Oregon grape holly, an upright evergreen shrub, is native to the area from British Colombia south to northern California and not a true holly but more closely related to barberries. The stems are rarely branched and arise directly from underground, running stems. The leaves are pinnate or feather-li..
Acacia confusa is a perennial tree native to South-East Asia. Some common names for it are Acacia Petit Feuille, Small Philippine Acacia, Formosa Acacia Taiwan Acacia and Formosan Koa.It grows to a height of 15m. The tree has become very common in many tropical Pacific areas, including Hawaii.Its us..
Very rapid spreading, very tall perennial native to China and Japan.Plume-poppy is cultivated as a garden plant, and readily persists in waste areas and around houses. Its plumes of white flowers bloom in July and August, atop clusters of large, dull green, deeply lobed leaves. The handsome, deeply-..
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..
This rapid growing, evergreen shrub reaches 10 to 15 feet tall and about as wide - more upright when young - spreading out with age. Narrow bronzy-green 4 inch long leaves turn purple with cooler weather. Tolerates some shade but color is better if grown in full sun. Tiny green flowers in clusters m..
Tatarian dogwood is broad, bushy shrub with upright to arching branches. This native of northern China, Siberia and Korea is very hardy in the northern part of its range but may suffer from leaf scorch in its southernmost range if planted in full sun. Its most ornamental characteristic is its red-gr..
Lusciously clad in rich green compound leaves, red elderberry forms fluffy ivory flower spikes in spring followed by bright red berries in summertime. A deciduous small tree native across much of the northern half of North America, it suckers from its roots to form a thicket, and is dispersed by bir..
Red maple is a tall, deciduous tree that is native to south-eastern North America.Widely planted, it has a rounded canopy and is best known for its spectacular fall color that ranges from bright crimson to shades of yellow, orange and red. In winter, its stark gray fissured bark looks nice against s..
So why would gardeners grow such a deadly poisonous plant as a garden ornamental? Showy forms of castor bean are bold, brightly colored and thrive in high heat and drought. In tropical regions castor bean grows as a tall evergreen subshrub, but in temperate zones it is commonly grown as an annual/te..
Cornus sericea, commonly known as red twig dogwood or red osier dogwood, is an upright-spreading, suckering shrub. With the exception of the lower midwest and deep South, this species is native to much of North America where it is typically found growing in wet swampy areas, wetland margins or along..
River birch is a handsome, often multi-stemmed, fast growing tree that is native to the central and southeastern United States. Its most notable ornamental feature is its beautiful peeling bark that appears in mixed shades on white, rust-orange, gray and brown. Like other birches, it has elongated c..
River Sheoak is a highly successful, tall, narrow evergreen tree that will grow on many various sites, as long as waterlogging is not constant. It will survive on heavy clay soils or sands . Typically it grows to between 15-20m tall, is up to 6m wide and forms a strong, buttressed trunk. The root sy..