(Bellflower, Jamaican Tree-lily)
Large, Easter lily-like flowers that smell strongly of vanilla grace the branches of the regal bellflower. This small, shrubby, evergreen tree slowly develops an upright, rounded habit with age. It is not a common tree in its native Jamaica where it exists in rocky limestone woodlands where soils are seasonally dry. Blossoms occur in flushes any time of year and attract moth pollinators.
Newly emerging leaves are blushed pink and turn glossy deep green as they mature. They feel leathery but...
(Brazilian Oak, Needle-flower Tree, Perfume-tree)
A stiff-looking tree with glossy foliage, the needle-flower tree is prized for its long, tubular flowers that emit gardenia-like perfume at night. This small evergreen tropical has upright branches and develops a mounded, spreading canopy if grown as a specimen tree in an open area with plenty of light; trees crowded in groves become narrower and taller. This species is native to the humid forests of Mexico and northern South America where it commonly grows in volcanic soils.
The dense leaves...
David L. Morgan
An excellent choice for desert gardens, this shrubby, spiny tree hails from arid regions of Arizona, northern Mexico, and West Texas. It has a gnarled densely branched habit and often develops multiple trunks and a broad crown. From the twisted twigs hang feathery blue-green leaves with numerous narrow leaflets.
Mesquite bears clusters of tiny, fluffy, honey-rich, yellow flowers in spring, followed by large tan pods. Native Americans harvested the pods for a nutritious staple. They also valued...
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(Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite)
Native to arid regions of southern Arizona and northern Mexico, this shrubby deciduous tree forms a dense low crown of wickedly spiny branches. Cultivated plants are sometimes limbed up to expose their trunks.
This relatively cold-hardy desert native bears feathery blue green leaves on its spreading to arching branches. Fluffy clusters of tiny yellow sweet-scented flowers appear in spring, attracting honeybees and other pollinators. The edible fruits are large tan pods containing protein-rich...
(Accolade Flowering Cherry, Flowering Cherry)
Filling its branches with light pink blossoms in very late winter and early spring, Accolade cherry also dazzles with spectacular orange-red foliage in autumn. A small deciduous ornamental tree without fruit, this cultivar is the result of a Knap Hill Nursery hybrid cross between the Higan and Sargent cherries in 1952. It attains a mature shape of a spreading, vase-like canopy.
In late winter the many twigs are lined with rose colored buds that then open to lighter pink, semi-doubled flowers...
(Chinese Apricot Plum Hybrid, Hanska Plumcot)
Robust, vigorous, pretty when in bloom, the Hanska plumcot bears red, firm-fleshed fruits in the latter half of summer. This hardy deciduous tree was introduced by Dr. Niels Hansen in 1908 in Brookings, South Dakota as a cross between the American wild plum (Prunus americana)and the Chinese apricot (Prunus simonii), known commonly as a plumcot. This tall, round-canopied tree has slightly spreading branches, allowing it a dual purpose of a small yard shade tree as well as for fruit...