A magnificent, large fir. Mature trees display many, highly attractive, violet-black cones in the upper portion of the crown. It is native to the mountains of Sichuan, China, including the famous Emei Shan where it forms large stands primarily between 2500 and 3000 m (8200 and 10000 ft.) and higher in a cold and wet climate. Its wood is of good qua..
Break the dreariness of winter with the fragrant flowers that don the wintersweet. Native to the woodlands in China, this slow-growing shrub with an upright but broad shape can begin to look a bit leggy and unkempt with old age.Depending on climate, the bare branches reveal many bowl-shaped flowers that face downward, appearing anytime from midwint..
Fraser fir is a fragrant evergreen tree native to the Appalachian Mountains of the southeastern United States, from Virginia down to Georgia. Native populations grow at both high and low elevations along the mountainside. They exist in nearly pure stands at high elevations but are mixed with other conifers and hard woods at mid to lower elevations...
Pieris japonica is an evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit. Its dark green leathery leaves are ovate with shallowly serrulate margins, up to 9cm long and 2cm broad. In spring the new leaves appear in whorls at the end of each shoot and are reddish in colour. Its white fragrant flowers are bell shaped, up to 1cm long, arranged in racemes..
This handsome but under-utilized pine from eastern Asia slowly forms a dense, somewhat conical, medium-sized tree.The long, rather stout, dark-green to blue-green needles of this hardy evergreen conifer occur in bundles of five on fuzzy reddish-brown branchlets. In spring, trees produce tiny male and larger female cones near the branch tips. The er..
Juniperus macrocarpa is a species of juniper, native across the northern Mediterranean region from southwestern Spain east to western Turkey and Cyprus, growing on coastal sand dunes from sea level up to 75 m altitude.It is a spreading shrub 2–5 m tall, rarely a small tree up to 14 m tall. The leaves are broad lanceolate, produced in whorls of thre..
The common Medlar (Mespilus germanica) is a slow growing, large deciduous shrub or small tree growing up to 26 feet (8 m) tall. The leaves are dark green and 2 to 6 inches (6 to 15 cm) long and 1 to 1.5 inches (3 to 4 cm) wide.The leaves turn a spectacular red in the fall, and the plant has beautiful white flowers in late spring. The fruit is a pom..
Mountain pieris is a compact broadleaf evergreen that is covered with beautiful white upright flower sprays in early and mid-spring. The flower buds of this southeastern United States native are light green and are attractive in and of themselves, providing significant winter interest. Once they open, many small urn-shaped flowers hang downward fro..
The olive tree is a native of the chaparral regions of the Mediterranean where the oil from its fruits have fueled the diets of many great, early civilizations. Unlike most other fruit trees, olives are very long-lived and produce better with age, so ancient groves across countries such as Greece, Italy, Israel and Turkey. Trees as old as 1800 year..
It is a small, slow-growing tree, to 1,5-2,4 m tall and 0.5 m trunk diameter. The foliage forms in flat sprays with scale-like leaves 2-4 mm long. The cones are 15-25 mm long, green ripening brown in about 8 months from pollination, and have 6-12 thick scales arranged in opposite pairs.The common name 'arborvitae' is from Latin, 'tree of life', and..
Many consider this one of the loveliest of all spruces. Oriental spruce is a hardy coniferous evergreen that originates from the temperate regions across Asia Minor. It has a neat pyramidal habit and reaches a moderate to large size when mature, though it is quite slow growing. It has short, glossy, dark green needles that are four-angled and dense..
Commonly called parlor palm or neanthe bella palm, is a small, compact, usually single-trunked palm that is native to rainforests from southeastern Mexico to northern Guatemala. Where winter hardy, it will rise to 1,80 m tall in shady areas of the landscape. As a houseplant, this palm usually grows to 1,20 m tall and is particularly noted for its d..
An elegant, tough, and shade-tolerant broadleaf evergreen, this Northeast Asian native is often associated with Japanese gardens. It forms a dense, compact, rounded shape when young, but matures into an upright multi-trunked large shrub with handsome gray bark.Whorls of glossy elliptic leaves cover cleyera all year around. Bronze to red when young,..
Exquisite stems of 'shooting stars' in spring. Also known as 'American Cowslips' and 'Shooting Stars' because of their dynamic looking flowers. Forming attractive rosettes of foliage, above which these decorative 'shuttlecocks' are borne.From the World Botanics range. Shooting Star is a western native wildflower. Prefers a moist to wet site and neu..
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..