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When celebrated plant hunter Dan Hinkley was a Masters student at the UW, he lived in the stone cottage at the south end of Washington Park Arboretum. It’s one of the cottage’s claims to fame!

In the latest Arboretum Bulletin, Dan describes a nighttime stroll he took in the park during which he had his first encounter with the unusual Asian tree Tetracentron sinense. The silhouette of the tree’s large, heart-shaped leaves against the moonlit sky made a lasting impression.

Learn about the natural history of this aristocratic tree and where you can find it in the Arboretum.