Retail Availability - Spring 2014: SHRUBS

 

Running list for 2014 as of May 27th - please check for current availability

 


Abelia x grandiflora 'Little Richard'
Abutilon 'Mobile Pink'
Abutilon 'Smoked Salmon'
Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn'
Abutilon 'Victor Reiter'
Acacia cultriformis
Acca sellowiana
Acca sellowiana 'Coolidge'
Acer campestre 'Aurea'
Acer campestre 'Carnival'
Aesculus californica - Oregon collection
Alangium platanifolium
Aralia cordata 'Sun King' [seedlings]
Arbutus unedo 'Compacta'
Arctostaphylos 'Lolo'
Arctostaphylos 'Monica'
Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony'
Arctostaphylos glandulosa 'Cave's Pink'
Arctostaphylos glandulosa 'Rogue Gem'
Arctostaphylos glandulosa SBH 7804
Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Green on Black'
Arctostaphylos malloryi SBH 9145
Arctostaphylos manzanita 'St. Helena'
Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Upstanding'
Arctostaphylos morroensis
Arctostaphylos morroensis 'Nevin's Gray'
Argyrocytisus battandieri
Aristotelia fruticosa [DW]
Aucuba 'Gold Mound'
Aucuba japonica 'Fulkawa'
Aucuba japonica 'Merced'
Aucuba japonica 'Segami Bentan'
Azara integrifolia 'Variegata'
Azara microphylla 'Variegata'
Azara petiolaris
Baccharis pilularis 'Blue Mound'
Baccharis pilularis 'Creeping Green'
Baeckea gunnianagunn
Banksia marginata
Berberis calliantha
Berberis darwinii
Boronia megastigma 'Hot Chocolate''
Buddleja colvilei 'Kewensis'
Buddleja globosa
Bupleurum fruticosum
Bupleurum spinosum
Buxus harlandii
Buxus microphylla 'Curly Locks'
Buxus sempervirens 'Golden Swirl'
Buxus sempervirens 'Rotundifolia'
Callicarpa japonica 'Inagali'
Callicarpa japonica 'Snow Storm'
Callicarpa japonica var. luxurians
Callistemon citrinus
Callistemon pallidus 'Best Blue'
Callistemon pityoides 'Kosciuszko Princess'
Callistemon sieberi
Callistemon sieberi - dwarf yellow
Callistemon viridiflorus
Calycanthus occidentalis
Camellia 'Black Opal'
Camellia 'Cinnamon Cindy'
Camellia 'Debutante Benton'
Camellia 'Minato-no-haru'
Camellia 'Night Rider'
Camellia forrestii
Camellia japonica 'Black Magic'
Camellia japonica 'Brushfields Yellow'
Camellia japonica 'Flirtation'
Camellia japonica 'Silver Waves'
Camellia lutchuensis
Camellia sinensis 'Tea Breeze'
Camellia transnokoensis
Camellia x maliflora
Carmichaelia australis
Carpenteria californica - Sean’s Clone
Carpenteria californica 'Elizabeth'
Carpinus caroliniana JSM
Ceanothus 'Autumnal Blue'
Ceanothus 'Blue Jeans'
Ceanothus 'Blue Sapphire'
Ceanothus 'Concha'
Ceanothus 'Cynthia Postan'
Ceanothus 'Joyce Coulter'
Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps'
Ceanothus 'Oregon Mist'
Ceanothus 'Puget Blue'
Ceanothus 'Tuxedo'
Ceanothus cuneatus
Ceanothus cuneatus - Adair Village, OR
Ceanothus gloriosus ssp. exaltatus 'Emily Brown'
Ceanothus griseus 'Atomizer'
Ceanothus impressus
Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg'
Ceanothus maritimus 'Popcorn'
Ceanothus parryi 'Benton Blue'
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Black Diamond'
Chaenomeles sinensis
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea'
Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera - blue form
Choisya 'Goldfingers'
Choisya ternata 'Sundance'
Cinnamomum japonicum - blue leaf form
Cistus 'Little Gem'
Cistus 'Snow Fire'
Cistus crispus
Cistus ladanifer var. sulcatus 'Mallorca'
Cistus libanotis 'Major'
Cistus sp. - prostrate form
Cistus x bornetianus 'Jester'
Cistus x canescens 'Albus'
Cistus x dansereaui 'Portmeirion'
Cistus x florentinus
Cistus x gardianus
Citrus ichangensis
Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Golden Glory'
Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Spring Purple'
Colletia hystrix
Coprosma 'Beatson's Gold'
Coprosma 'Black Cloud'
Coprosma 'Cutie'
Coprosma 'Evening Glow'
Coprosma repens 'Marble Queen'
Coprosma repens 'Rainbow Surprise'
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis - Wanaka Lake, NZ
Cordyline australis 'Pink Stripe'
Cordyline australis 'Red Sensation'
Cornus kousa 'Aka tsuki'
Cornus kousa 'Summer Gold' p.p.#22,765
Cornus sericea 'Golden Surprise'
Cornus sericea 'Hedgerows Gold'
Cornus sessilis
Corokia 'Tutti Frutti'
Corokia cotoneaster 'Antons Dwarf'
Corokia cotoneaster 'Little Prince'
Corokia x virgata 'Orangerie'
Corokia x virgata 'Sunsplash'
Coronilla valentina ssp. glauca 'Variegata'
Corylopsis aff. pauciflora - evergreen form
Corylopsis spicata 'Aurea'
Corylus avellana 'Contorta'
Cotinus 'Grace'
Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit'
Cotoneaster microphyllus var. thymifolius
Crinodendron hookerianum
Cuphea cyanea
Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca'
Cupressus sempervirens 'Totem'
Cussonia paniculata ssp. sinuata - UCBG
Daphne 'Lawrence Crocker'
Daphne tangutica - Retusa Group
Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'
Daphne x transatlantica 'Alba Everblooming'
Decaisnea insignis
Dichroa febrifuga
Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'
Drimys lanceolata 'Suzette'
Drimys winteri var. chilensis
Edgeworthia chrysantha
Edgeworthia papyrifera
Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'
Elaeagnus pungens 'Clemson Variegated'
Elaeagnus pungens 'Hosoba-fukurin'
Elaeagnus rhamnoides 'Botanica'
Eriobotrya japonica
Eucryphia 'Penwith'
Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Pagoda'
Euonymus myrianthus
Euphorbia 'Blue Haze' PPAF
Eurya japonica 'Sea Brocade'
Fatsia japonica
Ficus aff. heterophylla DJHS 4307
Ficus afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre'
Ficus carica x pumila 'Ruth Bancroft'
Ficus heterophylla - small leaf form
Forsythia viridissima var. koreana 'Kumson'
Fothergilla x intermedia 'Blue Shadow'
Fremontodendron 'California Glory'
Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'
Fuchsia denticulata
Fuchsia magellanica 'David Palmer'
Fuchsia magellanica 'Riccartonii'
Fuchsia procumbens
Fuchsia regia var. serrae
Gardenia jasminioides Summer SnowPP #22, 797
Gardenia jasminoides 'Cream Picotee'
Gardenia jasminoides 'Rosedown Beauty'
Garrya congdonii
Garrya elliptica
Garrya elliptica 'Evie'
Garrya elliptica 'Roy Lancaster'
Garrya wrightii
Garrya x issaquahensis
Grevillea juniperina 'Low Red'
Grevillea juniperina 'Molonglo'
Griselinia littoralis 'Bantry Bay'
Hakea lissosperma
Halimium halimifolium f. maculatum
Halimium x pauanum
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise''
Hebe 'Patty's Purple'
Hebe 'Silver Dollar'
Hebe buchananii
Hebe cupressoides
Hebe glaucophylla 'Korbel Pewter'
Hebe venustula 'Sky Blue'
Helianthemum 'Cheviot'
Helianthemum nummularium 'Raspberry Ripple'
Helianthemum nummularium 'Wisley Primrose'
Helichrysum heldreichii - Hythe Form
Helichrysum selago var. tumidum x H. bellidioides UCSC 89.6
Huodendron tibeticum
Hydrangea arborescens 'Emerald Lace'
Hydrangea aspera 'Red Fred'
Hydrangea aspera 'Rocklon'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hatsushima'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mariesii'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mickanya'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Sun Goddess'
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee'
Hydrangea scandens 'Fragrant Splash'
Hydrangea serrata 'Acuminata'
Hydrangea serrata 'O-amacha Nishiki''
Ilex aquifolium 'Crassifolia'
Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
Ilex dimorphophylla x cornuta
Ilex rotunda
Ilex vomitoria 'William Fleming'
Illicium floridanum 'Head-Lee Compact'
Illicium henryi - Camellia Forest clone
Iochroma australe SBH 6129
Jasminum mesnyi 'Gold Tip'
Jasminum parkeri 'Phantom'
Kerria japonica 'Albescens'
Lagerstroemia 'Natchez'
Lagerstroemia 'Osage'
Laurus nobilis 'Aurea'
Lavandula stoechas 'Otto Quast'
Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'
Leptospermum lanigerum - Mt. Wall
Leptospermum namadgiensis
Leptospermum rupestre - Kate Bryant Collection
Leptospermum scoparium 'Washington Park Hardy'
Lespedeza liukiuensis 'Little Volcano'
Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Silver Angel'
Ligustrum japonicum 'Aureum'
Ligustrum japonicum 'Ko Ryu'
Ligustrum japonicum 'Rotundifolium'
Lithocarpus densiflorus var. echinoides SBH 7413
Lomatia myricoides - narrow leaf form
Lonicera nitida
Lonicera nitida 'Briloni'
Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty'
Lonicera nitida 'Red Tips'
Lonicera nitida 'Twiggy'
Lonicera standishii 'Platt Garden Form'
Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Sundae'
Loropetalum chinense 'Akebono'
Loropetalum chinense 'Snow Dance'
Luma apiculata
Luma chequen
Magnolia figo 'Port Wine'
Magnolia laevifolia - large form
Magnolia laevifolia 'Free Spirit'
Magnolia laevifolia 'Velvet & Cream'
Mahonia fortunei 'Curlyque'
Mahonia gracilipes
Mahonia lomariifolia
Mahonia pinnata ssp. insularis 'Shnilemoon'
Mahonia x media 'Charity'
Mahonia x media 'Underway'
Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun'
Melaleuca spathulata
Melianthus major - Ginny Hunt
Melicytus crassifolius UCSC 2007.19
Metapanax delavayi
Metapanax delavayi 'Stout'
Metrosideros kermadecensis 'Variegata'
Mitraria coccinea - David Mason’s Robust
Musella lasiocarpa
Myrtus 'Redside'
Myrtus communis 'Ann McDonald'
Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream'
Nandina domestica var. leucocarpa
Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low'
Nerium oleander 'Hardy Pink'
Olearia lepidophylla
Olearia macrodonta UCSC 1991.585
Olearia paniculata
Olearia x haastii
Osmanthus 'Jim Porter'
Osmanthus armatus - Forest Farm Clone
Osmanthus fragrans 'Benekei'
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki'
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus'
Osmanthus x fortunei 'Ninth & Polk'
Osmanthus yunnanensis
Othonna cheirifolia
Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius
Penstemon pinifolius 'Mersea Yellow'
Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile'
Philadelphus 'Innocence'
Philadelphus lewisii SBH 6826
Philadelphus madrensis
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold'
Pittosporum divaricatum
Pittosporum eugenioides var. minor 'Variegata'
Pittosporum heterophyllum
Pittosporum heterophyllum 'Winter Frost'
Pittosporum illiciodes - narrow leaf cl. 2
Pittosporum illiciodes 'Cloud Nine'
Pittosporum patulum
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Argentea Nana'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Atropurpureum'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Gold Star'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'James Stirling'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Nutty Leprechaun'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Purpureum'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Ruffles'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Victoria'
Pittosporum tobira 'Shima'
Pittosporum tobira 'Spring Bouquet'
Pittosporum tobira 'Tall n Tough'
Pittosporum tobira 'Turner's Dwarf'
Podocarpus alpinus 'County Park Fire'
Podocarpus chingianus UCSC 95-97
Polyspora macrocarpa DJHMV 041
Poncirus trifoliata x Citrus sinensis ‘Rusk’
Prunus lusitanica
Pseudopanax 'Sabre'
Pseudopanax discolor - Nelson, NZ
Pyracantha 'Harlequin'
Quercus kelloggii
Quercus sadleriana SBH 7210.1
Quercus vaccinifolia
Rhamnus alaternus 'John Edwards'
Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia'
Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor'
Rhaphiolepis umbellata f. ovata
Ribes 'Pink Pearl'
Ribes sanguineum 'Elk River'
Ribes speciosum 'Pincushion'
Ribes speciosum 'Rana Creek'
Romneya coulteri
Rosa 'Mutabilis'
Rosa glauca
Ruscus hypoglossum
Salvia corrugata
Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'
Sambucus nigra f. laciniata
Sarcococca ruscifolia
Sarcococca salicifolia
Schefflera delavayi
Solanum quitoense
Solanum umbelliferum var. incanum 'Indians Grey'
Stachyurus 'Magpie'
Stachyurus praecox 'Sterling Silver'
Stachyurus salicifolius
Sycopsis sinensis - narrow leaf form
Syringa x laciniata
Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea'
Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum'
Trochodendron aralioides
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blueray'
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Sunshine Blue'
Viburnum aff. cinnamomifolium EDHCH 97330
Viburnum cylindricum 'Roy Lancaster'
Viburnum foetidum var. quadrangularis
Viburnum harryanum
Viburnum henryi
Viburnum japonicum 'Variegatum'
Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki
Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki 'Chindo'
Viburnum opulus 'Exuberant'
Viburnum propinquum
Viburnum x burkwoodii
Weigela 'Looymansii Aurea'
x Fatshedera lizei - large leaf
x Fatshedera lizei 'Angyo Star'
x Fatshedera lizei 'Annemieke'
x Fatshedera lizei 'Curly'
x Fatshedera lizei 'Variegata'
x Rhaphiolepis 'Majestic Beauty'

