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The Arboretum offers some of the best fall color in the region, including the Japanese maples in the Woodland Garden and the shagbark hickories on Azalea Way. Another must-see for aficionados of autumnal hues is the fiery-leafed Korean maple (Acer pseudosieboldianum ssp. takesimense) on the lower Lookout Trail.

The tree is a rare endemic from the volcanic island of Ulleungdo, about 75 miles east of the Korean Peninsula. Seed for the Arboretum’s two specimens were collected there in 1982 by then plant curator Joe Witt, for whom our iconic Winter Garden is named. Read about the species and Joe’s trip to find it in the latest Arboretum Bulletin.

Photo: Fall color on the Korean maple along the lower Lookout Trail, just south of the Woodland Garden.