The spiny fruits, palmate foliage and stark appearance of the American sweetgum are all unmistakable. This impressive tall, deciduous tree is native to the central and southeastern United States from New York to Florida and across to Texas. Specimens are also said to grow into Mexico and Central America. Sweetgum is an incredibly adaptable hardwood..
Though native to China, Korea and Japan, autumn olive has become naturalized across all of eastern North America since its initial introduction in 1830. The silvery red berries of this large deciduous shrub are produced in profusion and eaten and spread by birds and other wildlife. Tough and fast-growing, the autumn olive was once favored as a road..
This dense, narrow, medium to tall evergreen tree from the Balkan Peninsula is prized by gardeners for its symmetrical habit and formal bearing. The long, semi-rigid, deep blue-green needles of this pine occur in bundles of five. They densely clothe the short, ascending, closely spaced branches. In spring, trees produce tiny male cones and large cy..
Chinese holly is a large, broadleaf evergreen shrub native to China and Korea. The squarish, dark green, shiny leaves typically bear conspicuous spines at the tips of their five lobes, although some cultivars have fewer or no spines. Female plants have long-lasting large red berries in fall. The flowers appear in early spring and have little orname..
The broad-spreading habit and handsome bark of this medium-sized evergreen recall those of Japanese black pine Pinus thunbergii and Japanese red pine P. densiflora. It is native to mountains and valleys of central and northern China. Medium to long, dark green needles densely clothe the long, horizontal to ascending branches of this pine. The needl..
Dahurian larch is a deciduous conifer that is native to northeastern Siberia. Bright green needles turn yellow in fall before falling to the ground. This is a tree of very cold climates, ranging northward inside the Arctic Circle to tree line. In the wild, it grows to 12-18 m (40-60') tall with a broad conic but open crown and horizontal branching...
Adenium obesum, commonly called desert rose, is a thick-stemmed sparsely-leaved perennial succulent that is native to semi- arid, sub-Saharan regions of eastern and southwestern Africa plus the Arabian peninsula. In the wild, this plant will eventually rise to 2.5 m, but in container will grow much smaller. A unique in the form and beautifully flow..
The Dragon Tree ranks among the most interesting and eye-catching plants.The leathery, sword-shaped leaves are dark green. Grows slowly up to 3 m inside and 6-10 m if grown in hot climate zones.Dragon Tree is insensible against heat and air dryness. For this reason is perfect for central-heated rooms and winter gardens.If growing conditions are too..
Spreading its dark green foliage into low, billowy mounds, the Pumilio Group of mugho pine provides more compact plant selections that are a better fit for garden use. Mugho pine is a dense, broad, bushy, stiff-needled evergreen shrub native to the mountains of southcentral Europe and the Balkan Peninsula that produces cones. It is best known by it..
The deep green towers and pyramids of Eastern Red Cedar are an enduring and widespread presence in abandoned fields and open roadsides all across eastern North America. Appearing in a variety of shapes and sizes, it tends to grow in large colonies, and most commonly forms either a tall, narrow spire or broadly conical tree. It grows slowly to moder..
European mountain ash is a small to medium-sized, rounded, deciduous tree native to Europe, Siberia and western Asia. It has also become naturalized in northern regions of North America--from Newfoundland to Alaska. Many features make it a showy landscape tree all season long, including its feathery, pinnately compound leaves, flat heads of musky-s..
At its showiest, few shrubs are as pretty and effusive as the common smokebush. Its small flowers produce puffy ivory, pink or purple clouds of smoky fruits that persist for a couple of weeks before dissipating. It does not become too large and may be multi-trunked and shrubby or single-trunked and tree-like. Originating from southern Europe to eas..
Due to its robustness and ease of care, the European white elm is ideal for bonsai newcomers. Can be beautifully shaped due to its good cutting tolerance and vigor.Ulmus laevis, variously known as the European white elm, fluttering elm, spreading elm, stately elm and, in the USA, the Russian elm, is a large deciduous tree native to Europe, from Fra..
Common hackberry is a deciduous shade tree native to the eastern United States nad extreme southern Canada. The foliage is reminiscent of the American elm but often suffers from small warty galls. It has purple, pea-sized fruit in the fall and readily self seeds and can become invasive. Fall foliage color is a clear yellow. Mature trees have distin..
An evergreen Tree growing to 30m at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 8 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, and the seeds ripen from October to November. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium..
