Bartlett Arboretum is located in borderline zone 7a/6b, in Stamford CT, near the border with NY state. It's a small little gem of a place, which grows some unusual Broad leaf evergreens:
Aucuba himalayica. It has a different 'look' than A. japonica, it's more bamboo-like with narrower leaves.
Nandina domestica. These are really nice specimens, some with fruit
Cornus elliptica/angustata. Evergreen dogwood! There are 2 specimens here, one mature, and the other one about 4ft tall which has been devoured by deer! I have seen the larger tree at the end of winter, and it keeps about half its leaves, which change color to maroon.
Mystery shrub! untouched by deer, it reminds me of Magnolia figo (fuzzy brown buds), but i'm not sure. No label on this one, and it seems to be doing well! i wonder what it is!!!!! any ideas?
Daphniphyllum macropodum. No problem with these ones. About four specimens, all young.
Photinia x fraseri. I'm gonna order these from Ebay come spring. I didn't realize they were hardy.
Dead Araucaria araucana. :-( At least it got to 6ft tall before croaking.
There is a rather large grove of rhododendrons (differnent varieties) with several paths. It is so nice to hike it and see everything lush and green so late into December. The Arboretum also has Magnolia grandiflora, and two young specimens of Quercus fusiformis. I'll be paying attention to see how the live oaks perform.