(Flame-of-the-forest, Parrot Tree)
Easily misidentified as a coral tree (Erythrina spp.) because of its pointed, beak-like flowers, the flame-of-the-forest lacks thorns on its branches and bears fuzzy black and vermilion-orange flowers. Native to the humid, lowland forests of India and Sri Lanka, it may fail to flower or partially die back if winter conditions become too cold, dry, or wet. Flame-of-the-forest almost always attains an upright, tattered, crooked habit that's intriguing when limbs are devoid of leaves in winter,...
(Climbing Palas, Flame-of-the-forest)
Three-parted leaves and showy orange-red flowers that look like bird beaks are the two chief ornamental highlights of the climbing palas. This woody vine (liana) is native to the forests of Southeast Asia, from eastern India and southern China into Thailand, Laos and southern Burma. It quickly colonizes sunny, open areas clambering across the ground or growing upward on the trunks of trees. Climbing palas grows from a plump, yam-like root that is yellow and contains mild toxins, often used in traditional...
(Pindo Palm, South American Jelly Palm)
Pindo palm is an evergreen single-trunked palm with blue-green to gray-green fronds that beautifully arch downward. Native to the seasonally wet/dry regions of southeastern Brazil and adjacent Uruguay and northern Argentina, it is the most cold-hardy feather-leaf (pinnate) palm. The thin leaflets of each frond are held at an angle, making it have a V-shape in cross-section. The lower part of the frond stem, called a rachis, has small teeth. Summertime flowers are yellow, borne on short but many-branched...
James H. Schutte
(Boxwood, Chicagoland Green® Boxwood)
An exceptionally cold-hardy hybrid boxwood that does well in the Upper Midwest United States as well as in other regions with harsh climates, 'Glencoe' is a dense compact evergreen shrub that eventually forms a mound twice as broad as high. The small rounded paired leaves emerge soft green and deepen to dark glossy green. They may take on a burgundy tinge in winter. Bees visit the non-showy fragrant spring flowers.
This shrub prefers moist, well drained soil and some winter protection from wind...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
Slow growing and tender, Harland's boxwood is a rounded, broadleaf evergreen shrub native to southern China. It attains a broad vase-shaped form when mature. In American nurseries there are many plants sold as Buxus harlandii , which are actually Japanese boxwood (Buxus microphylla var. japonica).
Harland’s boxwood is larger than most classic boxwoods. It has small somewhat elongated oval leaves that are rich green, glossy and notched at the apex. These densely cover...
(Boxwood, Littleleaf Boxwood)
Littleleaf boxwood is a dense, rounded broadleaf evergreen shrub known for its tolerance to pruning, making it great plant for hedges and topiary. It has small, oval, deep green foliage which turns yellow or brownish (bronze) in winter. The tiny fragrant flowers are often visited by bees.
Cultivated in Asia since the 1400s, littleleaf boxwood is no longer found in the wild and is today considered of a manmade garden origin. Very adapted to heat and humidity, it grows best in partial sun and well-drained...
James H. Schutte
(Faulkner Littleleaf Boxwood, Littleleaf Boxwood)
Faulkner or Littleleaf boxwood is a slow growing, upright broadleaf evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green foliage turning somewhat bronze in the winter. Bees are attracted by its non-showy fragrant spring flowers. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, this shrub grows well in sun and heavy shade. Its dense, slow growing habit requires little to no pruning and is best used in mixed borders, as a hedge or in a formal garden setting.
Mark A. Miller
(Franklin's Gem Boxwood, Littleleaf Boxwood)
Franklin's Gem littleleaf boxwood is a dwarf, rounded broadleaf evergreen shrub with glossy, green foliage turning olive green in the winter. Bees are attracted by its non-showy but fragrant spring flowers. It is a slow growing selection.
Tolerant of a wide range of soils, this shrub grows well in sun and shade. 'Franklin's Gem' will have finest growth in a moist, mulched soil with some shade from the hottest summer afternoon sun. Its dense, slow growing habit requires little to no pruning and...
Pride of Place Plants, Inc.
(Boxwood, Golden Triumph Boxwood, Littleleaf Boxwood)
Golden Triumph boxwood is a slow growing, upright broadleaf evergreen shrub with glossy, yellow-edged, green foliage turning somewhat bronze in the winter. Bees are attracted by its non-showy fragrant spring flowers.
Tolerant of a wide range of soils, cultivar 'Golden Triumph' grows well in sun or shade. Mulch around its roots to conserve moisture and keep soil cool in summer. Its dense, slow growing habit requires little to no pruning and is best used in mixed borders, as a hedge or in a formal...
(John Baldwin Boxwood, Littleleaf Boxwood)
John Baldwin boxwood is a dense, upright yet rounded broadleaf evergreen shrub that can be easily pruned for use as a medium-sized hedge or topiary. The glossy foliage emerges soft green and matures to deep green with a bluish cast. It is not attractive to deer for grazing, but its tiny fragrant flowers are often visited by bees.
Very adapted to heat and humidity, 'John Baldwin' grows best in partial sun and well-drained soils and benefits from mulching to keep its roots cool and moist. With...