Pyracantha crenulata or Crataegus Crenulata is a species of Firethorn. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant.The leaves are used to make herbal tea. The wood can be used to make walking sticks.It makes an excellent hedge, grows very quickly and will thrive in most soils. Thousands of beautiful red edible berries remains on for a very long time ti..
Italian cypress is a narrow, columnar evergreen tree native to western Asia and southern Europe. Its dark green to blue-green soft-scaled needles are short and wispy, and help hide the small oval tan cones.Grow Italian cypress in full sun in average to dry soil with good drainage. Although it grows in several warm temperate climates, it will be tro..
Very closely related to pinus parviflora. Some taxonomists have split Pinus parviflora into two separate species: Pinus pentaphylla (which is northern) and Pinus himekomatsu (from the south). Sometimes it can be described as Pinus parviflora var. pentaphylla.This pine originally grows on the Japanese islands. The Pinus pentaphylla is a fully hardy ..
Admired for its beautiful spring blooms, Japanese flowering quince is a spiny, compact to medium-sized, deciduous shrub native to Japan. Profuse clusters of small, salmon or orange, bowl-shaped flowers cover the plant very early in spring, before and after its smooth green leaves emerge. These are followed by gnarled, yellowish, apple-shaped fruits..
Cercis siliquastrum, commonly known as the Judas tree, is a small deciduous tree from Southern Europe and Western Asia which is noted for its prolific display of deep pink flowers in spring.This species forms a small tree up to 12 metres in height and 10 metres in width.The deep pink flowers are produced on year-old or older growth, including the t..
Elegant, flattened, fan-like sprays of foliage clothe the drooping branches of this noble evergreen conifer from the far western United States. In the wild it forms a majestic conical tree with a massive buttressed trunk and thick shredding silver-brown to red-brown bark. In gardens it is mostly known by its numerous cultivars, which come in many s..
This ancient deciduous tree has large crown composed of sparse branches covered with interesting lobed, fan-shaped leaves that are unlike those of any other tree. They turn captivating shades of gold in fall and drop quickly, creating a bright carpet that slowly fades to brown. In the winter, its stark, deeply furrowed, grayish tan bark and knobby ..
Boulders and alpine plants look at home when in the presence of a mugho pine. This species is a dense, bushy, stiff-needled evergreen shrub native to the mountains of south-central Europe. The curved, twisted, dark green needles are paired. Small cones are borne toward the branch tips. Mugho pine is usually represented in gardens by one of the ubiq..
Norway Maple was introduced from Scandinavia in the seventeenth century, and has since enriched Britain’s scenery with its bright spring blossom and rich autumn foliage. The twigs are stout and shiny, generally tinged with red before turning brown. The small winter buds are set oppositely, and are bluntly pointed, with shiny reddish-tinged scales. ..
The large, warty, round fruits of Osage orange are heavy and dangerous when they start thudding to the ground in fall.Deeply fissured, yellowish gray-brown bark covers the broad, strong trunk of this tree and conceals its bright orangish yellow heartwood. When broken the stems emit a strong, acrid smell and milky sap. The new stems of younger trees..
Funky, oddly-shaped, thirst-quenching fruit and beautiful flowers define the pomegranate. This plant, long used by humans, is native to region from Iran to northern India including areas of the Himalayas. It is an evergreen large shrub to small tree. The leaves are held opposite each other on mostly spiny stems and are lance-shaped to oblong. Brill..
Common privet is a spreading, deciduous shrub native to Europe and North Africa. It has narrow, lance-shaped, dark green leaves held on stiff, erect branches. The leaves turn a dull purple in fall. The shrub has many branches arising from ground level. The odiferous flowers are produced midsummer in pyramidal-shaped, branched heads at the ends of t..
This is one of the prettier garden cotoneaster. This sprawling, deciduous shrub has herringbone-like branches that are attractive all season. Chinese in origin, it has small, round, dark green leaves that turn terrific shades of orange and red in fall. While each not individually impressive, it produces hundreds of pinkish-white flowers in late spr..
Often called the most beautiful flowering tree in the world, royal poinciana fills its spreading, handsome branches with feathery foliage and flamboyant scarlet-orange blossoms in late spring and early summer. A semi-deciduous tree native to the island of Madagascar, it is drought and salt-tolerant, making it among the quintessential trees for trop..
It is an upright broadleaf evergreen shrub from China and Japan. It is likened to bamboo in habit and appearance but is actually related to barberry.Popular and widely planted in the south, this clump-forming plant produces open cane-like branches topped with airy compound leaves that are blue-green in color and leathery in texture. Leaves are ofte..