Gerald L. Klingaman
(American Angelica Tree, Devil's Walking Stick, Hercules' Club)
This fierce plant is well named. Devil's walking stick is a suckering deciduous shrub to small tree with large, bold leaves that appear above nearly branchless stems covered with vicious thorny spines. In summer it produces striking plumes of creamy white flowers followed by showy clusters of black fruits on reddish stems.
This plant prefers full to part sun and is tolerant of a wide range of well drained soil types. Though it is a unwieldy to prune, it does make a bold statement in mixed borders...
James H. Schutte
(House Pine, Monkey Puzzle Tree)
Sparse, architecturally interesting branches laced with sharp, triangular needles makes monkey puzzle tree one of the more odd but entertaining trees for mild temperate zone landscapes. A tall evergreen tree native to the slopes of the Andes Mountains in Chile and Argentina, it has dark grayish brown bark and produces cones. It is pleasingly pyramid-shaped when young, looking like an artificial Christmas tree without the wiry needles yet extended. With time, its shape become tall with a rounded upper...
James H. Schutte
(Bunya Bunya Pine)
With shiny, prickly foliage concentrated in tufts at the ends of branches, bunya-bunya pine is known for its spiny, heavy cones that drop like bombs to the ground below. Only found naturally in the coastal and inland rainforests of Queensland, Australia, it is a tall evergreen tree that attains a triangular dome canopy at maturity. When youthful, the tree has a pyramid-like habit with a tall central leading tip. The leaves are dark green, brighter when new, and waxy, stiff and notably sharp at their...
David L. Morgan
Madrone is a large round-headed tree with amazing smooth cinnamon-colored bark that flakes from the trunk. Small white or pink flowers emerge in early summer on this tree native to the Pacific coast in the western United States. Red and orange fruits develop over the next year, ripening that second autumn. Bees pollinate the flowers.
Madrone is best suited to climates matching its native habitat. Acidic, well-drained soils in a climate that is cool and dry in summer and cool and wet in winter...
The elegant strawberry tree is best distinguished by its highly ornamental fruits that turn from gold to red. It is a broad, upright large shrub or small tree native to southern European and the eastern Mediterranean with an adjunct population in Ireland. Like many members of the heath family (Ericaceae), it favors moist, rich, slightly acid soil but will also tolerate summer drought. Mature specimens adopt an appealing vase-shaped habit and gnarled branches.
Fully evergreen, ovate leaves of...
(Compact Strawberry Tree, Strawberry Tree)
The Compacta strawberry tree is a large shrub or small tree with white flowers that lead to ornamental red fruits. It is identical to the species except it will only reach one-half the mature size. The bark is gray and peeling, revealing a nice cinnamon brown layer on this southern European and eastern Mediterranean native plant. Often blooming in autumn, the urn-shaped flowers give rise to the gold and then red "strawberry" fruits the following autumn. Over time the trunk becomes gnarled and more...
(Bearberry, Emerald Carpet Bearberry, Kinnikinnick)
Many lawns in the American West were abandoned and replanted with this creeping, evergreen shrub to conserve water, and it has proven itself over the long term. It is a hybrid selection of Arctostaphylos uva ursi, which is native to a large range in Eurasia. The small, round green leaves of ‘Emerald Carpet’ are bone densely on twigs with characteristic sepia-colored, smooth bark that peels periodically as the plant ages. Growth is low and spreading, and becomes quite dense and uniform with...
James H. Schutte
(Manzanita, Vine Hill Manzanita)
Drought tolerant and attractive, vine hill manzanita is a mounding evergreen shrub native to California. Its spreading branches are covered with small, glossy, dark to light green leaves all season. In spring, it bears many drooping clusters of tiny, white tubular flowers, followed by small, bright red berries. Its flowers attract bees and its fruits are eaten by birds.
This California native is highly drought tolerant and can survive in poor soils if perfectly drained. It requires full to partial...
(Howard McMinn Manzanita, Manzanita)
Beautiful and reliable, the manzanita cultivar ‘Howard Mcminn’ is a mounding, medium-sized, evergreen shrub that originates from California. Its spreading branches are covered with small, glossy, rich green leaves all season. In spring, it bears many drooping clusters of tiny, bright white tubular flowers, followed by small, bright red berries. Its flowers attract bees and its fruits are eaten by birds. This selection is noted for its particularly beautiful flowers and marked adaptability.