Forest & Kim Starr
(St. John's Bread)
The carob tree offers deep shade for warm, dry climates. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean where winters are mild and wet and succeeded by a very long, dry season. Adapted to poor, rocky ground that is well drained, it solves a landscaping challenge in the sandy-gravelly soils of desert gardens. This is a medium-sized evergreen tree with dense branching and large, glossy, leathery leaves.
The Carob tree blooms in spring with small flowers that release a pungent scent. They are followed...
(Hornwort, Racoon's Tail)
Coon’s tail is a submersed aquatic plant native to all of North America and now is distributed worldwide. It is a rootless perennial which floats just below the surface of the water. It has long stems which are mostly green, occasional with a touch of red at the nodes. The leaves are attached directly to the stem in a circular arrangement or whorled. Each leaf is thin, linear and forked several times. They are bright green, stiff, brittle and often have barbs or bristles at the base and tips. Small,...
James H. Schutte
(Blue Leadwort, Plumbago)
Blue leadwort is a deciduous perennial from western China. Foliage emerges in late spring, followed by true blue phlox-like flowers summer. In fall the foliage turns a striking bronze-red.
The drought-tolerant perennial blue leadwort will perform best in rich, well-drained soil in full sun. Use it as a groundcover (even under a small tree), an edger, in a mixed border, or a rock garden. Blue leadwort is great for mixing with spring bulbs because its leaves emerge when bulbs are fading. In hot...
(Kuster's Feather Cycad)
Bearing large, glossy, palm-like leaves on arching, spine-free petioles, this low-growing cycad makes an elegant addition to tropical gardens and greenhouses. It is a rare endemic of cloud forests in a small area of the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains in Tamaulipas, Mexico.
The long, feathery, rich-green leaves are spirally arranged atop a short, swollen, trunk-like stem. The numerous, narrow, blade-shaped leaflets are soft and pliant when new, becoming leathery and rigid with age. New leaves...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Regarded as one of the world's most beautiful small shade trees, the katsura tree has uniform heart-shaped leaves, golden orange fall foliage and persistent coppery-tan seedpods that decorate its bare winter branches. A deciduous tree from China and Japan, it generally has a spreading, vase-shaped to oval-canopy and gray-brown bark that exfoliates in vertical bands, adding winter and spring interest.
The heart-shaped leaves first emerge with a bronzy color before turning medium green. The leaf...
Mark A. Miller
(Heronswood Globe Katsura Tree, Katsura Tree)
Regarded as one of the world's most beautiful small ornamental shade trees, the katsura tree has uniform heart-shaped leaves and pinkish apricot to gold fall foliage that releases a faint fragrance akin to burned sugar or caramel as they drop. A deciduous tree from China and Japan, 'Heronswood Globe' develops with a dense and perfectly round silhouette with gray-brown bark that exfoliates in vertical bands, adding winter and early spring garden interest. This cultivar was selected by Dan Hinkley...
(Katsura Tree, Red Fox Katsura Tree)
Regarded as one of the world's most beautiful small ornamental shade trees, the katsura tree has uniform heart-shaped leaves. The German selection 'Red Fox' produces new spring leaves of a burgundy-purple or bronze-red hue that mature to blue-green by early summer. In autumn the leaves turn pinkish apricot to gold and release a faint fragrance akin to burned sugar or caramel as they drop. The gray-brown bark exfoliates in vertical bands, adding winter and early spring garden interest on the upright...
James H. Schutte
(Weeping Katsura Tree)
An elegant and variable form of one of East Asia's most beautiful trees, weeping katsura bears dainty shimmering heart-shaped leaves on cascading, mounded branches.
The leaves of this deciduous tree emerge with a bronzy color before turning medium green. The leaf blades have tiny scalloped edges and are usually held in opposite pairs on the branches. In early spring, before the leaves emerge, tiny flowers appear, with red female flowers and green male flowers borne on separate trees. Fertile...
(Amazing Grace Weeping Katsura Tree, Weeping Katsura Tree)
Introduced into the American nursery trade by Kentucky nurseryman Theodore Klein around 1960, 'Amazing Grace' is a weeping katsura tree that bears dainty, shimmering, heart-shaped leaves on cascading, mounded branches. The selection reportedly originated as a seedling in the nursery of Jess Eliot in Indiana and the cultivar name reportedly coined by Bob Hill of Courier Journal/Hidden Hill Nursery.
The leaves of this deciduous tree emerge with a bronzy color before turning medium green with a...
(Appalachian Red Eastern Redbud, Eastern Redbud)
The only redbud to have flowers with true red and magenta tones, 'Appalachian Red' also carries lvoely heart-like leaves upon an upright yet rounded canopy. This deciduous, small-sized tree originates from eastern and central North America. Prized as both a small specimen or shade tree, this cultivar is usually single-trunked but can readily be trained or purchased in a multi-stemmed form.
Eastern redbud has very distinctive heart-shaped leaves that turn shades of yellow in fall. Those of 'Appalachian...