(Taylor's Perfection Camellia, William's Camellia)
The camellia 'Taylor's Perfection' produces large, semi-double, light-pink flowers from early winter into spring. This large, rounded, broadleaf evergreen shrub has upright, gray-barked branches and oval, glossy, medium-green leaves. It is one of many named selections of Camellia × williamsii, the hybrid between Camellia japonica and Camellia saluenensis. The first Camellia × williamsii cultivars were developed by J. C. Williams of Caerhays Castle...
(California Lilac, Joyce Coulter Wild Lilac, Wild Lilac)
Intense cobalt blue color and evergreen compact form make this shrub one of the finest varieties of California lilac for gardens. ‘Concha’ may indeed be the most heavily flowered hybrids. It was discovered among seedlings of coastal Santa Barbara lilac, Ceanothus impressus crossed with Ceanothus papillosus var. roweanus. Wider than it is tall, this low branching shrub produces small dark glossy green leaves with a unique wrinkled surface.
‘Concha’ blooms heavily mid to late...
Forest & Kim Starr
The genus Cerbera comprises some six species of small broadleaf evergreen trees from tropical forests and coastlines of Southeast Asia and the western Pacific. Most frequently grown is Cerbera manghas, a denizen of ocean shores from the Seychelles to southernmost Japan.
These frost-tender trees have oval, glossy dark green leaves which are typically arranged in crowded whorls. Damaged leaves or stems exude a white latex-like sap. Fragrant white flowers are borne in clusters...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Beach Milkweed, Pong-pong, Sea-mango)
Beach milkweed is a small, frost-tender tree grown for its sweetly fragrant white flowers and handsome evergreen foliage. It is native to ocean and tidal river shores from Southeast Asia to the western Pacific. The sap from this plant is highly toxic and traditionally used by native peoples as arrow poison.
The narrowly oval, glossy dark green leaves of this coastal tree spiral in clusters at the branch tips. Damaged leaves and stems exude a viscous white sap that should be avoided as it is...
(Jessamine, Newell's Red Jessamine)
Thought to be a hybrid between Cestrum fasciculatum and Cestrum elegans, this large tender evergreen shrub bears spectacular clusters of dazzling red blooms all along its arching branches. The tubular flowers continue in abundance throughout most of summer and fall, attracting hummingbirds. Flowering may continue through winter in mild climates. Red-purple berries follow the flowers. The downy, narrowly oval leaves are medium to dark green.
Plant this showy shrub in any well-drained...
Leatherleaf is often the first woody shrub to colonize a bog once sphagnum peat is established. A broadleaf evergreen native to continents around the North Pole, it grows in cool wetlands, bogs and on pond edges in thickets. It spreads by underground swollen stems called rhizomes. In North America it's found across all of Canada and Alaska southward into the northern United States.
The foliage is leathery and tough and often is held upward on the many twiggy branches. The upper leaf side is...
(Camphortree, Hardy Cinnamon Tree)
While the most famous cinnamon and camphor trees are best suited to subtropical and tropical climes, the hardy cinnamon is a species perfect for warm temperate climates, too. A broadleaf evergreen tree, it's native to China. As it ages, it develops a dense canopy of foliage on an upright pyramidal frame.
Hardy cinnamon's leaves are elongated, pointy ovals with three obvious parallel veins. As new leaves emerge in spring, they blush a rich rosy copper color with lighter green veins. These highly...
(Canela, Cinnamon Plant)
A cold-tender broadleaf evergreen tree with a rounded crown, canela is native to Taiwan. Its large oval leathery leaves are glossy medium green and have three obvious veins. Bruised leaves exude a faint scent of cinnamon. In late winter the branches display clusters of many small light yellow flowers. After pollination by insects, small, pea-sized green fruits appear and mature to chocolate brown.
Grow this smal tree in the landscape in frost-free locations, or as a houseplant in colder climes....
(Common Gum Rockrose, Frank Birch Rockrose)
A relatively large rockrose that is also notable for its aromatic foliage and palm-sized white flowers, Cistus ladanifer is native to Southwest Europe and Northwest Africa. The flowers of the cultivar 'Frank Birch' lack the purple basal blotches typical of the species. The crinkled, five-petaled blooms appear in late spring and early summer, and sporadically at other seasons. A ruff of yellow stamens adorns each flower's center. The lance-shaped, fragrant, sticky leaves are dark green above...