Forest & Kim Starr
This Asian native is a small tender evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green, serrated leaves. Fragrant white to pinkish flowers appear in late spring and early summer, followed by showy drooping clusters of red berries that remain on the plant through much of the winter.
This shrub requires little maintenance in partial shade and humus-rich, well drained, acid soil. It adds vivid color to shady gardens and greenhouses in winter. Use it as a tall groundcover, in the foundation planting, or as...
James H. Schutte
(Ardisia, Low Shoebutton)
This Southeast Asian native is a tender evergreen shrub with shiny, leathery, dark green leaves. New foliage may be tinged red. Waxy, long-lasting, pink flowers occur in spring followed by red berries that turn purplish black as they mature in autumn.
This shrub prefers moist, well drained soil and partial shade. It is grown primarily for its foliage and makes an effective low hedge, foundation plant, or potted specimen. It self-sows prolifically and has become invasive in Florida and other areas.
Mark A. Miller
(Betel Nut Palm, Betel Palm)
Towering high above the tropical landscape, this fast-growing, single-stemmed palm from Southeast Asia is valued for its lush foliage and its colorful trunk and fruits. In much of southern Asia its seeds have long been prized as a stimulant.
The smooth tapering trunk of this tall palm is gray toward its base and green toward its tip, with conspicuous pale, bamboo-like bands. Eight to twelve enormous, medium green fronds arch from the trunk's apex, their clasping bases forming a smooth green...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Orange Crownshaft Palm)
Prized for its bright hues, this small to medium-sized, typically multi-trunked palm is found in rain forests in eastern Indonesia.
The smooth trunks of this palm are greenish gray toward the base and olive-green toward the tip, with conspicuous pale, silvery, orange-tinged, bamboo-like bands. About a dozen enormous, rich green fronds arch from each trunk's apex, their clasping bases forming a "crownshaft" that in some selections is vibrant orange, yellow, or orange-red. The feather-shaped fronds...
(Dwarf Sugar Palm, Formosa Palm)
Valued for its large, lush, tropical leaves and its remarkable cold hardiness, this small clump-forming palm is native to moist forested slopes in Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands. Its stems are monocarpic, each individual trunk dying after it flowers and fruits.
The enormous, feather-like, upright fronds are borne atop short slender trunks clothed with black hairy fibers. Each frond comprises numerous long narrow blade-shaped leaflets, paired along a midrib (or "rachis"). The stiff leaflets are...
Carol Cloud Bailey
A stately palm with immense fronds and a tall, shaggy trunk, this Indonesian native has long been cultivated in Southeast Asia for its sweet sap and tough fibers. A monocarpic plant, it dies after it flowers and fruits.
Borne on sturdy, fiber-coated leaf stems ("petioles"), the enormous, upright, evergreen fronds can be as long as a small bus. They cluster atop a solitary trunk that is densely thatched with gray or black burlap-like fibers and armed with thin, woody, skewer-like spines. Each...
(Argyranthemum, Sassy® White Argyranthemum, Sassy® White Marguerite Daisy)
The landscape-durable, shrubby Sassy® White Marguerite daisy - cultivar 'Arg Whit' - is admirable for its mounding foliage and numerous white daisy-like blossoms. A hybrid tender perennial developed in 2002 in The Netherlands, it's widely grown as an annual. First appearing early in the spring for a long flowering season, each flower opens with a golden center surrounded by short white petals. The blossoms are larger and begin to appear earlier in spring compared to the series companion cultivar...
(Argyranthemum, Shere™ Monroe Lemon Anemone Argyranthemum, Shere™ Monroe Lemon Anemone Marguerite Daisy)
Attractive, fine-textured foliage and anemone-like, buttery-yellow flowers set the Shere™ Monroe Lemon Anemone Marguerite daisy apart from others. It was developed by Dutch Syngenta plant breeders in 2003. A rounded, compact plant, the long-lasting flowers occur on self-branching stem tips. First appearing early in the spring for a long flowering season, the flower heads are semi-double. Instead of a golden eye center, a flattened crown of short petaloids create the anemone-like center. Surrounding...
(Argyranthemum, Shere™ Monroe White Argyranthemum, Shere™ Monroe White Marguerite Daisy)
Shere™ Monroe White Marguerite daisy is a very compact, ball-shaped plant that bears white daisy flowers. It was the result of a controlled breeding program by Syngenta Seeds in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. The compact growth habit, early flowering and little need for growth chemicals makes this cultivar unsurpassed for greenhouse potted gift plant production. First appearing early in the spring for a long flowering season, the flower heads have a golden eye center surrounded by a single or double...
(Argyranthemum, Shere™ Monroe Rose Argyranthemum, Shere™ Monroe Rose Marguerite Daisy)
Big pink daisy flowers that seem to float above a compact mound of dark, frilly foliage are qualities of the Shere™ Monroe Rose Marguerite daisy. It was the result of a controlled breeding program by Syngenta Seeds in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands in 2003. First appearing early in the spring for a long flowering season, the flower heads have a yellow eye center surrounded by a single row of rose-pink petals. The slightly pleated petals fade to lighter pink as the flower ages. The flowers measure up...