James H. Schutte
This medium-sized deciduous shrub is distinguished by its fuzzy leaves and stems and by its summer display of showy "lacecap" flower heads. Native to uplands of south-central China, it was introduced to horticulture in 1908 by famed plant explorer E. H. Wilson.
The large, oval, felted leaves are paired along upright to spreading stems that are densely coated with purplish, wooly hairs. Older stems develop flaky, exfoliating bark. Broad, disk-shaped flowerheads appear at the branch tips from...
(St. John's Wort, St. Johnswort)
Distinctive blue-green to seafoam green foliage of this St. John's wort nicely contrasts the bright yellow flowers that include a tufted mass of stamens in late summer. A mounded and relatively short-lived, usually deciduous shrub, it is native to the southeastern United States. The thick stems are interesting because of the reddish brown, flaking bark.
The oblong leaves are bluish green, but close to a true sea green at the same time. They densely lined the stems and in mid and late summmer,...
(St. John's Wort, St. Johnswort, Sunburst St. John's Wort)
The cool, blue-green foliage of this St. John's wort contrasts beautifully with its summer and fall display of bright yellow flowers. The species is a mounded, deciduous shrub native to rocky hills and fields of the southeastern United States. The cultivar ‘Sunburst’ was selected for its larger flowers and more compact growth habit.
The stems of this handsome shrub are covered with attractive, exfoliating, red-tinted bark, and are densely lined with opposite pairs of rounded, bluish,oblong...
(Henry's St. John's Wort, St. Johnswort)
The soothing foliage of Henry’s St. John’s wort is a pleasant backdrop for its golden yellow flowers borne in summer. An upright, deciduous shrub, it is native to dry, open areas from southwestern China to the Southeast Asian peninsula and Indonesia.
The erect, arching branches of this species typically form a vase shape, and are covered with red-brown bark. Narrow, rounded, oblong, medium to dark green leaves line the stems in opposite pairs. In midsummer to autumn, loose clusters of starry,...
(Large-flowered St. John's Wort, St. Johnswort)
Large-flowered St. John’s wort beautifies the landscape with its lovely blue-green foliage, graceful yellow flowers and showy red fruits. It is a semi-evergreen shrub which hails from meadows, slopes and streamsides in western China. The commonly sold cultivar 'Sungold' is believed by many experts to actually be this species.
The upright, arching stems of this shrub are lined with opposite pairs of oblong, deep blue-green leaves. Large, bright yellow, five-petaled flowers are held above the...
Mark A. Miller
(Bonfire Holly, Hybrid Holly)
The profuse, bright red berries of this large deciduous holly bring excitement to gardens in autumn and winter. A hybrid of winterberry (Ilex verticillata) and finetooth holly ( I. serrata), 'Bonfire' bears numerous small white female flowers in late spring on purple-brown branches clad in oval, shallowly toothed, medium-green leaves. The flowers are pollinated by bees that have just visited a male deciduous holly such as 'Apollo', 'Country Gentleman', or 'Raritan Chief'....
(Brilliant Holly, Hybrid Holly)
The red berries of this exceptional holly are truly brilliant. This evergreen shrub is the result of a cross between Ilex aquifolium and I. ciliospinosa. Its pointy leaves are glossy green and teardrop-shaped with three to five pairs of spines.
Hollies are dioecious, which means plants have either male or female flowers. All berry producers like ‘Brilliant’ are female and need male plants nearby for pollination and subsequent fruit set. A well-placed male-flowering English...
(Centennial Girl Holly, Hybrid Holly)
Handsome year-round and spectacular when laden with fruit, this evergreen holly slowly forms a large dense conical shrub. A hybrid of English holly (Ilex aquifolium), it combines many of the virtues of its parent with greater cold-hardiness. Satiny oval leaves with six to seven pairs of relatively blunt spines are supple when young but leathery when mature. Small, white, female flowers appear in spring, requiring pollen from a neighboring male English (I. aquifolium) or...
(Hybrid Holly, Oak Laef™ Holly)
This self-fertile evergreen shrub is unique among hollies. Oak Leaf™ has a naturally pyramidal shape, beautiful glossy foliage with outstretched spines and plentiful orange-red berries. It was discovered as a seedling from the popular ‘Mary Nell' and is named for its medium-sized, long, glossy leaves with deep ribs and spines that abstractly resemble those of an oak leaf. Normally hollies are either male or female, but Oak Leaf™ has flowers with both genders, allowing it to self-pollinate.
(Cardinal™ Holly, Hybrid Holly)
Plentiful red berries make the densely pyramidal evergreen Cardinal™ holly (‘Conal’) particularly lovely. The leaves are medium-sized, oval and coarsely spined. When they first emerge, they are glossy purple and then turn dark green. The young stems are also purple-hued and will become yellow-green by late summer. This vigorous selection was discovered as a seedling from a ‘Mary Nell’ and ‘Nellie R Stevens’ hybrid cross.
Cardinal™ is unusual in that it has both male and female flowers, but...