(Okra, Silver Queen Okra)
The pale creamy yellow-green okra pods of ‘Silver Queen’ remain tender and flavorful even when big. This heirloom is also said to have exceptional flavor, and the interesting color of the fruits really set this American Southern selection apart.
It's hard to believe that okra is in the same family as hollyhocks and hibiscus. The tropical annual vegetable originates from Africa and has large edible pods that are a Southern favorite eaten fried, stewed with tomatoes or used to thicken gumbo.
(European Silver Fir, Silver Fir)
A densely needled ornamental conifer, the European silver fir selection 'Pyramidalis' has deep green needles with a silvery underside. It was found as a sport on a silver fir growing in England in 1851. Native to southern Europe's mountains, from the Pyrennes eastward across the Alps and into the Caucusus, its shape lends it to more ornate uses in park and garden settings than the parent species. The smooth gray bark will eventually crack into plates.
The branches often grow upwards at an angle...
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(Balsam Fir, Dwarf Balsam Fir)
Dwarf balsam fir is a compact evergreen shrub with fragrant balsam-scented foliage. A very slow growing dwarf, 'Nana' offers year-round interest because of its dense deep green needles and rounded silhouette. When it matures, the shrub's top may become more flattened.
Grow the dwarf balsam fir in full sun to partial shade in a slightly acidic well-drained soil. Evenly moist soil that is cooled with an organic mulch is best. Shade from hot, intense mid-afternoon summer sun keeps the needle quality...
Widely adaptable with a striking silvery light blue color, white fir is a pyramidal evergreen tree native to western North America, from southwestern Canada to northern Baja California. This large coniferous tree is admired for its short, soft needles of silvery blue-green and its dense symmetrical habit. The female cones are green when immature, then brown at maturity, usually only found in the upper third of the canopy. Its bark is whitish gray and new twigs have a yellow-green hue and are slightly...
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An upright conifer tree with irregular branching, the bluish silver needles of the Blue Cloak white fir seem to gently droop the branch tips. White fir is a pyramidal, slow-growing evergreen tree native to the western United States and adjacent highlands in southwestern Canada. Its cones are oblong and held upright on mature branches. White has a fine-textured symmetrical growth habit, and 'Blue Cloak' becomes a broad pyramid as it matures.
Grow white fir in full to partial sun and a slightly...
(Candicans White Fir, Silver White Fir, White Fir)
Producing perhaps the bluest needles of all selections of white fir, cultivar 'Candicans' produces needles with an intense silvery blue hue. White fir is a pyramidal evergreen tree native to the western United States. Its cones are oblong and held upright on mature branches. The tree has a fine symmetrical growth habit and is an ideal conifer for year round interest, even making an exquisite choice for a Christmas tree.
White fir tree grows best in full sun, slightly acidic, well-drained soil...
(Dwarf White Fir, White Fir)
Irregular branching and a smaller mature size are hallmarks of the dwarf white fir cultivar 'Compacta'. It produces attractively colored needles that are light seafoam to blue-green. White fir is a pyramidal evergreen tree native to the western United States, but this selection remains more of a shrub to small tree. Its cones are oblong and held upright on mature branches, occurring only after several decades of growth. Always slow growing, 'Compacta' is densely branched and needled. When young its...
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The small-growing white fir cultivar 'Rochester' produces needles that mature to silvery blue but emerge pale chartreuse in spring. White fir is a pyramidal, slow-growing evergreen tree native to the western United States and adjacent highlands in southwestern Canada. Its cones are oblong and held upright on mature branches. White has a fine-textured symmetrical growth habit, even making an exquisite choice for a Christmas tree.
Grow 'Rochester' in full to partial sun and a slightly acidic,...