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Abelia x grandiflora 'Little Richard'
Small and fast-growing abelia, from a hybrid cross between A. chinensis and A. uniflora, reaching only 3 ft x 3 ft with dense, evergreen foliage that shows bronze highlights in winter. Useful in the landscape and suitable for a hedge. Flowers, small and white, begin in May and continue sporadically throughout the season. Sun to part shade with average summer water. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 6, resprouting in upper zone 5.
Caprifoliaceae

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Abutilon 'Mobile Pink' flowering maple
Flared and ruffled pink flowers on this compact shrub, to only 4 ft. Sun to lots of shade with average water and fertilizer. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8b. Mulch in place in a protected spot for extra winter hardiness. Does well in containers.
Malvaceae

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Abutilon 'Smoked Salmon' flowering maple
Lovely, orange blossoms in the shape of flared bells makes this Abutilon eye-catching. A reliable repeat bloomer from spring until frost. Compact plant growing approx 2ft x 2ft. Sun to shade. Great container plant or temporary garden plant. Frost hardy to USDA zone 9b. A great flowering maple.
Malvaceae

Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn'

Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn'flowering maple
Probably one of the oldest abutilon cultivars (from the Victorian era), but sadly, also one of the least hardy. Large, maple-like, variegated leaves, green splashed white, and large, hanging-bell, apricot-orange flowers with dark veins to be enjoyed over a long bloom season. We keep ours in a pot or replace it each spring. Well worth it! Frost hardy in USDA zone 9.
Malvaceae

Abutilon 'Victor Reiter'

Abutilon 'Victor Reiter'flowering maple
Large, richly hued orange flowers face downward over a long bloom season on this 6-8 ft shrub Best in a protected spot, out of afternoon blasty sun and where it can grow up through another plant. One of the best of the flowering maples. Summer water and generous fertilizer. Frost hardy in the mid teems F, USDA zone 8b.
Malvaceae

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Acacia cultriformis knife-leaf wattle
Widely cultivated tall shrub, 6-10 ft, from Australia. Drooping branches with blue-gray, almost triangular leaf-like phyllodes (flattened leaf stalks) held close to the stems. Perfumed, rounded clusters of bright yellow spring flowers on long sprays. Excellent for hedging. Full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Thought to be frost hardy in USDA zone 8 but difficulties in the recent hard winters suggest upper zone 8, e.g., so best where protection can be provided in cold winter moments.
Fabaceae

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Acca sellowiana pineapple guava
This gorgeous large shrub or small tree from southwestern Brazil and northern Argentina can be maintained as a shrub at 6 ft or pushed along into a tree of upwards of 12 ft. The attractions: evergreen leaves backed in a powdery silver, orange-red shredding bark, and sweetly edible white petals surrounding a boss of red stamens. Also, delicious fruit in a good year if a partner is nearby. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae

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Acca sellowiana 'Coolidge' pineapple guava
A self-fruiting pineapple guava!!! This gorgeous plant can be maintained as a large shrub at 6 ft tall or pushed along into a small tree to upwards of 12 ft. These are stunning plants with bluish leaves backed in a powdery silver, orange-red shredding bark, and, in summer, exotic flowers with sweetly edible white petals surrounding a boss of red stamens. Best in sun to part shade with summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae

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Acer campestre 'Aurea' golden hedge maple
Small tree or multi-stemmed shrub maple, useful as a street or shade tree and can be pruned to form a dense hedge. To 25 ft tall and wide, this native of Europe and western Asia is deciduous and low-branched with dense foliage, in this form emerging a yellowish green and maturing to dark green over the season. Full sun for best color and well-drained soil with regular summer water. Tolerates some drought once established. Tolerant of city life and frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Sapindaceae

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Acer campestre 'Carnival' variegated hedge maple
Lovely, bright hedge maple, to only 8-10 ft tall or so in as many years, with foliage that emerges pink, cream, and green and matures to a nearly white with green centers and pink blush on the leaf margins. Fall colors are yellow and white. A bright spot in any garden, tolerating bright sun and part shade as well. Needs regular summer water for best appearance. Deciduous and frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Sapindaceae

Aesculus californica - Oregon collection

Aesculus californica - Oregon collectioncalifornia buckeye
Large deciduous shrub to small tree, typically multi-stemmed, native to dry slopes in California and southwestern Oregon. Compound leaves have 5 leaflets, dark green and finely toothed. Hummingbirds love the cylindrical panicles of sweet-scented, creamy white flowers, pink tinged in early summer. The fig-shaped fruits that follow open to a stunning, shiny chestnut...of the non-edible sort. Accepts summer moisture and tolerates heat and summer drought, often beginning to drop leaves in mid summer. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Sapindaceae

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Alangium platanifolium
Graceful large shrub to small tree, to 6-8 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide, for a dampish woodland setting in well-drained soil. Indeed, Sycamore-like, deciduous leaves gracefully held on parallel branches with white to cream flowers hanging beneath in late spring to early summer.
Cornaceae

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Aralia cordata 'Sun King' [seedlings]
Seedlings of this wonderfully bold perennial with dazzling golden foliage, often on red stems. Grows quickly to 3 ft tall and wide, with spikes of aralia type white flowers in summer followed by purple-black berries. Lovely in a woodland, planted in front of darker foliage, say broad-leaved evergreens, or under-planted with such lovelies as black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'). Enjoys consistently moist soil and a bit of shade at least in the hottest climates. Frost hardy to USDA zone 4.
Araliaceae

