(Common Filbert, Purpleleaf Filbert)
Purpleleaf filbert is an ornamental shrub to small tree with reddened foliage hailing from Europe and nearby Turkey. This plant is generally monoecious, which means that single plants have separate male and female flowers. Its conspicuous male flowers, which are drooping yellow catkins, bloom in late winter to early spring, before its leaves emerge. Tiny yellow female flowers appear at the same time and later generate edible hazelnut fruits.
Plant purpleleaf filbert in a fertile, well-drained...
(Common Filbert, Redleaf Filbert)
Prized for its delicious hard-shelled nuts, European filbert is a small tree to large shrub that originates from the whole of Europe as well as western Asia. Wild plants exist in open woods and hedgerows where they grow in a wide range of soil types. Hazelnuts have been in cultivation for thousands of years and many cultivars exist--most bred to produce high quality nut crops. The woody, oblong nuts ripen in mid to late autumn and are eaten by wildlife as well as people. The European filbert is the...
Mark A. Miller
(Chinese Filbert, Chinese Hazel)
A walk into the highlands of China may reveal a rare glimpse of the Chinese filbert, which is a plant species vulnerable to extinction in the wild. Native to the moist woodlands of south-central China and into Tibet, this partially deciduous tree retains low branches and may sucker from its trunk. To maintain a classic tree silhouette, prune away suckers to reveal the mottled, fissured bark of the trunk. With old age, the bark pales to gray or white.
In spring, when foliage is emerging or fully...
(Turkish Filbert, Turkish Hazelnut)
Attractive leaves, exfoliating bark and curious-looking fruits that contain an edible nut are highlights of the Turkish filbert tree. Native to southeastern Europe and western Asia, it has a pyramid-like habit initially, but as it matures attains an upright oval silhouette. The brown bark chips and flakes off in small bits, adding to the ornamental interest, especially from fall to spring.
In very late winter, branches bear long pendent clusters of male flowers, called catkins. Small, easy-to-overlook...
Mark A. Miller
(Farges' Filbert, Farges' Hazel)
A little-known filbert whose multi-colored bark rivals that of some of the most beautiful birches, this Chinese native makes a wonderful all-season medium-sized tree for the landscape. The silvery-gray, mottled bark — which peels and flakes to reveal underlying patches of reddish-brown and tan — provides year-round ornament, especially in winter when the branches are bare. In late winter and early spring, long catkins trail from the zig-zag branchlets, adding to the display. The large, oval, toothed...
James H. Schutte
(Gray Clubawn Grass, Grey Hair Grass)
Forming a beautiful clump of fine, very narrow, blue-green or gray leaves and reddish purple sheaths, grey hair grass adds delicate texture to the landscape. This short-lived perennial, clumping grass is native to Europe, northern Africa, eastern North America and western South America. The hair-like leaves are slightly blue-green, more often gray-green, and emerge from beautifully contrasting sheaths that are red-purple. In summer, airy, upright panicles, or branched stem tips fill with tiny flowers,...
(Buri Palm, Gebang Palm)
One of the largest growing palms on the planet, the gebang palm also boasts astounding leaf fronds and a towering, Christmas tree-like flowering stalk. This evergreen palm that dies after it flowers is native to the riverbanks and fertile grasslands of tropical southern Asia to northern Australia. It attains an upright trunk with wide-spreading to V-shaped canopy as it ages.
When a seedling, the gebang palm is slow growing, but once a trunk develops its pace hastens. A healthy plant will produce...
(Elephant's Tooth, Starry Ball)
This tidy little cactus is a great choice for windowsill gardens, greenhouses and outdoors in the Southwest. It is native to the Mexican states of Michoacan and Morelos where conditions are dry and rainfall scarce. In habitat this cactus is found as an individual, but may also produce very large clumps. Each plant is globe shaped and stemless, the skin glossy dark green with some wool at the growth tip. The tubercles on this cactus are large and well defined with each containing a spine bearing areole....
James H. Schutte
Native to sunny meadows and open areas of Mexico, this appealing perennial is valued for its long-lasting display of velvety, dark maroon flowers that indeed emit a delicate cocoa scent. Spreading slowly via tuberous roots, it possesses an upright, branching habit and is covered with fresh green, somewhat fern-like foliage. Wiry, burgundy stems support a profusion of lush, chocolate-red flowerheads with slightly darker centers which bloom generously from summer into fall.
Chocolate cosmos prefers...