(Formosa Firethorn, Victory Firethorn)
The arching stems of the Formosa firethorn selection 'Victory' produce very beautiful clusters of white flowers followed by relatively large fiery berries. This evergreen shrub, descended from a native of Taiwan, has branches filled with oval, dark green leaves and long, sharp spines. New leaves are bronze. In late spring, numerous small white flowers appear, followed by late-ripening, showy red berries that on occasion may be picked at by songbirds. The berries linger on the arching branches well...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
Among the smallest in leaf and showiest in fruit of the firethorns, this native of southwestern China is a large spiny evergreen shrub with arching, wide-spreading branches. Abundant clusters of small white flowers crowd the burgundy-red branches in late spring, contrasting strikingly with the oblong, shallowly toothed, glossy dark-green leaves. Small green apple-shaped berries follow the flowers, ripening to dazzling red-orange in fall. The fruits may be eaten by birds. This shrub is hardy only...
(California Live Oak)
The gnarled, picturesque trunks and aged branches of the California live oak have interesting evergreen, holly-like foliage. It naturally resides along the coasts and foothills from Central California southward into Mexico. Its bark is smooth and gray but becomes darker and mildly furrowed with great age.
The leathery dark green leaves of California oak are oval to elliptical in shape with spiny teeth along the edges. They are evergreen but shed in abundance in spring before quickly being replaced....
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Canyon Live Oak, Golden-cup Oak, Maul Oak)
The rounded but mildly spreading canopy of the canyon oak has handsome evergreen, dense, holly-like foliage. It naturally grows from southern Oregon to Arizona and Baja California in western North America. Its bark is smooth and white when young but becomes reddish gray and white, corky and furrowed with age. Variable in form, it can be a large tree or dense large shrub.
The leathery oval green leaves may or may not have small spines, resembling holly foliage. They are evergreen and have light...
(Japanese Blue Oak, Ringcup Oak)
Often multi-trunked and so densely cloaked in dark green foliage that it seems to moak its identity as an oak, Japanese blue oak lends a formal aire to a landscape. This broadleaf evergreen tree grows a rounded canopy and is native to China, Japan and the subtropical highland slopes of the Himalayan Mountains. Its bark is sandy brown to gray, smooth but wrinkled like the thin leg of an elephant.
Each leaf is dark glossy green, sometimes so glossy as to reflect the sky's blueness and make the...
(Evergreen Oak, Holly Oak, Holm Oak)
Deep green leaves with furry undersides that are evergreen and resembling holly leaves when prickles are present, the holly oak is a stately shade tree native to the Mediterranean regions of southern Europe (Spain to Greece) and northwestern Africa. It is a rounded tree that usually retains its foliage unless in a severely cold winter. The bark is slate gray and relatively smooth. This species of oak has been noted to be favorable for the production of truffles under its branches.
Mark A. Miller
Attractive and glossy, the leaves of the shingle oak are unexpected on this tall, woodland shade tree. Pyramidal in shape when young, this native of the central United States (around the Ohio River basin), it will have spreading upright branches and lower branches that angle slightly downward. The bark is hard, grayish brown and corky, with ridges and shallow furrows.
The leaves are leathery, bright to dark green above, and the underside is gray with a fuzzy texture. They lack the lobes most...
Not especially showy or outstanding as an ornamental plant, ubame oak is a peculiarity of note for plant collectors with its glossy, oval leaves. A small rounded tree or large spreading shrub, it is native to the humid temperate woods of eastern China and southern Japan. Its bark is smooth and grayish brown to slate gray.
The broadleaf evergreen leaves are glossy emerald green and oval shaped with smooth edges. Their undersides are pale green; new leaves emerge with a bronzy red tone. Flowers...
(Fastigiate English Oak, Skyrocket English Oak)
Stately and upright, Skyrocket English oak has strong, dense branches on its narrowed, tight canopy. A deciduous tree native to Europe and western Asia, it has bark that is ridged and furrowed, rich brown to gray-black in color and demonstrates better resistance to the mildew that negatively affects other English oaks.
The wavy-edged leaves are oblong with very short stems with few to many lobes. They are glossy dark green with a lighter green underside, first emerging very downy in late spring....
The genus Rhaphiolepis comprises approximately 15 species of shrubs and small trees from subtropical and temperate regions of East Asia.
These cold-tender evergreens bear leathery, glossy-green, oval to lance-shaped leaves with toothed or smooth edges. Newly emerged leaves are often red or bronze. Loose clusters of small, five-petaled, unscented or mildly fragrant flowers appear toward the branch tips in late winter, spring, or summer. The star-shaped blooms are pink, white, or red,...