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Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' compact strawberry tree
A rather compact-growing strawberry tree, to only 5-6 ft tall and wide in 10 years, eventually 10 ft or so, with small white-blushed-pink flowers in autumn, followed by bright orange-red fruits -- edible alone and tasty in preserves. Foliage is evergreen on red twigs and bark is handsome -- reddish, rough and shreddy. Full sun to dappled shade with good drainage and little summer water once established. Cold hardy in USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae

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Arctostaphylos 'Lolo'
A Cistus introduction. Our collection, from the top of Lolo Pass on the northeast shoulder of Oregon's Mt. Hood. This natural hybrid between A. nevadensis and A. columbiana forms a mounding shrub to 18" -2' tall x 3-4' in width with oh-so-fashionable gray-green leaves held on burgundy-tinted stems. Then, as if that weren't enough, cheery light pink flowers appear in winter and spring. Spills if placed atop a bank, wall, or container. As usual with manzanitas, prefers summer dryness and lean soil. Sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7, possibly even 6.
Ericaceae

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Arctostaphylos 'Monica'
Selected by Louis Edmonds, this cross between A. manzanita and A. densiflora is an upright shrub to 10 ft or more and can be trained as high as 15 ft. A handsome plant with green leaves, spring flowers that are many shades of pink and white -- both lovely against the dark mahogany bark that sheds in small curls. Easy in the garden, tolerating less than ideal conditions. More accepting of some summer water than most manzanitas but we recommend weaning after September to slow any luxurious growth before winter. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae

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Arctostaphylos densiflora 'Harmony' harmony manzanita
Another special manzanita. Taller and larger-leaved than other cultivars of the species, this one simply has more of that California manzanita, “summer water is for pansies” presence to it. The dark, mahogany bark is enough for me, and lovely with the pink bell flowers in spring. Evergreen, to 6 ft tall or so x 5 ft wide in well-drained soil; full sun on the coast and, perhaps, a bit of afternoon shade inland. Drought tolerant but accepts occasional summer water. Cold hardy to 5F, mid USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae

Arctostaphylos glandulosa 'Cave's Pink'

Arctostaphylos glandulosa 'Cave's Pink' manzanita
A Cistus introduction. A long underused manzanita with a native range from Baja to Oregon, this selection, from just southwest of Oregon's Caves National Monument, grows to 6 ft with mahogany bark, peachy pink flowers in late winter to spring all amid pink-tinted blue leaves. Can you believe it? Basal sprouting, so, unlike other manzanitas, can be cut back if you must. Fairly tolerant of garden water if the soil is well-drained. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae

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Arctostaphylos glandulosa 'Rogue Gem'
A Cistus introduction. Another of our series of A. glandulosa, this, from the reaches above Oregon's Rogue River canyon, spreads to a multiple stemmed mound, 3 ft tall x an eventual 6 ft wide, with deep chocolate brown stems, glossy green leaves, and very pale pink flowers from late winter through late spring depending on weather. Can be cut back. Dappled shade to bright sun with decent drainage. Tolerant of some summer irrigation. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae

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Arctostaphylos glandulosa SBH 7804

Ericaceae

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Arctostaphylos hookeri 'Green on Black' hooker's mazanita
A Cistus Introduction. This compact clone from the Huckleberry Hill area of California's Monterey County is another in a great series of this most useful garden shrub. To only 18" high and wide, with particularly round, shiny green foliage and abundant, small pink flowers in late winter. Tolerant of both sand and clay, these like a bit of summer drought but are not incredibly happy over 100 F in particularly hot inland places. Works well as an understory to a larger arctostaphylos or as a fine ground cover where the leaf form and the wiry blackish stem can be seen. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae

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Arctostaphylos malloryi SBH 9145

Ericaceae

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Arctostaphylos manzanita 'St. Helena'
From Napa Valley in California, a beautiful form of a very useful genus in the west -- plants to 6 ft or so in time, or to 10ft if helped along a bit. Deep green leaves of only about 1” and dark mahogany stems. The late winter flowers are white aging to shell pink. Very happy with summer drought, but also, unlike many manzanitas, willing to tolerate some summer garden water -- but only some so best not to overdue it. Mineral soil is best and full sun to dappled shade. Sadly, intolerant of conditions in the east coast states.like North Carolina and Idaho. Low USDA zone 8.
Ericaceae

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Arctostaphylos manzanita 'Upstanding'
A Cistus introduction. From Northern Lake County California "amid a grove" of like-minded manzanitas, this form is particularly large -- to 15 ft or more but easily maintained at 4-5 ft -- with an upright habit, red stems, and green leaves slightly tinted mauve. Outstanding as a backdrop with very pale pink flowers occurring anywhere from the end of December through February. And yes, there is more ... most attractive, muscular, orange-red bark to set it all off. Of all our recent selections, this is among the top. Full sun to lightly dappled shade with good air circulation. More tolerant than most of some summer garden water but don't overdo it. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Ericaceae

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Arctostaphylos morroensis morro manzanita
This silver-leaved manzanita, endemic to California, can reach 6 ft tall x 10 ft wide. Bark is red-gray and peels away from the trunk, quite handsomely. Small bell-flowers are blushed pink in mid winter producing small, red drupes. Happy in lean, very well-drained soil with hardly any summer water. Loves sun and more sun. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8, likely into upper zone 7.
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Arctostaphylos morroensis 'Nevin's Gray'
Named by Cistus Nursery, but actually introduced via a batch of seedlings from the infamous horticulturist Nevin Smith. Native to fossilized sand dunes just east of Morrow Bay in south central California, these pearly gray leaved, mahogany-stemmed, pale pink flowered beauties mound to about 3 to 5 ft wide, this selection remaining particularly compact and silvery. Can also be lightly trimmed. If you do not own a fossilized sand dune, then any well-drained soil will do. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8. Careful with summer water.
Ericaceae

Argyrocytisus battandieri

Argyrocytisus battandieripineapple broom
The Moroccan pineapple broom is a shocker in bloom. You’ll be blown away by the fruity pineapple fragrance pouring out of the bright yellow Laburnum-like flowers. The silvery, fuzzy, evergreen foliage is very attractive as well as aromatic A large shrub or small tree, to 10-15 ft if allowed. Can be multi-trunked. For full sun and good drainage with water to establish. Drought tolerant thereafter. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
Fabaceae

Aristotelia fruticosa [DW]

Aristotelia fruticosa [DW]mountain wineberry
Slow growing, evergreen shrub or small tree, with tiny, slightly toothed, oblong leaves of medium green on wiry, dense branches. Inconspicuous flowers are followed by little purple fruits -- very decorative. This collection at the University of California at Santa Cruz, reaches 8-10 ft tall with a rounded shape. Best in sun to part shade with good drainage and regular summer water, but tolerates brief periods of drought. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. To maintain the juvenile foliage, it's lovely shape and dark color, cut back frequently.
Elaeocarpaceae

Aucuba 'Gold Mound'

Aucuba 'Gold Mound'gold-dust plant
Yes, we have said before that aucubas are cool. This cultivar, selected and named by plantsman Ted Stephens of Nurseries Carolinianus, reaches only 3 ft or so with a rounded habit. The 5", scalloped and rounded leaves are speckled and streaked with gold and cream - almost appearing entirely golden. Berries are orange turning nearly red in autumn and winter especially if a female clone is nearby. Great for dry shade (such as under dusty stairwells) or as a long lived container specimen. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 6.
Garryaceae

Aucuba japonica 'Fulkawa'

Aucuba japonica 'Fulkawa'

Garryaceae

Aucuba japonica 'Merced'

Aucuba japonica 'Merced'
Classic and very handsome, evergreen shrub to brighten the deepest shade, this form, named at Cistus, having variegated foliage almost entirely gold and merely spreckled with green. Easy in the garden, thriving in most situations of dappled shade to shade with some summer water. Plants can reach 4 ft tall x 3 ft wide; a stunning presence in the shade garden. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Aucuba japonica 'Segami Bentan'
Classic and handsome, evergreen shrub to brighten the deepest shade, this form having nearly entirely golden foliage with a few green bits and spreckles for a bright shimmery look. As with all acubas, easy in the garden, thriving in most situations of dappled shade to shade with some summer water for best appearance. Plants can reach 4 ft tall x 3 ft wide; a stunning presence in the shade garden. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Garryaceae

Azara integrifolia 'Variegata'

Azara integrifolia 'Variegata'variegated goldspire azara
A lovely, variegated shrub to small tree, to 14 ft tall x 10-12 ft wide, this Chilean evergreen has small rounded leaves of green with wide, creamy white edging, and pink overtones especially in cold weather. The small, yellow flowers that appear in late winter to early spring are followed by small, black fruit. A cheerful addition to the garden in sun to part shade with at least occasional summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Salicaceae

Azara microphylla 'Variegata'

Azara microphylla 'Variegata'variegated boxleaf azara
Extremely handsome, small and arching, evergreen tree, very slow-growing to 15 ft, with small leaves variegated green, cream and white, and, in late spring, tiny spring flowers that are intensely scented (with the aroma of white chocolate -- or so our friends insist). Orange berries follow for autumn interest. Site in cool sun or part shade in well-drained soil with regular summer water. Can be used in container as a showoff specimen. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8, suffering possible leaf damage below 15F.
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Azara petiolaris
One of the smaller species, to only 8-10 ft tall, with densely layered branches & deep green 1/2" leaves adorned with creamy yellow, strongly fragrant powder puffs in spring followed by metallic blue fruit in fall. From dry, high elevations in Chile, it's one of the most summer drought tolerant, but regular water is best for appearance and reasonable growth. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, or less.
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Baccharis pilularis 'Blue Mound' coyote bush
A Cistus introduction, from serpentine coastal bluffs in Harris Beach State Park on the southern Oregon coast. This compact male clone grows to only 3 ft high x 5 ft wide with waxy, blue cast foliage. Replete in winter with little pink brushes adorning the entire shrub, this good evergreen, ground-hugging plant makes the various winter pollinators deliriously happy. Us, too. Best in sun and infertile soil with low summer water. Especially happy in coastal conditions. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Baccharis pilularis 'Creeping Green' coyote bush
A Cistus introduction. Found on the windswept Oregon coast, this grounding covering, evergreen shrub, to about 3 ft tall x 6 ft wide, has 1/2", dusty green foliage brushed gray-blue and, in late fall to early spring, creamy flowers. Tolerant of summer drought once established, this is good, large scale ground cover for the dry garden in sun to part shade where drainage is good. Frost hardy to the bottom of USDA zone 8.
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Baeckea gunnianagunn
Evergreen, alpine shrub from Tasmania, rare in cultivation and perfect for the small garden, growing to only 18-24" tall x 24-36" wide, with smooth textured, aromatic foliage that is densely held and flowers that are white, simple, and abundant. Likes cool, peaty soil to give it a little rhododendron-osity. Keep moist in summer. Frost hardy in USDA 8 and loves coastal conditions.
Myrtaceae

