Many elements of the vast Asian flora are represented in the older part of the Garden. An outstanding array of species rhododendrons is featured, as well as many camellias, maples and hydrangeas. The first collections of dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) on the West Coast are grouped along Strawberry Creek. The Japanese Pool has a rich display of fall color with maples (Acer) and dogwoods (Cornus). This Japanese exhibit, waterfall and pool, including the rocks and a lantern, was donated in 1939 from the San Francisco World’s Fair and Exposition. In the spring the flowering of the empress tree (Paulownia glabrata) is spectacular. The Japanese Pool is an important breeding ground for newts (Taricha) native to upper Strawberry Canyon.
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