(Hayward's Hybrid Surprise Lily, Hayward's Spiderlily)
Offering truly unique summer blooms, Hayward's spiderlily produces amaryllis-like flowers of pink with violet-blue petal/tepal tips or streaks. This plant was first discovered in Winter Park, Florida, in a 1948 shipment of Chinese plants addressed to Dr. Wyndham Hayward. The hybrid species was named by Dr. Hamilton Traub in 1957 and is believed to be a cross between Lycoris sprengeri and L. radiata var. pumila. It develops leaves by early winter that die back by early summer....
(He-huckleberry, Male Blueberry, Maleberry)
Maleberry's small white flowers and frosty split dried fruits find this small shrub one of the most ornamental choices for wet sandy soils. This semi-evergreen shrub has a dense, irregular but overall rounded habit and is native to southeastern North American from Quebec southward to Oklahoma and Florida. It grows from heavily branching rhizomes, or underground swollen stems, possibly forming thickets.
Simple, dark green oval leaves with tapered points and hairy undersides fill the shrub from...
(Fetterbush Lyonia, Shiny Lyonia, Stagger Bush)
Honey-scented white to light pink flowers in early spring are easily seen under the upward-angled leaves on the fetterbush lyonia. A broadleaf evergreen shrub with an irregular but rounded habit, it's native to the sandy plains of the southeastern United States, Virginia to Louisiana and Florida, and nearby Cuba.
The satin-glossy emerald green leaves are perfectly pointed ovals and are held at upward angles on the upperside of branches. They are leathery in texture. In early to mid-spring, hundreds...
(Desert Fern, Feather Bush)
The fine, tiny leaves of desert fern are a wispy backdrop to the small, white "puffball" flowers that appear in late spring or early summer. A large shrub native to the moist riverbanks in the Rincon Mountains of Arizona in the southwestern United States, it is usually evergreen but will drop leaves with frost or drought. Its foliage is very small and bright green, looking like that of a fern with the many leaflets. They turn yellow before dropping, most often in early spring just prior to the new...
Forest & Kim Starr
Producing large nuts, the Beaumont macadamia is well-suited for growth in dry, subtropical areas and has pretty, bright pink, pendent flowers, and reddish new leaves. A hybrid selection from crossing two Australian natives, the smooth-shelled (Macadamia integrifolia) and the rough-shelled (M. tetraphylla) macadamias, it is a very slow growing, evergreen tree that attains an upright yet rounded canopy.
The foliage of macadamia tree is handsome. They are dark green and glossy, often...
Large yellow trumpet-like blooms make this an outstanding vine for tropical gardens. Cat's claw is naturally distributed across a huge area of the Americas from Mexico to Argentina, including the West Indies. It thrives in warm coastal climates as well as the desert, where frost is rare and fleeting.
Its small lush evergreen leaves are borne on woody stems that cling to surfaces with unusual three pronged claw-like tendrils. These allow them to climb onto buildings, fences and walls with a...
(Bois d’arc, Hedge Apple, Osage Orange)
The large, warty, round fruits of Osage orange are heavy and dangerous when they start thudding to the ground in fall. Originally this native deciduous tree only inhabited the plains of the Red River in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas and the other regions of Texas, such as the Blackland Prairies and Chisos Mountains. Populations spread due to human cultivation and now exist across much of North America. The tree itself is medium-sized, long-lived and develops a pleasing rounded or pyramidal canopy....
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Cycad, Moore's Macrozamia)
This is one of the world's most stunning and grandiose cycads, as it mimics the silhouette and beauty of a small Canary Island date palm. Moore's macrozamia cycad is native to the forest edges and slopes in tropical Queensland, Australia and northern New South Wales. This slow-growing cycad, which reproduces by cones, is neither a palm nor a fern. Cycads are ancient plants that existed with the dinosaurs eons ago. Eventually, Moore's macrozamia cycad develops a tall trunk-like stem with mop head...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Southern magnolia is a beautiful, large broadleaf evergreen tree native to the Southeast United States. The huge, waxy, fragrant white flowers debut in early to late spring (depending on climate) and continue sporadically into fall. The glossy, leathery, dark green leaves - often with contrasting gray or brown undersides - are big and bold. Large cone-like fruits with fleshy red seeds are ornamental in fall. This magnolia drops its oldest leaves in mid-spring, just before new stem and foliage growth...
Ray Bracken Nursery
(Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia, Southern Magnolia)
Southern magnolia is a beautiful, large broadleaf evergreen tree native to the Southeast United States. The huge, waxy, fragrant white flowers debut in late spring and continue sporadically into fall. 'Bracken's Brown Beauty' has big, bold, glossy and leathery, dark green leaves with brown undersides which makes them appear bicolor. Large cone-like fruits with fleshy red seeds are ornamental in fall.
Southern magnolia likes sun or light shade and moist, well drained soil. It may need protection...