Banksia marginata

Banksia marginatasilver banksia
Evergreen shrub to small tree with a dense canopy of long, narrow, finely toothed leaves, medium green on top and silvery underneath for a bright, bicolor appearance. Yellow, bottle-brush flowers appear often but particularly in late summer through fall, making bees and hummingbirds very happy. Sun to slight shade with good drainage in almost any soil. Tolerates some drought once established and accepts moderate summer water. This form, collected the high plateau of Central Tasmania and shared with us by plantsman Ian Barclay, is expected to be one of the most frost hardy; tough, so far, to 15-18F, USDA zone 8b, and we are hoping for reports of lower temperatures.
Proteaceae

Berberis calliantha

Berberis callianthablack-berried barberry
A very pretty barberry and a good foundation plant or accent for the garden where prickly leaves won't molest a passerby. Evergreen, these shrubs, to 3-5 ft tall x 3 ft wide but easily trimmed, have small, holly-like leaves, dark green and shiny, contrasting with the reddish brown stems. Spring flowers are light yellow, inverted cups, nearly 1" across; autumn berries are blue-black as the common name suggest. Easy in sun to light shade with some summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Berberis darwinii
A striking barberry, the flowers, bright yellow-orange on red stems, are showy and cheerful over a long season in spring. Evergreen shrubs to 8 ft tall and nearly as wide, with arching branches and spiny leaves, dark green above and lighter below. Native to Chile and Argentina, these handsome plants enjoy full sun to part shade in reasonably well-drained soil with average summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Boronia megastigma 'Hot Chocolate''
Burgundy flowers in winter and spring on this small, evergreen shrub. Fragrant flowers and aromatic foliage. Prefers sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Especially good in pots where protection can be provided when temperatures drop to the low 20s F, USDA zone 9.
Rutaceae

Buddleja colvilei 'Kewensis'

Buddleja colvilei 'Kewensis'
A very old cultivar of this "best of the buddlejas", selected at Kew Gardens for it's darker-than-the-species red flowers in lovely and lush terminal panicles during the summer. Same pointed and felted leaves as the species and a similar size, e.g. quickly to 10-15 ft tall, so a very large shrub to small tree needing lots of room. (This species resents the severe pruning that keeps its cousins smaller.) Best in full sun and well-drained soil with regular water and protection from wind. Evergreen in mild climates and frost hardy in USDA zone 8. Resprouts from the roots in zone 7.
Scrophulariaceae

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosaorange ball tree
To see it in bloom is to covet this cheerful plant, ours a Cistus collection from the highlands of Argentina. To 6-12 ft tall or so with long, narrow, "woolly" leaves of green-silver-grey and copious, 2" diameter, orange-yellow, puffball flowers.-- fragrant of course. Full sun and well-drained soil with regular water. Frost hardy and deciduous in USDA zone 7; semi-evergreen in upper zone 8 and above.
Scrophulariaceae

Bupleurum fruticosum

Bupleurum fruticosumshrubby hare's ear
Graceful evergreen shrub from southern Europe and the Mediterranean regions with shiny, prominently veined, dark blue-green leaves on branches that become ever more graceful, bending under their own weight as the plant reaches its mature height of 4-5 ft. Yellow flowers in 3-4” umbels add spice and contrast from July to September. Thrives in sun to part sun with well-drained soil of average fertility. Drought tolerant, so little summer water once established. Very tolerant of salt spray in coast areas. Cold hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Apiaceae

Bupleurum spinosum

Bupleurum spinosumspiny hare's ear
This is one of the smaller bupleurum species, forming a small mound of dense, evergreen foliage, blue-green and spine-tipped, remaining under 2 ft tall. In spring plants are covered with angular sprays of teenyweeny yellow flowers that are both striking and sculptural in the garden. Tolerates dry summer conditions once established, requiring little summer water in full sun and gritty soil that drains well. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
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Buxus harlandii harland boxwood
Handsome boxwood, to 4-6 ft tall and vase-shaped, with shiny, leathery leaves, narrow and slightly notched at the top. This dense, mounding shrub makes a wonderful hedge, easily sheered to shape. Spring flowers are pale yellow and very inconspicuous. Prefers sun to part shade in well-drained soil with average moisture but quite tolerant of summer drought once established. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
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Buxus microphylla 'Curly Locks'
A most attractive small boxwood, slow growing to 3 ft or so with narrow curled leaves, just as the name would imply, providing wonderful texture for the garden. Evergreen with leaves tinting only faintly to that dead meat look of winter boxwood (ok, so we could have found a better descriptor). This, however, is offset by the typical male cat fragrance given off by most boxwoods....hummmm. Frost hardy to below 0F, into USDA zone 6. And all this can be yours brightening that somewhat shaded spot with a bit of summer water.
Buxaceae

Buxus sempervirens 'Golden Swirl'

Buxus sempervirens 'Golden Swirl'golden common box
A collection from a lone surviving shrub in the shade of an ancient pecan in a North Portland “garden”, this 8 ft boxwood has a tall, rather narrow habit, with upright branchlets and a pleasing creamy-gold variegation throughout the leaves. Drought tolerant and vigorous. You should have one. We would like to see it used as good garden furniture. Considering its “habitat” it must be very drought tolerant and, from the original plant’s appearance, able to withstand occasional pruning with chainsaws. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6, at least.
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Buxus sempervirens 'Rotundifolia'
Shared with us by Luen Miller, this statuesque boxwood reaches a narrow 6-8 ft with round, shiny leaves held pleasingly outward from the branches and turning purple bronze in winter. A nice large texture and lovely winter color. Part shade to full sun with regular summer water at least until established. Frost hardy at least into the upper reaches of USDA zone 6, possibly colder.
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Callicarpa japonica 'Inagali' japanese beautyberry
Diminutive beauty berry, to only 4.5 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, with abundant pale lilac berries in autumn on a smaller scale plant than most found on the market. A deciduous addition to the garden's autumn colors, the vibrant lemon yellow leaves creating a great contrast to the berries. Easy in full sun to half shade with regular summer for best fruiting. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5. Excellent container plant.
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Callicarpa japonica 'Snow Storm' snow storm japanese callicarpa
This graceful shrub is a beauty both in fruit and leaf with new foliage emerging white, maturing to speckled green and white and eventually becoming green in late summer. To 3-4 ft tall x 30" wide, fitting into any garden where the stunning, bright purple fruit can show off in the fall. Ohhhh! Surprisingly tolerant of sun but we suggest some afternoon protection. Regular to frequent summer water. Be the first on your block to have this lovely creature. Deciduous and frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
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Callicarpa japonica var. luxurians japanese beautyberry
A robust beautyberry from, indeed, Japan -- think Callicarpa 'Profusion’ but with arching branches to 8 ft or more and larger, deep lavender-purple berries. For us, at the height of color as the leaves turn gold in October and November. Perfect for a woodland garden in dappled shade where sun is very hot or sun in the East. In the West we give ours a bit more sun to encourage early fruit ripening with at least occasional summer water to push it ahead. So far has tested frost hardy to upper USDA zone 6.
Lamiaceae

Callistemon citrinus

Callistemon citrinuscrimson bottlebrush
Medium sized, evergreen shrub, to 8-10 ft tall, with handsome, narrow leaves that are lemony when crushed and crimson-red, “bottlebrush" flowers in June and July. A hummingbird's friend. This Australian native makes a great border shrub or small, specimen tree in full sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant as well once established! Can also tolerate a bit of frost. Evergreen to 18F, or so, upper USDA Zone 8, and root hardy, resprouting from the base in colder temperatures.
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Callistemon pallidus 'Best Blue' lemon bottlebrush
A Cistus introduction: definitely a collector's callistemon, selected from our blues. Dense evergreen shrub, marked by its striking, aromatic, blue leaves and new growth made silky with silver hairs. Blooms in late spring to early summer with pale yellow bottlebrush flowers, a nice contrast to the blue foliage. To 10 ft wide x 8 ft wide. Best in full sun and lean, well-drained soil with regular summer water until established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae

Callistemon pityoides 'Kosciuszko Princess'

Callistemon pityoides 'Kosciuszko Princess'alpine bottlebrush
A particularly frost hardy callistemon collected on the upper slopes of Australia's Mt. Kosciuszko, this small bottlebrush, to 3-6 ft tall, has finely textured, long and narrow, evergreen leaves and pale yellow, “bottlebrush” flowers in late spring and early summer. Best in full sun to part shade with summer water, though quite drought tolerant once established. One of the hardiest of the genus, performing well to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Callistemon sieberi river bottlebrush
Yet another very hardy bottlebrush, this from southeastern Australia, found growing along creek beds and tolerant of both wet and dry conditions. This fountain-like shrub with fine-textured, narrow leaves can be pruned to maintain a dense structure or allowed to grow to its expected height of 6 ft or so. This form has tight chartreuse, 'bottlebrush" flowers in spring, often repeated in summer. Best in sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7.
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Callistemon sieberi - dwarf yellow
A smaller form of a narrow-leaved, fountain-like shrub that tolerates both wet and dry conditions. To 5-6 ft tall and wide with yellow, bottlebrush flowers in spring and occasionally again in summer. A selection from one of the hardiest of the bottle brushes insoutheastern Australia. Can be pruned to maintain a density. Sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7.
Myrtaceae

