Gerald L. Klingaman
(Tree Aeonium, Zwartkop Aeonium)
A wonderful plant for color and textural interest, Zwartkop tree aeonium is a heat- and drought-tolerant succulent that originates from Morocco. The words "zwartkop" or "schwarzkopf" mean "black rose or head," referring to the dark leaf clusters. Its branched stems are upright, each bearing a tight rosette of spoon-shaped near-black leaves. A leaf is rich in very dark red pigments, making it look black from a distance. In the spring, each mature rosette develops an upright stalk that reaches above...
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...
Gerald L. Klingaman
What a fantastic large shrub for the landscape! Bottlebrush buckeye is a broad, deciduous, suckering shrub with large palmate leaves with five to seven leaflets. In midsummer this native of the southeastern United States bears many upright, cone-shaped panicles of spidery white flowers, which are very showy. These are followed by hard, smooth husks that contain small, brown inedible nuts.
Bottlebrush buckeye grows well in full sun to part shade and is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and...