and reds of the azaleas she was experimenting with at the time. He liked big white flowers, and Ms. Hill said, “This is the biggest white flower I have.” The flower is frequently 18 inches in diameter!