James H. Schutte
Easy to grow, this shrubby evergreen from the Canary Islands is prized for its handsome succulent foliage. It bears rosettes of fleshy light green spade-shaped leaves at the tips of branching knee-high stems, with new growth appearing in late fall and early winter. The leaves often have red-tinted margins. Where stems contact soil they will root, developing ever larger mounds with time. In spring, each rosette puts forth a large, single flower stalk topped with creamy yellow blossoms. The rosette...
(Aeonium, Saucer Plant)
Imagine a plant that looks like it was squashed to the ground as if stepped on by an elephant. That's saucer plant. This strange low-growing tender perennial forms a flat, rounded rosette of succulent foliage. It is native to the coastal cliffs of Tenerife in the Canary Islands and is well-adapted to salt spray and high winds. Each rosette survives as a biennial or short-lived perennial, reproducing by seed or small pups that sprout from the base of the mother plant.
Spoon-shaped, bright green...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
Beautiful and fragrant white flowers, decorative nuts, and glossy leaves make the California buckeye one of the more interesting and pretty buckeyes for the garden. Native to the canyon hills and ranges of central California, this dry-season deciduous large shrub also boasts smooth silver-gray bark that arguably makes the plant look more stunning when no leaves are present.
The warmth of spring finds the new, light green foliage emerging, with hand-like (palmate) leaves with five to seven leaflets...
Yellow buckeye boasts pretty yellow and pink flowers, attractive fruit and nuts, and glossy, hand-like foliage that turns yellow and orange in fall. This tall deciduous tree is native to deep, rich, moist soils of the east central United States. Its bark is relatively smooth, with platy splotches of tan among drifts of light gray.
The leaves are palmate (hand-shaped) with five to seven lobes of glossy, dark green, long oval leaflets. On the tip branches in late spring are found clusters of rosy,...
Lobed, hand-like leaves and reddish-brown nuts distinguish the Ohio buckeye tree. This broad and round-canopied deciduous tree is native to low, moist soils of the east central United States. Its bark is gray and corky and wart-like when young, and fissured with age. It is among the first of the trees to leaf-out in early spring
The leaves are palmate (hand-shaped) with five to seven elongated lobes of bright green that deepens to dark green. On the tip branches in late spring are found clusters...
(Common Horsechestnut, Horsechestnut)
Horsechestnut is a tall, rounded, deciduous tree native to southeastern Europe. In spring, it bears showy conical clusters of large white flowers with yellow or pink markings. It later produces spiny fruits that contain inedible brown horse chestnuts. The large palmate (hand-like) leaves cast dense shade.
This sun-loving tree does well in moist, well drained soil, and tolerates salt and pollution. It makes an excellent shade tree, but beware of its falling nuts!.
Mark A. Miller
(Baumann's Horsechestnut, Common Horsechestnut)
Long prized for its showy conical clusters of large white flowers with pink or yellow blotches, horse chestnut is a tall, deciduous, spring-blooming tree native to southeastern Europe. The cultivar 'Baumannii' produces exceptionally long-lasting, double, creamy-white flowers that age to blush-pink. It bears little or no fruit. The large palmate (hand-like) leaves cast dense shade.
This sun-loving tree does well in moist, well drained soil, and tolerates salt and pollution. Baumann's horse chestnut...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
Wavy-edged glossy green leaves, amazingly pretty pink and white flowers and orange-red fall foliage make Indian horse chestnut the rare plant collector's dream. A medium-sized, deciduous tree from the northwestern parts of the Himalayan Mountains, it is not adapted to high heat and humidity. The dark green, palmate (hand-like) leaves have seven leaflets, infrequently five or nine, each with wavy edges. New foliage in spring is bronze. By late spring, the branch tips develop very showy upright clustered...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(East African Yellowwood, Fern Pine)
The graceful form of fern pine is accented by the linear, bluish green leaves that project from the branches much like the leaves of a lily. This tall, tender evergreen tree is native to higher elevations of subtropical eastern Africa. Unlike other conifers such as junipers, that have scale-like needles, fern pine leaves are smooth, flat and narrow, arranged spirally around gently pendent branches. Plants are dioecious, being either male or female. Male plants produce small, tan, finger-like cones...