Callistemon viridiflorus

Callistemon viridiflorusmountain bottlebrush
Small and compact evergreen bottlebrush, to 5 ft tall x 6 ft wide, this from cuttings of a specimen in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Arching branches carry small, glossy leaves and, in mid summer, soft, greenish yellow, "bottlebrush" flowers. Best in a hot, sunny position, well-drained with occasional summer water. Easily frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, and very likely into zone 7 in optimum conditions.
Myrtaceae

Calycanthus occidentalis

Calycanthus occidentalisspice bush
Deciduous shrub, 8-10 ft tall, native to the mountains of central and northern California. “Fancy” red-maroon flowers appear late spring to late summer Lovely and slightly aromatic though the leaves and twigs are the truly spicy element. Prefers sun; accepts part shade. Likes well-drained soil and moisture. Somewhat deer resistant. Frost hardy to the single digits F, upper USDA zone 7.
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Camellia 'Black Opal'
Lovely dark-flowered camellia with semi-double blossoms of black-red marked with a central cluster of golden anthers. A slow growing shrub, to only 3-4 ft tall after 10-12 years, with densely held, narrow, evergreen leaves and a habit of flowering late in the season around mid-spring. Like it's close relative C. 'Night Rider' the new growth has red overtones. A must have plant for any garden. Part shade with protection from the afternoon sun in rich soil with regular summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. For those who love nomenclature, the parentage is a follows: a hybrid of C. x williamsii 'Ruby Bells' (= C. saluenensis x C. japonica 'Fuyajo') and C. japonica 'Kuro Tsubaki'.
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Camellia 'Cinnamon Cindy'
Yes, the flowers are cinnamon scented on this hybrid cross between Camellia japonica 'Kenyo-tai' and C. lutchensis, a Chinese species! Evergreen, to 10 ft tall in as many years, with lovely peony-like flowers -- white flushed with pink and very delicate -- that appear in mid-winter. Leaves too are flushed red in new growth. Best in light shade with regular summer water. Can also be grown in container. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Camellia 'Debutante Benton' DEBUTANT CAMELLIA
Camellia 'Debutante', a close relative, is a slow growing shrub, to 6-8 ft tall though taller with great age, with the typical green, glossy leaves of C. japonica and, in spring, large, pink, peony-like flowers. The Japanese cultivar 'Debutante Benton', brought to us by Lance Reiners, is a variegated form, adding the interest of slightly ruffle-edged leaves decorated with a central golden marking or blotch. Evergreen, of course, and happy in dappled shade or morning sun with summer water and fertilizer. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Theaceae

Camellia 'Minato-no-haru'

Camellia 'Minato-no-haru'
A lovely and difficult to find camellia, evergreen, to 6 ft tall, with an upright form and graceful, somewhat pendulous habit. Deep pink, single flowers appear in great numbers in mid to late spring and into summer. And they are sweetly fragrant! This charming hybrid originated in Japan as cross between C. japonica 'Konwabisuke' and C. lutchuensis. For sun to light shade with moderate water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Theaceae

Camellia 'Night Rider'

Camellia 'Night Rider'
The "black" camellia has dark red, semi-double flowers that are darker on the undersides -- very dark and gorgeous in late winter, early spring. New foliage also has red overtones. An evergreen shrub, upright and somewhat compact to only 4-5 ft tall and wide, this is a must have plant for any garden in part shade with protection from the afternoon sun and rich soil with regular summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. (For those who love nomenclature, the parentage is a follows: a hybrid of C. x williamsii 'Ruby Bells' (= C. saluenensis x C. japonica 'Fuyajo') and C. japonica 'Kuro Tsubaki'.)
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Camellia forrestii
A much sought-after and hard to find camellia, this sweet and rather demure, Chinese form, is grown not only for its beloved, pink-blushed buds that open to 1” long, bell flowers, but also for the, small, leaves that emerge bronzed and darken to glossy green. May reach 6 ft in time with a graceful weeping habit. Morning sun would be best with summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Camellia japonica 'Black Magic'
Stately tall shrub, even small tree, to 8-10 ft with large glossy leaves and, from late fall through February, drooping bell-like flowers of such deep orange-red as to almost appear black. Backlit in winter sun, they positively glow. We have ours planted with an assortment of black hellebores and Chaenomoles japoncia 'Atsuya Hamada'. Sun in coastal climates; dappled shade inland. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Camellia japonica 'Brushfields Yellow'
Compact, upright camellia from the famed Brushfield Nursery, to 6-8 ft tall and wide, with cream to pale yellow, semi-double flowers in abundance in late winter to early spring. This selection remains one of our favorites with its pyramidal shade and flowers that create a lovely contrast against dark green foliage. We have pale yellow hellebores planted at the base of our specimen to take the color to ground level. Full sun in all but the hottest places to dappled shade with decent drainage. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Camellia japonica 'Flirtation'
A delicious camellia propagated by cuttings from a southeast Portland garden once the property of a camellia collector and now owned by well-known Portlanders, John & Capriel Pence. To 8-10 ft tall as a large shrub or lifted to tree shape, these flower in late winter to early spring, the single flowers both clear and vibrant light pink. Best in part sun with regular summer water at least until well-established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Camellia japonica 'Silver Waves'
It's the lovely flowers that set this winter blooming camellia apart -- large, semi-double flowers of the whitest white with wavy-edged petals and generous yellow stamens -- a standout against the dark green, typical C. japonica foliage. An upright and slow-growing shrub that can reach 10-12 ft tall x 3-8 ft wide in time. Evergreen, of course, and enjoying part shade in rich, acid soil that drains well. Mulch as winter protection for shallow roots and water regularly in the summer. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Theaceae

Camellia lutchuensis

Camellia lutchuensisfragrant camellia
A special tea camellia, dainty in all its parts. The flowers are particularly wonderful; with the sweetest fragrance of any camellia, they are single and white emerging from pink buds as 1-1.5" flared blossoms with the faintest hints of pink. The evergreen leaves, too, are smaller than C. japonica, though still shiny dark green. Plants reach to 6 ft tall or a bit more x 3-4 ft wide in acid soil, protected from the hottest sun and provided regular summer water. Fully frost hardy to 18 to 20F, USDA zone 8b, protection should be provided when temperatures drop below 15 to 18F. A fine container plant.
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Camellia sinensis 'Tea Breeze'
Traditional tea plant for green and black teas, a vigorous, evergreen shrub, to 4-10 ft tall and wide, but easily kept smaller through pruning or, perhaps, regular harvesting of the glossy green leaves. A fall-blooming species, this form from Kunming Botanic Garden produces fragrant white flowers in early autumn. Best in full sun to part shade where the soil is richly organic and summer water is provided regularly. Frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7.
Theaceae

Camellia transnokoensis

Camellia transnokoensis
Rare in commerce, this southern Chinese species has glossy green leaves, handsome year round, but its small white pendulous winter flowers that scent a February chill day are divine. Small, evergreen shrub, to 5-8 ft, best in half sun. Regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Theaceae

Camellia x maliflora

Camellia x maliflora
One of the original garden hybrids, a heritage plant of unknown parentage, this densely leaved shrub has shiny, evergreen foliage and , covers itself with blush-rose, double flowers in spring. Reaches 6-8 ft tall x 5-6 ft wide. Sun to part shade in well-drained acidic soil with regular summer water. Keep the roots cool with mulch. One of the hardiest to frost of the large flowering hybrids, USDA zone 7.
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Carmichaelia australis new zealand broom
Sweetly scented pea shrub from the South Island, New Zealand, to only 3-5 ft tall with green flattened branches instead of leaves and a somewhat weeping form. Lavender flowers are abundant in spring and summer and intensely fragrant. Best in sun with adequate summer water though tolerant of some summer drought. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Carpenteria californica - Sean’s Clone
Though it's name is not the most imaginative, this plant is from our collection, around 1990, in its limited distribution in the foothills of the Western Sierra Nevada. It is a particularly vigorous clone with a rounded form, large, glossy leaves that remain a bit more sturdily evergreen with summer drought, and nice clusters of late spring flowers, white with yellow stamens -- smaller than the popular cultivar 'Elizabeth,' but more numerous and with ruffled petals that appear almost double. Can be trimmed into a hedge or "lifted" to reveal the flaky, golden bark. Accepting of summer water on the West Coast, these are also quite drought hardy in well-drained soil and full sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy to 8F, upper USDA zone 7.
Hydrangeaceae

Carpenteria californica 'Elizabeth'

Carpenteria californica 'Elizabeth'bush anemone
One of the oldest cultivars of this beautiful, broadleaved evergreen shrub, native only to a few hillsides in Fresno County, California. We prefer it lifted every so slightly to a miniature tree of 6-8 ft to show off its gorgeous flaking bark. From mid-spring to early summer and sometimes later the stunning white flowers are framed beautifully by the dark, 3" glossy leaves. Prefers summer drought but able to withstand garden water in cooler summer areas or with compost free and free-draining soil. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8
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Carpinus caroliniana JSM american hornbeam
Handsome, deciduous, single or multi-stemmed shrub or small tree, growing slowly up to 20-30 ft tall and wide, with gray, sinewy bark and simple, serrated, leaves, blue-green above and yellow beneath in summer changing to bright autumn colors in yellow, orange and red. A fine tree or screen for sun or shade in fertile soil with regular summer moisture. Tolerates some drought as well as occasional flooding. Frost hardy to -35F, USDA zone 3b. This clone collected by Joshua McCullough.
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Ceanothus 'Autumnal Blue'
Abundant flowers of a rich lavender-blue appear in late summer into autumn and intermittently all year on this award winning shrub. Fast growing to 8-10 ft tall and wide with an open and upright habit. Striking, shiny foliage is 2+" long, finely toothed, and softer than many of the genus. A handsome addition to the garden in full sun and well-drained soil. Evergreen into the upper teens F, upper USDA zone 8, and frost hardy into upper USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae

