(Fragrant Senna, Southern Cassia)
Reddish stems, glossy foliage and lightly fragrant flowers are three ornamental highlights of the fragrant senna. This upright evergreen shrub with sprawling branches is native to the forest edges of eastern New South Wales and Queensland in Australia. It is known there as southern cassia.
The foliage is fine-textured. Each compound leaf comprises numerous slender oval leaflets in perfectly matched pairs. Each leaflet is glossy dark green. Anytime from early spring to early summer, branch tips...
James H. Schutte
(Golden Wonder Senna, Splendid Senna)
This senna cultivar is considered the showiest of golden-flowered, tropical shrubs for frost-free climates. Its parent is native to Brazil but is now grown far and wide due to natural vigor and heavy bloom. This selection, ‘Golden Wonder,’ is considered equally well-adapted to other tropics and also frost-free dry climates if sufficiently irrigated. It makes a superior background shrub because it is twice as wide as it is tall.
This plant blooms heavily in very large bright golden-orange single...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Wislizenus' Cassia, Wislizenus' Senna)
An upright, medium to large deciduous shrub that glows golden-yellow in late spring and summer, this native of Mexico and the Southwest United States is an excellent candidate for dryland gardens. Densely clustered at the stem tips, the sunny flowers are followed by large brown seedpods. The grayish-green leaves are divided into small rounded leaflets with pointed tips. This medium to large shrub is a refreshing sphere of lush green in summer, and its dark stems add interest to the winter landscape....
Gerald L. Klingaman
A small, fine-textured evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub with delicate and delightful flowers, this native of Southeast Asia is often used in bonsai. A dense rounded plant whose wiry branches are crowded with tiny oval leaves, snowrose displays small white starry flowers in spring and summer, and sometimes at other seasons if temperatures are mild. The four- to six-petaled blooms open from pink buds. Fruit (a small black berry) is rarely if ever produced in cultivation. The leathery, dark-green leaves...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
A small, fine-textured evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub with delicate light pink flowers, ngnarled stems and variegated leaves in winter, 'Pink Mountain' is native of Southeast Asia is often used in bonsai. A dense rounded plant with crowded wiry branches lined with tiny oval leaves, snowrose displays pale pink starry flowers in spring and summer, and sometimes at other seasons if temperatures are mild. The four- to six-petaled blooms open from pink buds. Fruit (a small black berry) is rarely if...
James H. Schutte
Prized for its small size, wiry branches lined with variegated leaves, and showy bloom from spring to late summer, ‘Variegata Rosea’ is a selection of an evergreen shrub native to moist, open woodlands in Southeast Asia. At maturity it attains a bushy, domed shape. The leaves are tiny, leathery and dark-green with creamy edges, and if crushed smell like dirty socks. Pink flower buds appear in the warmth of late spring to fall, and open up as four to six-petalled pink blossoms with jagged edges.
A remarkably tough and tolerant plant, silver buffaloberry has silvery gray-green foliage and red berries that are sour but edible, often used in jam. An upright but rounded deciduous shrub, it is native to western North America.
The medium to light green elongated leaves are covered in tiny white hairs, causing variation in some plants to have a gray-green or fully silvery coloration. Plants are dioecious - male and female flowers, both yellow-green and tiny, are borne upon separate shrubs....
James H. Schutte
A tough and tolerant plant ideal for arid regions, the jojoba has attractive blue-green foliage and produces a nut-like fruit that is pressed for its oil. An irregularly shaped, upright, evergreen shrub, it's native to northern Mexico and the extreme southwestern United States.
Jojoba’s stiff branches are lined with paired oval leaves that are a grayish blue-green but can have hints of yellow-green. In early spring, the unimpressive small yellow flowers appear. Plants are dioecious, either male...
Providing spring to fall interest with its handsome ferny leaves, the Ural falsespirea is particularly arresting in midsummer when covered with frothy white flowerheads. An upright, suckering, thicketing shrub, it is native to northern Asia eastward to Japan.
Emerging very early in spring, the long frond-like compound leaves comprise numerous narrow leaflets. Young leaves are glossy light green with blushes of coppery red. In summer, upright astilbe-like clusters of tiny white flowers adorn...
Mary S. Thomas
(Birchleaf Spirea, Spirea)
A dwarf mounded deciduous shrub that possesses many similarities to Japanese spirea, this native of Northeast Asia bears flat heads of white flowers in late spring and early summer. The dense plants have purplish-brown stems. The small rounded leaves resemble those of birch.
Adaptable to a wide range of soils in sun and light shade, this is a highly versatile ornamental shrub that works well in mixed borders, foundation plantings, and rock gardens. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage prolonged...