January 2010 Scavenger Hunt

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No matter the season, there are always beautiful plants to admire.

This month’s puzzler is a scavenger hunt of lovely winter trees, shrubs, and plants in and around Colonial Williamsburg. Make your own walking tour with our Google map, which offers directions to and geographic coordinates for each site. Read on to find out how to win your free prize!

  • Compton Oak (Quercus comptoniae) is a cross between a live oak and an overcup. Located behind the Market Courthouse in Colonial Williamsburg, this oak is an unusual natural hybrid and a National Champion Compton Oak.
  • American Hazelnut (Corylus americana)
  • Winterberry Holly Tree (Ilex verticillata)
  • Fragrant Wintersweet Tree (Chimonanthus praecox)
  • The Winter King Hawthorn Tree (Crataegus viridis)
  • Harry Lauder’s Walkingstick (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’) is a fairly large specimen of its kind. Covered in catkins, it’s a beautiful find this time of year. Please be advised that this plant is on private property. You may look from the road, but don’t trespass.

Be among the first five to send us a photo of this very Harry Lauder’s Walkingstick, and you’ll win a free Hertzler & George ball cap!

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