Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Fernleaf Jacaranda, Jacaranda)
Frilly and lacy foliage casts light shade and pastel lavender flowers appear in spring on the fernleaf jacaranda. Flower clusters often bloom before the leaves have fully emerged, which gives the flowers center stage. This species is native to the highland forests of North and Central South America, from Venezuela to Bolivia. It's a semi-evergreen to fully deciduous tropical tree that develops an open, irregular, somewhat domed canopy when mature.
Ferny foliage of medium green cover the branches...
Primrose jasmine is an evergreen, rambling shrub that typically grows in a large mound. Originally from China, primrose jasmine has been long used in warm landscapes. The square stems are arching and cascade like a fountain. The leaves are bright green, lance to oblong-shaped and held in groups of pointed leaflets. The semi-double, primrose yellow flowers are trumpet to funnel-shaped, fragrant and most abundant in spring, though flowering occurs sporadically into summer.
Plant primrose jasmine...
James H. Schutte
(Dwarf Jasmine, Parker Jasmine)
Chances are you'd never guess this sprawling to mounding plant was a jasmine. Perhaps you'd think it was a late-blooming, prostrate forsythia! The dwarf or Parker jasmine is an evergreen shrub native to India. It's small leaves are trifoliate, comprising three oval leaflets. In springtime, a profusion of scentless yellow flowers cover the plant. Each flower is five petaled.
Grow the dwarf jasmine in full to partial sun in any soil that's well-drained and has fertility. It performs very nicely...
James H. Schutte
Prized for its delightfully fragrant flowers, pink jasmine is a fast-growing evergreen vine native to China. It is a popular landscape or houseplant, and the aromatic oil of its flowers is extracted for perfume.
The long, twining stems of this ornamental are woody, angular and clothed with lush, green, feathery compound leaves. These are typically evergreen but may be semi-evergreen in cooler climates. Flowering is heaviest from late winter to spring but can occur sporadically throughout the...
Forest & Kim Starr
Arabian jasmine has been cultivated since ancient times for its intensely fragrant, white flowers. Widespread in distribution, the species is thought to have originated in southern Asia and was probably brought by traders to the Middle East and other areas. Its blossoms are used in China to make jasmine tea, for fragrant leis in Hawaii and the Philippines, and in the manufacture of perfume. It is the national flower of both Indonesia and the Philippines.
The stems of this shrubby, evergreen,...
(Arabian Jasmine, Grand Duke of Tuscany Jasmine)
Arabian jasmine has been cultivated since ancient times for its intensely fragrant, white flowers. Widespread in distribution, this shrubby, evergreen climber is thought to have originated in southern Asia, and was probably brought by traders to the Middle East and other areas. Its blossoms are used in China to make jasmine tea, for fragrant leis in Hawaii and the Philippines, and in the manufacture of perfume. It is the national flower of both Indonesia and the Philippines.
James H. Schutte
Jatropha comprises approximately 175 shrubs, trees, and herbaceous perennials, most native to tropical South America. They typically have small, brightly colored flowers, evergreen foliage, and succulent, latex producing stems.
Handsome leaves, often with finger-like lobes, are arranged alternately on the stem. Red, yellow, purple, or white flowers occur singly or in flat-topped clusters near or at the ends of branches. Plants bear both male and female flowers. The fruit is a capsule,...
A fine hardwood tree, butternut is most revered for its fall crops of nuts with oil-rich, edible nutmeats that have a buttery texture and sweet flavor. It also has fine wood, which is hard, slow to rot and valued for furniture making and wood carving. This medium-sized deciduous tree is native to the northeastern quarter of the United States and the far southeastern section of Canada. It develops a broad crown comprised of upright, somewhat sparse branches and is slow growing.
Its compound foliage...