James H. Schutte
(Atlantic Whitecedar, Heatherbun Atlantic Whitecedar, Whitecedar Falsecypress)
This dwarf selection of white cedar, ‘Heatherbun,’ is a billowy, rounded large shrub with fine-textured dark green needles that blush purpled bronze in winter's cold. It is descended from an evergreen conifer native to the coastal plains of the eastern United States from Maine to Florida and Mississippi. Its reddish, gray-brown bark is well hidden by the dense, prickly tufts of needled foliage. The needles have white bands on the undersides and the youngest needles are blue-green. Both male and female...
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...
Carol Cloud Bailey
The relatively short stature of this popular palm make it ideal for smaller landscapes and interiorscapes. Cat palm originates from southeastern Mexico where it naturally can be found growing in the damp forest understory and along moist stream sides. Plants tend to sucker and eventually form concentrated, dense clumps. Most cat palms are sold as container foliage plants for the houseplant market.
This attractive clump-forming palm produces green, elegantly arching, pinnately compound fronds....
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlor Palm, Table Top Palm)
The elegant parlor palm is a small evergreen palm that’s a favorite for interiorscape as well as tropical and subtropical landscapes. It is native to the rainforests of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, but sadly it’s rare in the wild due to deforestation and over-collecting.
The pinnate fronds of this palm are light to medium green and, or feather-like, with narrow leaflets. They are held upright but gracefully arch downwards. In the warmth of late spring, tiny yellow flowers are borne on a branched...
Like many other Chamaedorea, sangapilla palm is a favorite shade-tolerant palm for indoor container culture as well as tropical landscapes. A native of Peru, this small, clump-forming, evergreen palm naturally exists on the understory of low and mid-level rainforests, so it is adapted to lower light and high heat and humidity.
The dark green leaves of sangapilla palm are forked like a fish tail at their tips. When conditions are favorable, mature specimens produce fragrant orange...
This small rainforest palm is near extinction in the region of southern Mexico where it’s native. It is a very popular interior specimen and or tropical landscape plant. Often known as metallica palm or dwarf fishtail palm, Chamaedorea metallica is a solitary plant with one slender dark green trunk ringed with leaf scars, though it is often planted in clusters.
Its unusual pinnate leaves look like a large, pleated fishtail and have an opalescent, metallic sheen. They are usually grouped...
This bamboo palm originates from the New World tropics, primarily Mexico and Central America. Chamaedorea pochutlensis is found in the Sierra Madre Mountains and northwestern Mexico. It is a clustering species noted for its beautiful form and gracefully arching fronds. This bamboo palm is either grown as a tropical landscape plant or house and interiorscape specimen.
The attractive leaves of this bamboo palm are pinnate, or feather-like, and have an even number of leaflets. They are...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The airy, upright reed palm is a graceful, easy to grow and thrives in low light conditions. It remains short and manageable and forms suckering clumps of palm canes. Native populations exist from southeastern Mexico to Honduras and naturally inhabit the understory of moist, forested areas. It has been introduced to southern Florida where it tends to be found in disturbed forested areas.
Ferny, pinnately compound leaves of rich green crown this graceful palm year round. In summer, mature...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(European Fan Palm, Mediterranean Fan Palm)
European fan palm has large, rounded, palmate leaves that are deeply divided and sit atop long, sharply toothed petioles. Foliage is either green or blue-green on top and has silver-green undersides. Its trunk(s) is clothed in a sheath of fibers and old leaf bases. In summer, these palms bear bright yellow flowers that rise from short stalks among the leaves. These are followed by ovoid brown to yellow fruit.
European fan palm requires well drained soils and can tolerate partial shade, but prefers...