Fragrant in foliage, bark and flower, Japanese camphor has lustrous green leaves and a smooth sandy sienna-brown bark. A broadleaf evergreen tree, it is native to Japan, Korea and a narrow band in eastern China, including Taiwan.
The thin leathery leaves are oval to lance-shaped and are glossy deep green with a gray, blue-green underside. Crush a leaf or scrape a twig or bark and a camphor-cinnamon scent is released. A new leaf emerges a coppery light green. By late spring, the branch tips bear...
(Common Gum Rockrose, Frank Birch Rockrose)
A relatively large rockrose that is also notable for its aromatic foliage and palm-sized white flowers, Cistus ladanifer is native to Southwest Europe and Northwest Africa. The flowers of the cultivar 'Frank Birch' lack the purple basal blotches typical of the species. The crinkled, five-petaled blooms appear in late spring and early summer, and sporadically at other seasons. A ruff of yellow stamens adorns each flower's center. The lance-shaped, fragrant, sticky leaves are dark green above...
Rockrose is a hardy, evergreen shrub. It is a natural hybrid between Cistus ladanifer and Cistus populifolius, both native to the Mediterranean region. Shiny, sticky leaves are lance-shaped, opposite on the stem and have smooth to wavy margins. The lovely, papery, abundant, summer flowers are solitary and open for one day. They are roundish, flat, white with a red tint, have a center of bright gold stamens and reminiscent of wild roses. The stems and foliage have a pleasant, resinous...
(Crimson-Spot Rockrose, Rockrose)
Rockrose is a hardy, evergreen shrub. It is a natural hybrid between Cistus ladanifer and Cistus populifolius, both native to the Mediterranean region. Shiny, sticky leaves are lance-shaped, opposite on the stem and have smooth to wavy margins. The lovely, papery, abundant, summer flowers are solitary and open for one day. The cultivar ‘Maculatus’ has flowers which are roundish, flat, white with a red to maroon spot at the base or each petal. The flowers have a center of bright gold...
James H. Schutte
(Kaffir Lime, Makrut)
Kaffir lime is a tropical evergreen fruit tree with a bushy and spreading growth habit. This southeastern Asian native has very thorny branches and thick, two-part glossy green leaves. Fragrant white flowers are followed by tart, oblong, pointy-ended, bumpy citrus fruits that ripen to yellow.
Kaffir lime trees do best in full sun and fertile well-drained soil that is not alkaline in pH. They appreciate hot summers and mild winters but tolerate light frost. They may be planted as specimen fruit...
Forest & Kim Starr
Puckery, cold lemonade and tart, sweet pies are modern pleasures made from the fruits of Citrus limon: the lemon tree. However, lemons have been used for centuries and prized for their medicinal qualities. The true origin of lemons is unknown, but most likely from the northwestern reaches of India. The trees have moved with civilization and burgeoning transportation routes around the globe. It is said Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds with him to Hispaniola in 1493, and it was among...
(Eureka Variegated Lemon, Lemon)
Admired for its variegated foliage and nearly seedless, green and yellow variegated, market-quality lemons, ‘Variegated Eureka’ is a newer sport of the very old-fashioned cultivar 'Eureka', which was first introduced in the late 1850s. This small evergreen tree has an open crown, almost thornless green branches and thick glossy green leaves with ivory and pale green edges.
When conditions are favorable it puts forth fragrant, waxy white flowers. These are followed by oblong, waxy, yellow and...