(Buff Hazelwood, Cochinchine Sweetleaf)
A traditional Ayurvedic medicinal plant, this small, upright, evergreen tree is also valuable as an ornamental. It naturally occurs from southern Asia to the western Pacific Islands.
The narrowly elliptic leaves of Symplocos cochinchinensis are alternately borne on smooth, gray-barked branches. Each leaf blade has a tapering point. Frothy, branching clusters of tiny white flowers are produced along the branches in mid- to late-summer. The flowers are followed by small, rounded, berry-like...
(Blue Berry, Horse Sugar, Martinique Sweetleaf, Whitewood)
This small, round-crowned, evergreen tree is native to the Caribbean Basin from Jamaica to Central America and northeastern South America.
The lustrous, waxy, elliptic leaves of Symplocos martinicensis are alternately borne on smooth, gray-barked branches. Few-flowered clusters of small, fragrant, white blooms appear in the leaf axils sporadically from late spring to early fall. The flowers are followed by small, elongated, berry-like drupes that mature from green to blue-black.
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(Australian Brush Cherry, Brush Cherry)
Australian brush cherry is a small to medium-sized, evergreen tree that produces edible, dark pink to reddish purple fruits. It is native to Queensland, Australia and is where it is commonly sheared and pruned into a shrubby form for hedges and screens. If allowed to maintain a tree form, it has a single trunk and develops a bushy, oval canopy.
The glossy leaves of this tough, drought tolerant tree are small, glossy and lance-shaped. The new leaves are bronze-pink and turn green, sometimes with...
(Brush Cherry, Monterey Bay Brush Cherry)
The vigorous 'Monterey Bay' is an exceptional selection of brush cherry with deep green, lustrous leaves. It was selected in 1988 at the Monterey Bay Nursery in Watsonville, California. Australian in origin, it produces edible, dark pink to reddish purple fruits and is tough and easy to grow.
The glossy leaves of Australian brush cherry are small, glossy and lance-shaped. It produces brushy clusters of white flowers throughout the year, as long as temperatures and warm and conditions favorable....
Forest & Kim Starr
(Caribbean Trumpet Tree, Golden Tabebuia, Tree-of-gold)
Corky striped bark and a picturesque habit make this small, cold-tender South American tree interesting year round, but the dense clusters of large golden yellow flowers in late winter and spring is a sight to behold. The large pompon-like heads of ruffled trumpet-shaped blooms envelop the tree just as most or all of its leaves drop. It refoliates fully again shortly after bloom. Flowering may recur in moist summer spells. Dark brown bean-shaped seed pods follow the flowers. The compound, hand-shaped,...
(Apamate, White Tabebuia, Yellow Poui)
Attractive hand-like leaves and brilliant yellow to golden trumpet-shaped flowers makes the yellow poui a magnificent specimen tree for tropical gardens. This primarily evergreen tree is native to the sunny forests of northern South America, from the Amazon Basin to the Caribbean. It grows on cliffs or woods in dry to moist, nutrient-poor soils. Its corky tan bark is visually appealing. This tree, sometimes a large bushy shrub, attains an open, rounded canopy.
The compound leaves look like hands,...
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(Golden Trumpet Tree, Yellow Bark Tree)
One of the most widespread yellow-flowering trumpet trees in Tropical America, the yellow bark tree produces fragrant, yellow flowers in early to late spring. This deciduous, slow-growing tree is native from Honduras southward into Brazil in rather dry forests. It develops a rounded but wide-spreading canopy, often with a twisted, interesting trunk. The bark is tan-gray, with a yellow underbark (the reason for its common name). The lumber is dense and heavy, popular for use as outdoor utility poles...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Mayflower, Pink Poui, Rosy Trumpet Tree)
The spring costume of this vigorous subtropical tree is festive and feminine: abundantly showy and rosy pink. The pink poui or rosy trumpet tree is indeed one of the showiest for a garden, rivaling the deeper-colored blooms of the ipe (Handroanthus impetiginosus). This briefly deciduous forest tree is native from southern Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia. Rosy trumpet tree is prized as a timber tree, yielding a dense wood used in construction, as fuel or manufacturing musical instruments,...
(Dioecious Tamarisk, Tamarisk)
In the deserts of the Southwest, the agricultural success of tamarisk trees has turned into an ecological tragedy. Well over a century ago, many species were imported from the Old World for shade and wind protection. This smaller, shrubby form proved to be particularly well adapted to dry washes where it naturalized extensively, feeding on moisture deep below these seasonal waterways.
It has been proven that a single tamarisk tree can consume up to three hundred gallons of ground water per...
In the American Southwest, the weedy success of the tamarisk, originally favored as an agricultural windbreak, has become an ecological nightmare. This species, unlike many other Tamarix imports, originates from southern France.
French tamarisk is a small, shrubby European tree that is attractive despite its invasive nature. It has fine, feathery green foliage and produces attractive plumes of purple pink flowers from spring to summer. It is very drought tolerant, grows well in heat...