(Italian Cypress, Swane's Golden Italian Cypress)
Swane's Golden Italian cypress is a very narrow, columnar evergreen tree native to western Asia and southern Europe. Its soft-scaled needles are short and wispy and are golden yellow, and help hide the small oval cones. The look of the needled branches is somewhat billowy along the tall vertical shape of the tree.
Grow golden Italian cypress in full sun in average to dry soil with good drainage. Although it grows in several warm temperate climates, it will be troublesome to maintain in regions...
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(Angled Blue Sago, Cycad, Marlborough Blue Sago)
The Marlborough blue sago is a slow-growing cycad that towers upward, looking like some type of date palm. This evergreen plant is cone-bearing and closely related to conifers. It is native to Australia, mainly around the Gulf of Carpentaria. This species is often considered the largest growing of all Cycas species.
Marlborough blue sago has long arching leaves (fronds) that are dark glossy gray-green and feathery. They are densely clustered - numbering up to 40 - at the tip of a...
(Australian Cycas, Mount Surprise Cycad, Mount Surprise Sago)
Feathery, steel-blue leaves make the rare Mount Surprise cycad a plant lover's dream. Native to northeastern Queensland, Australia, where it is endangered, this cone-bearing evergreen grows slowly with a short stem (caudex) that looks like a trunk. Cycads are primitive, non-flowering plants closely related to conifers.
New fronds emerge from the tip of the caudex in late spring. When they first emerge, they are soft and pale blue, but as they age their texture becomes pliable and plastic-like...
(King Sago, Sago Palm)
Sago palm is not a true palm but a cycad. This cone-bearing, clump-forming evergreen is a southern Japanese native and develops a tree-like appearance over time. Its long leaves are dark, glossy green and feathery in appearance but stiff and prickly to the touch. They are densely clustered and radiate from a central point at the top of the woody trunk-like stems.
Cycads are dioecious, meaning plants bear either male or female cone flowering structures. Male plants produce fuzzy, gold-brown...
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(Cycad, Queen Sago, Seemann's Sago)
Seemann's sago grows naturally near the coasts on southwestern Pacific islands, mimicking the look of short palm trees. Because of agriculture, this cycad is becoming less uncommon on islands such as Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji. Its long leaves (fronds) are deep glossy green and feathery with individual narrow leaflets that are held out in a 180-degree plane. Fronds radiate from a central point at the top of a woody trunk-like stem. Newly emerging fronds are soft and flexible, and shed orange-tan fuzz...
(Bambooleaf Oak, Chinese Evergreen Oak, Jade Oak)
Handsome and relatively unknown for use as an urban street and shade tree, bambooleaf oak has leaves that look more like those of a tropical fig (Ficus) rather than a very close relative of true oaks (Quercus). This is a broadleaf evergreen tree native to the highland valleys of China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. Its smooth tan bark covers the trunk that supports the rounded to eventually spreading canopy of foliage.
The newly emerging leaves are a light coppery...
Long cultivated for its fragrant, tasty fruit, this small, slow-growing deciduous tree from western and central Asia is also notable for its lovely spring flowers and its picturesque multi-trunked habit.
The simple oblong-oval leaves flush light green in spring, soon followed by large, five-petaled, white or pale pink blossoms that are visited by bees. The leaves mature to dull medium green with fuzzy, paler undersides. The pear-shaped to apple-shaped, fuzzy-skinned fruits ripen by early autumn,...
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A small, slow-growing deciduous tree from western and central Asia, quince has long been cultivated for its tasty fruits, its lovely spring flowers, and its picturesque multi-trunked habit. The cultivar 'Smyrna' bears large, white-fleshed, pear-shaped fruits.
The simple oblong-oval leaves flush light green in spring, soon followed by large, five-petaled, white or pale pink blossoms that are visited by bees. The leaves mature to dull medium green with fuzzy, paler undersides. The fuzzy-skinned...
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(Buckhorn Cholla, Colorado Desert Cholla, Thornber Cholla )
This large branching succulent is among the most ferociously spined of all cacti. It is native to the far west including California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah, with its range extending well into Mexico. Highly variable, there are four different forms of the species which are micro-adaptations to these four states and their unique climatic conditions. This cholla can be found in the true desert environment, but it also inhabits some grassland and chaparral plant communities as well.