(Florist's Cyclamen, Persian Cyclamen)
Named for their eye-catching, silver-hearted leaves, cyclamens in this series also feature a tidy compact habit and abundant bloom. These seed-propagated F1 hybrids were selected and bred for production and sale as seasonal container plants. Like other florist's cyclamens they derive from Cyclamen persicum, a tender tuberous perennial from the eastern Mediterranean.
Silverheart™ Series cyclamens form neat rosettes of dark-green, heart-shaped leaves with silver-washed centers. The foliage...
Mark A. Miller
The silver-splashed leaves and elegant, sweet-scented blooms of this hardy cyclamen arise in spring from fuzzy, rounded, underground tubers. Native to Italy, the Dalmatians, Greece, and several Mediterranean islands, it has been cultivated by gardeners for more than 300 years.
The gray- to dark-green, heart-shaped leaves of Cyclamen repandum break ground in late winter or spring. Thinner than those of most other cyclamen species, the leaves are often blotched, dotted, or streaked with...
(Bambooleaf Oak, Chinese Evergreen Oak, Jade Oak)
Handsome and relatively unknown for use as an urban street and shade tree, bambooleaf oak has leaves that look more like those of a tropical fig (Ficus) rather than a very close relative of true oaks (Quercus). This is a broadleaf evergreen tree native to the highland valleys of China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. Its smooth tan bark covers the trunk that supports the rounded to eventually spreading canopy of foliage.
The newly emerging leaves are a light coppery...
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....
(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...
(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...