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Category: Shrub (7 Entries)

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Needle Palm (Rhapidophyllum Hystrix)

Categorized as: Palm,Shrub,Tree

April 28, 2010 | 8168 Views | 0 Comments

Needle Palm The needle palm is generally considered to be the most cold-hardy palm available for the landscape. It is a slow-growing palm with a shrub-like form, and it usually does not form a large trunk. It is native to the coastal southeastern United States, from Mississippi to North and South Carolina.
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Rhapidophyllum
Species: Hystrix
Cultivar: None Identified

Dwarf Palmetto, Bluestem Palmetto, Blue Palm (Sabal Minor)

Categorized as: Palm,Shrub,Tree

April 28, 2010 | 18203 Views | 0 Comments

Dwarf Palmetto, Bluestem Palmetto, Blue Palm Sabal minor, or the dwarf palmetto, is considered to be one of the hardiest palms available. It grows primarily in the southeastern United States, and its natural habitat extends west to Texas and Oklahoma. Over time, Sabal Minor form a clump about 5-6 feet in height. It grows from a single trunk, which most often grows underground. The presence of a short above-ground trunk may indicate that the plant is actually another palm, perhaps another closely-related species.
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Sabal
Species: Minor
Cultivar: None Identified

Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum)

Categorized as: Shrub,Tree

April 26, 2010 | 5752 Views | 0 Comments

Japanese Maple Maple trees include a broad spectrum of types, sizes, shapes and foliage. They are evergreen or deciduous, shrubby or lofty, with deeply lobed or finely cut leaves. All types have two-winged seeds that look like wing nuts from the hardware store. Grown over most of the United States. Only excessive heat, dryness or winter cold prevents them from thriving. The large trees provide dense shade, and their roots take water and nutrients from other plants, so do not plant close to them. Water deeply so roots grow down. Insufficient watering will cause leaf scorch. Red, purple, variegated or fancy-leaved varieties need partial shade for best color. Prune in fall. Easy to transplant.
Family: Aceraceae
Genus: Acer
Species: Palmatum
Cultivar: None Identified

White Bird of Paradise, Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai)

Categorized as: Flower,Shrub,Tree

April 25, 2010 | 35397 Views | 1 Comments

White Bird of Paradise A crown of banana-like leaves atop a palm tree trunk, combined with huge, uniquely beautiful flowers, is deserving of the name, "Bird of Paradise tree." Related to the bird of paradise flower (Strelitzia regina ), this close cousin is a much larger plant forming huge clumps of stems to 30 feet in comparison to S. regina's 3 to 4 feet height.

The 6 - 8' leaves are grey-green and arranged in fans atop the trunks. Plants form clumps of several variably-sized trunks that may grow to 18' in width under optimal conditions. The inflorescence are composed of a dark blue bract, white sepals and bluish-purple "tongue". The entire "bird" can be as large as 7" high by 18" long and is typically held just above the point where the leaf fan emerges from the trunk. Flowers are followed by triangular seed capsules.

The foliage on this plant will typically die back in areas with a hard frost, though the plant itself can be kept alive as far as zone 8a with a good mulch. With additional protection, you may be able to grow it in the ground even further north. Any time it dies back to the ground however, the plant basically has to restart its growth - so flowering is very unlikely this way. Only mature plants typically flower, so you must pot the plant up if you live above zone 9-10.
Family: Strelitziaceae
Genus: Strelitzia
Species: Nicolai
Cultivar: None Identified

Golden Euonymus (Euonymus Fortunei)

Categorized as: Shrub

April 25, 2010 | 28544 Views | 0 Comments

Golden Euonymus In temperate climates, these deciduous or evergreen shrubs, small trees, ground covers or evergreen climbing vines are valued for their foliage and form. Use larger types as landscape plants, and prune to shape and control growth. Fruits are colorful, with pink, red, orange or yellow hulls. Their orange seeds attract birds. Flowers are inconspicuous. All grow in most soils. Some evergreens tolerate city and coastal conditions and are hardy in cold and hot climates. Water moderately until established. Prune to shape at any time.
Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Euonymus
Species: Fortunei
Cultivar: Aureo-marginata

Fatsia, Paperplant, Japanese Aralia (Fatsia Japonica)

Categorized as: Shrub

April 25, 2010 | 13376 Views | 0 Comments

Fatsia Fatsia has huge, up to 12 in wide leaves that are deeply lobed and slightly serrated. Petioles, or leaf stems, are quite long, and hold the leaves up and out with the plant growing to heights of about 8 ft and about half as wide. The upright stems are covered with prominent leaf scars and mostly un-branched. The weight of the leaves tends to make the plant list to one side or another. Flowering season is fall, but plants must be mature to bloom. Flowers are white, held on a white stalk in small terminal clusters and followed by small, fleshy black fruit. Neither adds much to landscape appearance, and may be almost overlooked. This plant is mainly grown for its outstandingly attractive foliage.
Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Fatsia
Species: Japonica
Cultivar: None Identified

Star Anise Tree, Japanese Anise Tree (Illicium Anisatum)

Categorized as: Shrub,Tree

April 25, 2010 | 11749 Views | 0 Comments

Japanese Anise Tree The Japanese Anise Tree is a large evergreen shrub or small tree, 6-15 feet high. It is dense, somewhat pyramidal in growth habit, more formal in appearance than other species. Flowers are unscented, greenish-yellow, 1 inch wide, up to 30 petals, blooming early to mid spring. Fruit is 1 inch across, star-shaped. It's native to both China and Japan.
Family: Illiciaceae
Genus: Illicium
Species: Anisatum
Cultivar: None Identified