Ceanothus 'Blue Jeans'

Ceanothus 'Blue Jeans'
Reliable hybrid blue bush. Long used but not often available. Strangely more commonly offered in the United Kingdom than in the western US. 4 ft sprays of 1/2" scalloped and rounded leaves with faded blue flowers from March through May and occasionally through the rest of the year should no hard frosts occur. Can reach 8-10 ft wide but easily trimmed. This cultivar is long-lived if given mineral soil and free drainage with bright light. Best in a pot or kept extra dry in the Southeast, but only as an experiment. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, on the West Coast.
Rhamnaceae

Ceanothus 'Blue Sapphire'

Ceanothus 'Blue Sapphire'blue sapphire california lilac
A new entry into the spectrum of California lilics, this low-growing shrub, with arching branches and, in spring, deep and brilliant blue flowers against dark foliage background, is the perfect plant for a border or a bank. Evergreen, to around 3 ft tall x 5 ft wide, plants are drought tolerant though willing to accept summer water where the drainage is good. Bright sun enhances the already fabulous foliage and flower colors. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Ceanothus 'Concha' california lilac
One of the large and gorgeous ceanothus shrubs, evergreen to 6 ft tall and spreading to 10 ft or more. Small, dark leaves and flowers that are red in bud and open to dark blue in early summer. Best in sun with lean soil and very little summer water once established. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
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Ceanothus 'Cynthia Postan'
From the much beloved Ceanothus 'Concha', this cultivar is a seedling selected by Lady Cynthia Postan at Cambridge University in England. Slightly smaller than 'Concha', to 6-8 ft or more, these form a dense mound of small, glossy, dark green leaves covered in spring with fragrant, blue-purple flowers from reddish buds. Full sun and average soil with little or no summer water once established. Easily accepts trimming and pruning. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Ceanothus 'Joyce Coulter'
One of the first ‘modern’ ceanothus cultivars and still one of the best. Medium blue (and quite fragrant) flowers, in larger clusters, on an evergreen shrub up to 5 ft tall x 8 ft wide, smaller in colder climates. Handsome large glossy leaves. Somewhat tolerant of heavy soils. Full to part sun and very little summer water. Cold hardy to at least USDA zone 8 and possibly into zone 7.
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Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps' small leaf mountain lilac
Small leaved ceanothus to 8-10 ft tall x 6-8 ft wide. In spring Julia Phelps is covered with dark lilac-blue flowers, sweet to us and delicious to bees and hummers. The flower texture is lovely, the flowers gorgeous. Evergreen and drought tolerant these are best in lean, well-drained soil, with little or no summer water once established. Sun, of course, or just a bit of afternoon shade. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae

Ceanothus 'Oregon Mist'

Ceanothus 'Oregon Mist'california lilac
One of the best new ceanothus introductions, this collected from near Cape Blanco on the Oregon coast by plantsmen Paul Bonine and Greg Shepherd. Though originally thought to be rather diminutive, our plants have grown to nearly 15 ft in 6 years, so we now declare it a small tree adorned with delicate, 1/3” green glossy leaves and dusky blue flowers throughout the year in mild climates and especially in spring and fall with inland heat. When pruned into standards, the delightful green bark can be exposed, sure to elicit squeals of delight at your next open garden. Sun to light shade. Tolerant of some summer garden water but long lived and slower growing without water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7, at least.
Rhamnaceae

Ceanothus 'Puget Blue'

Ceanothus 'Puget Blue'california lilac
An old Pacific Northwest clone that endures our wet winters as well as our rare Arctic outbreaks. Lavender blue flowers cover this 8+ ft shrub in early spring. Full sun and well-drained soil with not much supplemental water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Rhamnaceae

Ceanothus 'Tuxedo'

Ceanothus 'Tuxedo'tuxedo california lilac
A lovely sport from Ireland of C. ‘Autumnal Blue' with nearly black foliage and the deepest blue flowers, making it one of the most unique forms yet. Its parentage includes summer rainfall C. americanus so, though accepting of drought, it is tolerant of summer garden water. Evergreen (well, black), long-lived, and exciting. To 4-5 ft eventually. Sun is best for deepest color, but holds up well in medium shade. Very good hedging or container plant. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae

Ceanothus cuneatus

Ceanothus cuneatusbuckbrush
Silver-blue leaved, white-flowered California lilac, a chaparral component from Baja to western Oregon. This evergreen shrub grows 4-5 ft tall, forming a rounded shape. Great for places with summer drought in full sun where there is very good drainage. Should be frost hardy to 0 to 10F, USDA zone 7 or even colder.
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Ceanothus cuneatus - Adair Village, OR buckbrush
One of the most northerly collections of this silver-blue leaved, white-flowered California lilac, a chaparral component from Baja to western Oregon, this from dry, gravelly hills in the northern Willamette valley. Evergreen (silver!), to 4-5 ft, forming rounded shrubs for places with summer drought and…..the Mediterranean look. Full sun with very good drainage. Should be frost hardy to 0 to 10F, USDA zone 7, or even colder.
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Ceanothus gloriosus ssp. exaltatus 'Emily Brown'
When looking for a ground covering ceanothus, Emily pops her head up first. Fast growing and mounding to 3 ft x 10 ft wide with evergreen, holly-like leaves and deep purple-blue flowers in spring. A selection of coastal ceanothus. Very garden tolerant, much more so than other ceanothus. Sun to light shade; drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Rhamnaceae

Ceanothus griseus 'Atomizer'

Ceanothus griseus 'Atomizer'atomizer carmel creeper
A Cistus introduction. This sport of the variable 'Diamond Heights' occurred in our garden, the leaves splashed with microdots of gold and green - no not a virus but really attractive. Given that, we dubbed the plant atomizer as the foliage indeed looks painted lightly with spray paint in various shades of green cream and gold. Only slightly less vigorous than the species. A superb container and/or garden plant preferring, for us, a bit of afternoon shade. Native of protected coastal climes, these should be protected below 15-20F. Tolerant of some summer garden water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8b.
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Ceanothus impressus santa barbara mountain lilac
Evergreen shrub, to 6-10 ft tall and wide, with small, crinkley leaves, evergreen and aromatic, and cobalt blue flowers in spring. For full sun to light shade in well-drained soil with very little summer water necessary once established. These do well in coastal settings where conditions are similar to their native habitat. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 8, recovering from temperatures in zone 7.
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Ceanothus impressus 'Vandenberg' california lilac
A new favorite, a compact plant from east of the Santa Lucia Mountains in northern California. Forms a dense mound with tiny, crinkled leaves and bright blue, airy flowers in April and May. To 4 ft tall, eventually taller, x 6 ft wide but easily pruned or sheared for size and shape. Best in sun, mineral soil, and little summer water once established, though accepting of summer garden water in cool areas. Cold hardy in USDA zone 7b.
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Ceanothus maritimus 'Popcorn'
Low-growing California lilac, with typically small, leathery leaves but untypical white flowers in abundant, early spring clusters. This evergreen, mounding shrub, to 2-3 ft tall x 6 ft wide, makes a fine groundcover for banks or any sunny garden spot. Prefers well-drained soil and very little summer water once established. Cold hardy into the low teens F, bottom of USDA zone 8.
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Ceanothus parryi 'Benton Blue' parry ceanothus
A Cistus introduction, our selection from a rather rare Oregon occurrence of this species. Narrow in form to an upright 12-15 ft, possibly a bit more, with ever-so-slightly furry, narrow, evergreen leaves, a distinctive purple blue caste primarily from the winter twigs, and large clusters of sky-blue flowers in early spring to early summer and occasionally at other times of the year. We believe this plant has fine potential as a small garden or street tree, on its way to becoming one of our favorite natives. Good drainage, of course, in full sun to half shade, and little to no summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Black Diamond' variegated blueblossom
This variegated selection of the common coastal deerbrush, has striking leaves of yellow with green markings and medium blue flowers covering the branches in early spring, adding brightness to a shady spot. Forms a large shrub to small tree that can reach 15 ft tall x 10 ft easily where summer water is provided. Best in part shade, with protection from the western sun. Accepting of summer water and tolerant of summer drought - slower growing as well. Prune, if needed, in the summer. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Chaenomeles sinensis false quince
This false quince from China suggests an artists rendition of what a quince could be in its ultimate expression. A large, graceful shrub to small tree, to about 12 ft, the bark exfoliates beautifully in jigsaw puzzle patterns of bronze, orange, and cream. The foliage is rounded to about 4", and a pretty, shiny green, turning coppery orange and red in late fall, and often remaining through the winter only to shed as new growth appears or with severe cold. Careful pruning maintains small tree shape. Early spring flowers of apple blossom pink give way to rounded, yellow, waxy fruit, sort of papaya-shaped to about 6", with a strong fragrance of quince and lemon. Wonderful for an indoor bowl of "living potpourri", refreshing an entire room ... possibly the whole neighborhood. A plant for bright light to only dappled shade. Drought tolerant though summer water speeds growth. We know it is frost hardy in USDA zone 7; probably ok, but deciduous in zone 6.
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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Filifera Aurea' golden japanese false cypress
Bright, evergreen shrub with golden, weeping, thread-like foliage that stands out in any garden spot. This is a dense, semi-dwarf shrub, to only 6-7 ft tall in more than 10 years, with peeling, red bark that contrasts with the yellow foliage. Best in a bit of shade where soil is rich and moist but well-drained. Tolerates drought as well but grows more quickly with some summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Cupressaceae

Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera - blue form

Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera - blue formmediterranean fan palm
Chalky blue-leaved form of the Mediterranean fan palm from above the tree line in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Multitrunked to 6 ft, becoming a palm mound with age. Best with great heat (near concrete, afternoon sun). Said to be the hardiest form of the species. Seed collected in the wild by Martin Gibbons. Evergreen to 15F and able to resprout in USDA zone 8.
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Choisya 'Goldfingers' mexican mock orange
Lovely, golden form of the Mexican orange, an evergreen shrub, to 6 ft tall or so and 4-5 ft wide, the narrow leaves pale yellow in new growth maturing to green, a bi-color contrast. Foliage is aromatic as well, emitting a spicy-sweet smell when brushed or crushed. Single white flowers are abundant in spring and often again in fall. Protection from the western sun is best in the hottest climates; otherwise full sun to part shade in well drained soil with some summer water. A great landscape plant, easy and rewarding. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Rutaceae

Choisya ternata 'Sundance'

Choisya ternata 'Sundance'mexican orange
Golden foliaged Mexican orange contrasts nicely with its green leaved parent. Evergreen shrub, to 3-5 ft tall and wide, with shiny, dense, aromatic foliage and citrus-scented white flowers in spring, occasionally in summer with a second flush in autumn. Full sun to morning sun in hottest climates and regular garden water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 8.
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Cinnamomum japonicum - blue leaf form
Yet another fantastic broadleaved evergreen tree, reaching an eventual 30 ft with a narrow pyramidal form. Our original plant was plucked from a particularly blue-leaved specimen in Nanjing China. The narrow leaves have attractive parallel veins and are dark and shiny above with a reflective blue beneath. Clusters of pale yellow flowers appear in late-winter and spring. Sun or dappled shade with occasional summer water in dry areas. One of the hardier camphors, it has withstood USDA zone 7 temperatures with little damage. A fine garden tree or courtyard tree.
Lauraceae

Cistus 'Little Gem'

Cistus 'Little Gem'rock rose
A small rockrose, one of Eric Sammons hybrids, with narrow green foliage on reddish stems and, best of all, spring flowers of pure white. Very striking. To 3 ft tall x 4 ft wide. Happy in sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established but accepts occasional summer water. Cold hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae

Cistus 'Snow Fire'

Cistus 'Snow Fire'rockrose
A reasonably new cultivar from the UK raised by Eric Sammons. Five deep maroon patches at the base of wide and overlapping, pure white petals. A spreader to 2 ft or so high and 5 ft wide. Loves lean soils and dry summers. A rather pleasant scent on warm nights as well. Full sun. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8. Though newer in cultivation, already a favorite of many gardeners.
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Cistus crispus rock rose
Small and dense, evergreen shrub to only about 3 ft tall and wide with particularly attractive undulate leaves coated with fur ... yes (actually silky hairs) ... that create a jewel-like effect when moist. Spring flowers are large and dark pink with yellow centers, appearing in spring, lovely against the slightly olive-green foliage. For full sun, lean and well-drained soil, and little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae

Cistus ladanifer var. sulcatus 'Mallorca'

Cistus ladanifer var. sulcatus 'Mallorca'
A wild selection from our good friend and island hopper Kevin Hughes, recently of Spinner’s Nursery, Hampsted. He spotted it as a witch’s broom. The leaves are small and delicate but the flowers retain the overwhelming size of the ‘normal plant’. To 2 ft tall and wide. Full sun, good drainage, and very little summer water to avoid root problems. Frost hardy in mid USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae

Cistus libanotis 'Major'

Cistus libanotis 'Major'rock rose
A vigorous and free flowering rock rose, to 4 ft, evergreen, its dark, narrow leaves creating a somewhat delicate texture. In spring, erect racemes of white flowers with red sepals appear at the end of each branch. Like the species, found growing on rocky slopes in southern Portugal and Spain, this form likes good drainage and mineral soil in full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Cistus sp. - prostrate form rock rose
A hybrid rockrose, evergreen and, in this form, low growing, to only 12-16” tall and to around 3 ft wide. Nice on walls where it can hang over a bit. Leaves are narrow, pointed and bright green, providing a textured backdrop for the pure white flowers, showy in May and July. Best in full sun, lean and light well-drained soil, and little to no summer water once established. Also adapted to seaside conditions tolerating high winds and salt spray. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae

Cistus x bornetianus 'Jester'

Cistus x bornetianus 'Jester'
Lovely rockrose with soft pink flowers from May through June and evergreen silvery foliage. Grows to about 4 ft high and 3 ft wide, and can be tip pruned in winter for compactness and better spring flowering. Loves sun and summer drought. Most deer think it tastes kind of yucky. Frost hardy to 5F, USDA zone 7b.
Cistaceae

Cistus x canescens 'Albus'

Cistus x canescens 'Albus'
Dense growing, evergreen shrub, to 3-4 ft tall x 2 ft wide, with 2” long, silver-green leaves and a rounded form. The spring flowers are white, as the name suggests, and very large, to 3" across, with crinkled edges and bright yellow-orange centers. Drought tolerant once established and lovers of bright light and mineral soil that drains well. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae

Cistus x dansereaui 'Portmeirion'

Cistus x dansereaui 'Portmeirion'rock rose
Evergreen rock rose, a cross between C. ladanifer and C. inflatus, this selection being somewhat more diminutive than the species, clumping to 4 ft tall or so x 4 ft wide. Leaves are shiny green, and slightly sticky from the infusion of slightly aromatic labdanum oil from the C. ladnifer parent. Spring flowers are pure white and somewhat ruffled. An excellent choice for the dry garden in sun and good drainage. Summer drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Cistus x florentinus
Nicely mounding, delicate-looking, white-flowering Cistus that will reach 3' in height and 5-6' in width over time. Deep green leaves provide nice contrast to the almost all-white flower petals. Full sun is best with excellent drainage, though it will adapt to almost any soil condition. Indeed a tough plant that is very drought tolerant once established and can handle salt air and high winds. USDA zone 8.
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Cistus x gardianus rock rose
Another lovely Mediterranean rockrose, this one with small crinkled evergreen leaves and large, chiffon-pink, ruffled petals. Grows to about 3 ft x 3 ft in full sun with little or no summer water once established. Makes a good low hedge or just a cheerful spring blooming specimen in the dry garden. Tip pruning after blooming encourages a denser habit. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae

Citrus ichangensis

Citrus ichangensisichang papeda
Wonderful large shrub that can be pruned into a small tree, to 8-10 ft or more. Narrow, evergreen leaves and, believe it or not, attractive green branches and spines. Fragrant flowers produced in spring and summer become small orange ...uh... oranges that are a bit bitter for eating out of hand but fine made into juices in times of famine. Really, we grow it for the look. Sun to dappled shade. Has survived temperatures below 0F. We consider it frost hardy to 10F, the USDA zone 8 range, if water has been withheld in autumn for hardening.
Rutaceae

Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Golden Glory'

Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Golden Glory'golden glorybower
Though having much the same shape as the species, this slightly smaller cultivar, to 10-12 ft with umbrella form, has striking golden leaves often tinted orange when emerging and fading to spring green in mid to late season. Fragrant white flowers appear in mid to late summer followed by metallic blue, red-bracted fruit. A handsome addition to the garden in bright light for best color and at least occasional summer water where dry. Can colonize with root disturbance - a good or bad thing. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Verbenaceae

Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Spring Purple'

Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Spring Purple'spring purple glorybower
A purple-flushed leaf form of the classic harlequin glory bower. This form found in an old Portland garden courtyard by Josh McCollough. Having slightly smaller leaves with great purple coloring in the spring, slowly greening with more purple returning on new growth in summer. Likely the variety; C. trichotomum var. fargesii. A good street tree for Portland, though seldom used, with sweet smelling, white flowers in late summer, perfuming the neighborhood especially at night. Turquoise berries framed by crimson bracts add to fall fun. Foliage is aromatic as well -- think peanut butter. To 10 ft tall or so in full sun for best flowers and fruits and water occasionally in summer. Planting in reach of a lawn mower eliminates pesky suckers. Easily frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Lamiaceae

Colletia hystrix

Colletia hystrixbarbed wire bush
A very prickly shrub, as one of its common names, crucifixion thorn suggests, but also striking with its tiny, inconspicuous, deciduous leaves on gray-green, rounded spine-tipped stems that do most of photosynthesis. Produces abundant, tiny, scented, tubular, white flowers in late summer-autumn. Slowly to 4-6 ft tall and wide, (larger over a long time but clippers can be used) in full sun and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant but accepting of summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zones 8.
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Coprosma 'Beatson's Gold'
One of the early coprosmas to migrate to North America from New Zealand via England, this tiny-leaved shrub grows to a layered 3 ft or so in height by about 4 ft wide with bronzed stems and pea-green leaves blotched with mustard yellow. Even moisture. Though frost hardy to low USDA zone 8, every coprosma makes a fabulous pot specimen or filler with C. 'Beatson's Gold' looking particularly fetching with maroons and oranges.
Rubiaceae

Coprosma 'Black Cloud'

Coprosma 'Black Cloud'
A superb evergreen shrublet for a sunny spot, this New Zealand native has glossy green leaves tinged with black and a very attractive branching habit. To 3 ft tall x 3 ft wide in somewhat lean soil with regular summer water. Great in a container too. Surprisingly cold hardy, tolerating temperatures around 15F, USDA zone 8b in a protected spot with mulch.
Rubiaceae

Coprosma 'Cutie'

