Mark A. Miller
(Japanese Cheesewood, Wheeler's Dwarf Mock Orange)
Japanese mock orange is a large broadleaf evergreen shrub native to eastern Asia. Its cultivar 'Wheeler's Dwarf' bear whorls of glossy, leathery, oval leaves on low, compact branches. Terminal clusters of creamy-white, bell-shaped, sweetly fragrant flowers appear in spring, followed by orange pea-sized fruit that opens to reveal red seeds.
'Wheeler's Dwarf' prefers sun or partial shade and moist, fertile, well drained soil. It is highly salt tolerant. Use it in shrub borders, foundation plantings,...
A compact habit, slow growth and beautifully variegated foliage set this Pittosporum apart from the rest. This functional and pretty shrub is ideal for landscapes where winters are mild.
Japanese mock orange is a large broadleaf evergreen shrub native to eastern Asia. Its thick branches bear dense whorls of large, glossy, leathery, oval leaves. The pretty mottled leaves have irregular creamy edges and look great all season. Terminal clusters of creamy white, bell-shaped, sweetly fragrant...
Carol Cloud Bailey
Blemishing lawns worldwide with its leaf rosettes and its rat-tail inflorescences, this hardy perennial is native to Eurasia but naturalized globally.
The dull green, paddle-shaped leaves have a broad oval blade and a long flattened stalk ("petiole"). Several deep parallel veins run from the base to the tip of the leaf blade. In summer, numerous homely spikes of greenish, wind-pollinated flowers are borne on shin-high stems. This semi-evergreen perennial spreads via self-sowing, which is often...
James H. Schutte
(American Planetree, American Sycamore)
The American sycamore is a grand, picturesque tree if well placed in the landscape. This large deciduous tree is naturally distributed across the eastern half of North America, from Maine to Florida, so it is beneficial to grow from local stock. It is a lowland tree that’s adapted to soils that become flooded intermittently throughout the season. Happy trees can survive for hundreds of years.
Sycamores are best known for their beautiful bark and elegantly irregular branching patterns. The multicolored...
(Asian Planetree, Asian Sycamore)
Tall, spreading branches covered in flaking gray and tan bark, the Asian planetree has large, teethed, maple-like leaves. A native of southeastern Europe and southern Asia, it is a tall, stately deciduous tree that historically gained favor as a shade tree in the Middle East.
The leaves emerge in spring a bright, pale green, unfurling into a large, semi-glossy blades with narrowed, many-teethed lobes that number between three and five. The flower clusters appear at the time the leaves first...
Tall, spreading branches covered in flaking gray and tan bark, the Asian planetree variety 'Cuneata' has large, teethed, maple-like leaves with a tapering base. A native of southeastern Europe, it is a tall, stately deciduous tree that historically gained favor as a shade tree in the Middle East.
The leaves emerge in spring a bright, pale green, unfurling into a large, semi-glossy blades with narrowed, many-teethed lobes that number between three and five. This cultivar has a tapered or wedge-shaped...
Tall and upright, with spreading branches covered in flaking gray and tan bark, and large, maple-like leaves, ‘Columbia’ is a selection of London planetree recognized as an improved form for urban street tree use. This hybrid between the American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and Asian planetree (P. orientalis)
combines the qualities of the two species into a tough, adaptable, upright deciduous tree with upper branches that spread widely to cast broad shade. It is resistant...
Audrey, Eve and George DeLange
The Arizona sycamore is a beautiful deciduous shade tree with an open crown native to the river canyons of the Southwestern United States, inhabiting a small range of riparian habitat in the dry wilderness of Arizona. This tree features an irregular, twisted form, often with large low branches or multiple trunks. The bark is platy with patches of white and brownish gray creating a lovely mottled effect. Its leaves are the size of a human palm, deeply lobed with pointed tips. They are light green...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(London Planetree, Mapleleaf Sycamore)
Tall and upright with spreading branches covered in flaking gray and tan bark, London planetree is best known as a tough urban street tree. It is a hybrid between American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and Asian planetree (P. orientalis), and was hybridized in England in the middle of the 17th century. Hybrid vigor makes this hardy deciduous a tough adaptable choice for urban conditions.
The large, maple-like leaves of London plane are bright pale green when they first emerge...