(Avondale Redbud, Chinese Redbud)
When 'Avondale' came onto the scene, its small size meant that the beauty of the Chinese redbud would fit spaces and gardens too small for the species. A deciduous shrub or small tree native to China and Japan, Cercis chinensis is found thriving in a wide range of growing conditions. One aspect of its beauty lies in its leaves: rounded hearts that hang gracefully from fine, reddish stems. They are held on the upright gray branches of a vase shaped shrub or multiple-trunk tree.
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Chinese Redbud, Don Egolf Redbud)
Larger in leaf and flower than eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), this Chinese native makes a beautiful shrub or small tree for sun or light shade. The bright purple-pink pea-flowers cluster along the upright gray branches in mid-spring, before the large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves emerge. Abundant green seedpods follow the flowers, maturing to brown. The leaves turn dull yellow in fall.
Less cold hardy than eastern redbud, Cercis chinensis shares its preference for well-drained,...
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(California Redbud, Western Redbud)
The drought tolerance and intense color make western redbud a top notch tree for dry gardens. It is native to the hill country of California, Arizona and Utah where the dry season can result in no rainfall for as long as six months a year. It prefers conditions from the toe of west facing foothill exposures to middle elevations. This prized member of the dry garden is a multi-stemmed tree in the wild, branching off a large underground woody crown. Its distinctive large heart-shaped leaves are often...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
(Chain Flowered Redbud, Pendulous Redbud)
Having the pretty heart-shaped foliage common among all redbuds, this species is unique with its pendent clusters of light pink flowers in mid-spring. Chain flowered redbud is an attractive decidious tree from western China that has a rounded canopy, pretty as a dual-purposed specimen flowering and small shade tree in the landscape.
The grayed sandy brown bark of the branches becomes less interesting in mid-spring once the pastel pink flower buds and glossy light green new leaves emerge. Leaves...
(Jessamine, Newell's Red Jessamine)
Thought to be a hybrid between Cestrum fasciculatum and Cestrum elegans, this large tender evergreen shrub bears spectacular clusters of dazzling red blooms all along its arching branches. The tubular flowers continue in abundance throughout most of summer and fall, attracting hummingbirds. Flowering may continue through winter in mild climates. Red-purple berries follow the flowers. The downy, narrowly oval leaves are medium to dark green.
Plant this showy shrub in any well-drained...
(Jessamine, Orange Peel Jessamine)
Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to its clusters of golden flowers, ‘Orange Peel’ jessamine brings floral splendor to the garden nearly year round. A hybrid, vigorously growing evergreen shrub, it was developed by crossing day-flowering jessamine (Cestrum diurnum) with the night-jessamine (C. nocturnum). The leaves are glossy green and lance-shaped, darkening as they age or receive full sunlight. Flowering most heavily in spring, it flowers less heavy the rest of the year...
(Chilean Jessamine, Willow Night-Jessamine)
At the tips of slender stems lined with narrow, willow-like leaves, Chilean jessamine blooms with clusters of muted-yellow, night-fragrant flowers in summer and autumn. A small, upright, deciduous shrub native to Chile, it dies to the ground after a frost, but grows as a perennial in cooler regions. The leaves are bright green when young, becoming mid to dark-green, and are long and narrowly linear or lance-shaped. From summer to autumn, the branch tips and nearby side stems show off clusters of...