(Papershell Pecan, Wichita Pecan)
Although primarily known for its sweet nuts, this large deciduous tree from central North America also has ornamental virtues such as attractive compound leaves and a straight, furrowed, reddish brown trunk. One of the most successful and widely planted pecans in the Southwest U.S., 'Wichita' bears prolific midseason crops at a relatively young age. It performs well in the South-Central and Southwest U.S., but has done poorly in the Southeast.
Pecan likes full sun and acid, well drained soil....
(Papershell Pecan, Pecan)
Cultivars in this series are variable in their pecan production.
Pecan is a deciduous tree that grows to be very large. It is the state tree of Texas, and is naturally distributed from the Midwest to south-central United States and into Mexico. This tree has attractive furrowed bark that turns reddish brown over time. Pecans are grown as shade trees and for their nut production.
Known for its conspicuously shedding bark, shagbark hickory is a large deciduous tree from eastern North America. Spreading and round-topped in cultivation, in the wild it often has a single high-branched trunk and a narrow crown. The gray bark divides into large plates, which detach and curl back from the trunk at their tips, giving it a shaggy appearance.
The compound leaves of shagbark hickory are divided into 5 glossy lance-shaped yellow-green leaflets, with one leaflet at the tip and the...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Distinguished by its downy young shoots and its fragrant foliage, mockernut hickory is a medium to tall deciduous tree from eastern North America. Long-trunked with an oval crown, it has dark gray bark that is smooth at first but deeply furrowed at maturity. The compound leaves are divided into 5 to 9 lance-shaped leaflets, with one leaflet at the tip and the others paired. Silvery and downy upon emergence, they mature to shiny yellow-green, and turn butter yellow in fall. Inconspicuous flowers appear...
Richard Lyons Nursery, Inc.
(Autumn Golden Shower, Dwarf Golden Shower, Kenyan Shower)
Lemon-yellow flowers in floppy, upright clusters grace the branches of the Kenyan shower during the warmest months of the year. An evergreen tree native to eastern Africa, this species is smaller and more cold-tolerant than the golden shower (Cassia fistula). Kenyan shower is an exceptional choice for gardens with more limited space where winter frosts are more likely.
The long compound leaves are deep green and comprise 12 to 20 leaflets with a satiny sheen. Individual leaflets are...
Tatiana Gerus, Wikimedia Commons Contributor
(Brewster's Cassia, Cigar Cassia, Leichardt-bean)
Feathery green leaves, pendent clusters of yellow and reddish flowers, and long cigar-like seed pods are the chief ornamental qualities of cigar cassia. This plant may be quite variable in form, either growing as a medium to large shrub or becoming an upright tree with a billowy, rounded canopy. Cigar cassia is native to the hills across northeastern Australia, where it usually is evergreen, but chilly winter weather can cause leaf drop.
The compound leaves comprise numerous long oval leaflets...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Golden Shower, Indian Laburnum)
Spectacular in flower, the golden shower tree sheds most of its leaves to highlight the many pendent yellow strings of flowers in spring and summer. Native to southern Asia, it is a semi-deciduous tropical tree that is somewhat slow-growing, attaining an open but broad canopy.
The short trunk has pale smooth to platy bark, while the leaves are bright green and pinnate, having many small leaflets arranged on a petiole leaf stem. The leaves emerge slightly downy and silver in color before greening...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Appleblossom Cassia, Javanese Cassia, Pink and White Shower Tree)
With a spreading, irregular, tiered habit, the appleblossom cassia is covered with variably pink flowers in the warmest months of the tropical dry season. This Indonesian tree is very briefly deciduous just prior to or during the flowering display in springtime. The trunk's bark is smooth and gray, but occasional spines or woody spurs line the trunk or lower parts of branches.
Newly emerging leaves are downy, but turn matte green with age. Each leaf is compound, comprising 5 to nearly 30 oval...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Gold Medallion Tree)
Brilliantly attractive in form and when its cheerful yellow flower clusters appear in the summer, gold medallion tree is one of the most magnificent small tropical trees. An evergreen small tree from southeastern Brazil, its spreading but elegantly rounded canopy is lined with medium to deep green leaves that have eight to twelve pairs of small oval leaflets. Large clusters of sunny yellow flowers appear most heavily in the summertime, continuing for many weeks. The blossoms occur on semi-weeping...