Glossy leaves and red turning deep purple-blue berries in autumn are the attractive features of this buckthorn. A deciduous, hardy large shrub to small tree, it is native to much of Europe, extending into extreme northern Africa and western Asia. This plant has proven invasive in the moist soils acr..
Ornamental tree. The bark is reddish-brown and exfoliating. New twigs are purple-red in color.Betula alnoides is a species of birch that can be found in such countries as Burma, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam on an elevation of 700–2,100 metres.The plant is 30 metres (98 ft) tall ..
A Mediterranean native valued for its exceptional heat- and drought-tolerance, this medium-sized evergreen tree is often planted in California and the Southwest United States. The short, bright green needles of this pine occur in bundles of two. They are rather sparsely borne on short upright branch..
Rhododendron ferrugineum (sometimes called alpenrose, snow-rose, or rusty-leaved alpenrose) is an evergreen shrub that grows just above the tree line in the Alps, Pyrenees, Jura and northern Apennines, on acid soils.It is the type species for the Rhododendron genus. It may grow up to 1 m tall and pr..
The textural quality of this eastern native's stems and foliage is superb. During winter, a circle of the thorn-covered stems is as magical as an outdoor sculpture. Dark blue-green compound leaves offer a tropical effect before turning yellow and purple in autumn. One-foot-wide flower clusters sit a..
American bladdernut is admirable because of its glossy, attractive, three-part leaves and curious-looking fruits. This variably medium to large shrub, rarely a small tree, is naturally found in moist-soil woodlands, especially along stream banks. It's native to southeastern North America, east of th..
A slow-growing, spreading-canopied deciduous tree, American hornbeam is native to southeastern North America from Canada to Mexico. The ridged, gray, smooth bark looks like there are flexed muscles under it, yielding another common name of musclewood. It may also grow with many trunks and attain a f..
The American sycamore is a grand, picturesque tree if well placed in the landscape. This large deciduous tree is naturally distributed across the eastern half of North America, from Maine to Florida, so it is beneficial to grow from local stock. It is a lowland tree that’s adapted to soils that beco..
Pokeberry (Phytolacca Americana) occurs naturally in the fields and woodlands of the eastern United States with rare occurrences west of the Mississippi River. It is a large species of plant, often reaching over 6 feet in height with ovate, textured leaves and a central flower stalk that develops in..
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 Ame..
One of the best small deciduous trees for year-round display, this native of Northeast Asia is prized for its polished, flaking, golden-brown bark, its compact upright habit, and its clustered white early-spring flowers. The toothed, oval, medium-green leaves turn yellow in fall. Small black cherry-..
Arabian or Arabica coffee is a lovely upright evergreen shrub with graceful gray-barked branches, fragrant white flowers and fruits (drupes) that yield some of the best coffee for drinking. Native to Ethiopia but now cultivated in wooded, high-altitude plantations throughout the tropics, Arabica cof..