Long cultivated for its fragrant, tasty fruit, this small, slow-growing deciduous tree from western and central Asia is also notable for its lovely spring flowers and its picturesque multi-trunked habit.
The simple oblong-oval leaves flush light green in spring, soon followed by large, five-petaled, white or pale pink blossoms that are visited by bees. The leaves mature to dull medium green with fuzzy, paler undersides. The pear-shaped to apple-shaped, fuzzy-skinned fruits ripen by early autumn,...
James H. Schutte
A small, slow-growing deciduous tree from western and central Asia, quince has long been cultivated for its tasty fruits, its lovely spring flowers, and its picturesque multi-trunked habit. The cultivar 'Smyrna' bears large, white-fleshed, pear-shaped fruits.
The simple oblong-oval leaves flush light green in spring, soon followed by large, five-petaled, white or pale pink blossoms that are visited by bees. The leaves mature to dull medium green with fuzzy, paler undersides. The fuzzy-skinned...
(Chainfruit Cholla, Jumping Cholla)
An upright branching cactus with warty, spined stems, the chainfruit cholla often displays drooping, segmented stem clusters of green fruits. This succulent cactus tolerates mild subfreezing temperatures and excessive drought and heat in summer. Its native to central Arizona southward into the Mexican state of Sonora. If you brush up against this cactus, the segmented fruits left on the stems pop or "jump" off.
Rather than display any leaves, this cactus photosynthesizes light in its bumpy stems....
(Candelabrum Cactus, Cane Cholla, Cardenche , Tree Cholla)
Large, beautifully colored flowers make this tree-like, cold-hardy cactus an excellent candidate for arid gardens. Tree or cane cholla is noted for having the most northerly range of any other Cylindropuntia. It is found at middle to high elevations in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, West Texas and Kansas, and also extends southward into Mexico.
Tree cholla is composed of short, gray-green stems, either cylindrical or slightly club-shaped. Each areole contains 5 to 30 wickedly barbed...
(Cymbidium, Spray Orchid)
Corsages for Mom and prom have long been made from the exquisite blooms of Cymbidium. It is an orchid genus with around 45 species whose origins range from cool temperate regions to the subtropical and tropical areas of southeastern Asia, India, China, Japan and northern Australia. They have been valued and cultivated for centuries and there are many grexes and cultivars.
Most Cymbidum are epiphytes (tree dwellers), a few are terrestrial, meaning they grow in soil like most...
(Cymbidium Orchid, Ivory Cymbidium)
Ivory cymbidium's flowers are white, as the name suggests, but also faintly blushed with pale pink. Its signature feature is a delicious fragrance akin to that of lilacs. Native from northern India to Vietnam, this tropical epiphyte (tree dweller) or lithophyte (rock dweller) can be found growing in cool highland cloud forests and cliff sides.
Long, light green, sword-shaped leaves arise from the oval pseudobulbs of this large, clump-forming evergreen orchid. Actively growing in the warm rains...
(Cymbidium Orchid, Sword-leaf Cymbidium)
The compact and highly fragrant sword-leaf cymbidium was among the first grown and prized by Chinese gardeners and appeared in the record as early as 500 B.C. In its native Japan, China, Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka it can be found growing in humus rich soils along streamsides and waterfalls. Occasionally it grows on moist rocks alongside mosses and ferns.
This clump-forming orchid forms a cluster of small pseudobulbs from which rise three or four thin, sword-like leaves of light green. Actively...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Cymbidium Orchid, Finlayson's Cymbidium)
On the island of Borneo, islanders grow the spring-blooming Finlayson's cymbidium orchid near their homes to ward off evil spirits. But the non-superstitious simply enjoy this plant's long, branched flower stalks lined with scores of warm, golden brown blossoms. This tropical epiphytic or a lithophytic orchid is native to the rainforests across peninsular Southeast Asia, from Vietnam to Indonesia and the Philippines.
This large evergreen orchid grows from a clump of short, cone-shaped pseudobulbs...
(Cymbidium Orchid, Goering's Cymbidium, Korean Spring Orchid)
Easily mistaken for a grass when flowers are absent, Goering's cymbidium is a prized orchid in gardens across the warm temperate areas of China, Japan and southern Korea. Faintly fragrant golden green to chartreuse flowers appear in winter and spring. These are only subtly showy and often camouflaged by the foliage, though some come in more exciting colors, such as white, pink, golden orange and bright yellow-green. In the wild, this species is naturally distributed from Bhutan eastward to the Korean...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Cymbidium Orchid, Tracy's Cymbidium)
The most strongly scented of all cymbidium, Tracy's has large, long-stemmed, corsage quality orchids of dark red and yellow-green. Native to the cool highland forests and cliffs of southern China, northern Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, this tender evergreen epiphyte (tree dweller) or lithophyte (rock dweller) is frequently seen growing on flared tree trunks, branch forks or moist rocks along open woodland slopes.
Tracy's cymbidium is a large, clump-forming orchid with oval pseudobulbs from...