Coprosma 'Cutie'australian mirror bush
Newish release from New Zealand with small, particularly glossy, deep green leaves edged in black and marked with browns, all turning dark bronze in cooler weather. Perhaps more handsome than cute, but still rather small, to 2 ft tall x 3 ft wide, perfect for a protected spot in a small garden. Where temperatures regularly fall below 20F, best in a protected spot in full to part sun and well-drained soil with regular garden water. Reliably frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9, possibly 8b in perfect conditions.
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Coprosma 'Evening Glow'
Semi-dwarf New Zealand shrub with stunning foliage, variegated in green, golden, orange and pink! Evergreen, to 4-5 ft or so tall and wide with a pyramidal form that is easily trimmed. Plant in well-drained soil in cool sun or medium shade with some summer water.Cold hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9; protect or use as a container plant.
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Coprosma repens 'Marble Queen'
Flora gives this New Zealand shrub a star. A small, evergreen shrub, 3-5 ft tall x 46 ft wide, The leaves are variegated, speckled white, and fruit is orangey-red. Tolerates sea-side conditions in full sun. Otherwise, best with part shade and regular water. Cold hardy in USDA zones 9-11.
Rubiaceae

Coprosma repens 'Rainbow Surprise'

Coprosma repens 'Rainbow Surprise'willy wonka boxwood
Choice, tender, evergreen shrub that's hardly green at all. Yellow margins are flushed pink on green leaves -- all the colors darkening in winter. It's like adding paprika to your container. To 5 ft x 3 ft over time. Flowers are insignificant. Best with protection from afternoon sun except in cool coastal climates. Well drained soil and occasional to regular summer water. Can be sheared. Frost hardy to 20F, USDA zone 9.
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Cordyline australis cabbage palm
Much overused as an annual though much better as a perennial resident where temperatures allow. Eventually grows into a small tree with multiple crowns of palm-like, bright green foliage just before freezing to the ground in a bad winter, then starting over again. Quite permanent along the Oregon coast or wherever temperatures stay above 20F, USDA zone 9.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae

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Cordyline australis - Wanaka Lake, NZ
At first we thought this collection was C. pumilo but these are slowly forming trunks, so we expect whatever this is to become a multiple trunked, large shrub, especially thrilling for us in that this was a high elevation collection in a place that regularly visits the teens F in the winter with snow. Leaves are green with a most attractive purple flush for much of the season. Grow as for other cordylines in sun to part shade in dampish soil as a container or garden specimen. Ultimate hardiness as yet untested but we are guessing 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
Liliaceae / Asparagaceae

Cordyline australis 'Pink Stripe'

Cordyline australis 'Pink Stripe'
Unusual and hard to find Cordyline, this one having arrived from England 10 years ago. Trunk forming plant with striking foliage -- stunning pink and cream stripes with a green leaf margin. Sun to part shade. Best with some summer water. Can withstand brief bouts in the teens F, USDA zone 8b, longer bouts with protection, and resprouts from as low as 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Cordyline australis 'Red Sensation' red sensation cabbage palm
Another wonderful selection of ths lovely garden accent plant -- this one with with wide leaves in dark purple with almost bluish overtones. Sun to part shade. Best with summer water but fairly drought tolerant. Can withstand short bouts in the teens F, USDA zone 8b, longer with protection, and resprouts from 10F, zone 8.
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Cornus kousa 'Aka tsuki' red moon kousa dogwood
Stunning, colorful, and hard to find dogwood, found as a sport in a Japanese nursery and only recently available. This small tree or large shrub, to 8-10 ft tall eventually x 5 ft wide, has variegated leaves -- green with white and some hints of red -- that emerge before the flowers which open in late spring as rosy pink on white aging towards red. Bees and hummingbirds love the nectar; birds love the fruit; and everyone loves the fall foliage in shades of red and purple! Sun with protection for hottest afternoon light and regular summer water. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.

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Cornus kousa 'Summer Gold' p.p.#22,765
Distinctive, variegated dogwood, the leaves green-centered with gold edges -- very striking, gently variegated foliage that adds a pink overlay through the summer and turns bright red in the fall. A small tree, to 8 ft tall x 4 ft wide with a more upright form than similar plants. Flowers are very showy, a creamy white, covering the tree in early spring. Best in part sun with protection from the hottest afternoon rays where summer water is provided regularly with special attention in very hot periods. Perfect for the small garden. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
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Cornus sericea 'Golden Surprise' golden american dogwood
This more diminutive but every bit as lovely dogwood came as a sport at Hedgerows Nursery from their own C. sericea 'Hedgerows Gold.' Small, to 6-8 ft, with reddish twigs and brilliant yellow leaves that are surprisingly sun resilient for their "golditude". Can be coppiced. Particularly wonderful as foreground to dark-leaved evergreens -- or a snowbank if you live in Montana. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4, possibly lower. Tolerant of wet feet in half shade to sun.
Cornaceae

Cornus sericea 'Hedgerows Gold'

Cornus sericea 'Hedgerows Gold'red twig dogwood
A red-twig dogwood cultivar with the bright red stems that color the winter landscape after the leaves are gone. And what wonderful leaves - bright green with a wide and irregular golden edge! In spring, clusters of tiny white flowers appear followed by white fruit that birds love. This deciduous shrub, to 6-10 ft x 6 ft, can be multistemmed or trained as a small, handsome tree. Best in bright light with protection from afternoon’s hottest sun and regular summer water. Tolerates a wide range of soils, including boggy situations. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
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Cornus sessilis blackfruit cornel
Small, graceful, deciduous shrub to small tree, considered endemic to northern California -- this form found in Jackson County Oregon and shared with us by plantsman Frank Callahan. To 5-15 ft tall, with deeply-veined, oval leaves on dark green stems, the leaves turning bright red in fall. Flowers, appearing in March to April, are greenish white and produce small berries (drupes) that turn from red to shiny black and feed many kinds of birds. Best in part to full shade with regular moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Cornaceae

Corokia 'Tutti Frutti'

Corokia 'Tutti Frutti'
Stunning corokia, evergreen, with foliage colored a mixture of orange, bronze, and yellow! Especially cheerful in spring when little yellow flowers appear, later turning into bright orange berries that feed the birds. Reaches 4-5 ft tall and wide, perfect for a single specimen to brighten a shade spot or as a hedge that could be sheared as well. Best in half shade with good drainage and regular summer water. Frost hardy in upper teens F, USDA zone 8 in a protected spot with mulch.
Argophyllaceae

Corokia cotoneaster 'Antons Dwarf'

Corokia cotoneaster 'Antons Dwarf'wire netting bush
A dwarf version of the species, this evergreen, divaricating shrub from New Zealand matures at only 2-3 ft tall or so with delightfully attractive, tangled twiggy growth. Like the species, stems are silver gray with teeny tiny leaves and, in spring, tiny, fragrant yellow flowers. Full sun to part shade with good drainage and summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8. Excellent in a container or at the front of a bed.
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Corokia cotoneaster 'Little Prince'
Dwarf version of this odd little dogwood relative from New Zealand. Our parent plants have topped out at about 5 ft. Tiny, evergreen leaves adorn angular and interlaced, fine-textured branches adding, in spring, tiny yellow flowers. Dodo grazing adapted. Sun to part shade with medium summer water. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
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Corokia x virgata 'Orangerie'
A Cistus introduction. Though we would like to say this lovely plant is a result of years of careful hybridization under tightly controlled circumstances, we actually found it growing on the floor of one of the greenhouses as a tiny seedling. This grows as other C. x virgata forms, to a 6-8 ft shrub, but with a more upright form and butter-yellow-aging-copper-orange leaves with reflective, nearly white, undersides. In the garden, some summer water, the foliage showing warm yellow in light shade to deeper orange in sun. Very good container specimen. Great when planted with burgundies or other dark foliage plants. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Corokia x virgata 'Sunsplash' variegated wire netting bush
The foliage is green splashed with yellow and very cheerful on this evergreen, 6-8 ft, dogwood relation from New Zealand. Spring flowers are tiny and yellow -- also cheerful. Best in full sun or afternoon shade with regular summer water. Makes a bright screen or garden accent. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8 with leanish soil and a chance to harden off in early autumn or in an especially protected spot. Also does well in pots with indoor winter protection.
Argophyllaceae

Coronilla valentina ssp. glauca 'Variegata'

Coronilla valentina ssp. glauca 'Variegata'variegated glaucous scorpion-vetch
Variegated form of an obscure plant, though hopefully not for long -- obscure that is.... A Mediterranean shrub, rewarding not only for its soft, blue-streaked-white leaves, but also its canary yellow flowers from late winter through mid-spring then sporadically through the rest of the year. Strongly sweet smelling and most rewarding planted near a path where the foliage stands out and the fragrance can be enjoyed. Quite summer drought tolerant in dappled shade to bright sun. Lean conditions create more compactness. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
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Corylopsis aff. pauciflora - evergreen form
Sent to us by Pierre Piroche, this rare, 10-12 ft, gracefully spreading evergreen shrub, collected in the Himalayas, appears to be a form of the more common C. pauciflora with, in this case, winter flowers of light yellow, just a bit fragrant, and most interestingly, evergreen leaves, to about 4", pleated a bit like a ruffled potato chip and a very pretty blue-green, lighter on the underside. Needless to say, nearly nonexistent in cultivation. So far frost hardy to at least USDA zone 7. Some summer water. Dappled shade is best but has thriven in full sun as well.
Hamamelidaceae

Corylopsis spicata 'Aurea'

Corylopsis spicata 'Aurea'golden winterhazel
One of the loveliest winterhazels we have come across, to under 10 ft tall with butterscotch-yellow leaves, tinted orange where they meet sun, and pale yellow flowers in mid winter -- all managed with the same grace we have come to expect from the species. Still rare but should be much less so. We suggest dappled shade, occasional summer water where dry, and decently drained soil. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Hamamelidaceae

Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Corylus avellana 'Contorta'harry lauder’s walking stick
Harry Lauder’s walking stick with intriguingly twisted branches. Medium tall, slow-growing to 15 ft or so. Wonderfully sculptural against a simple backgdrop or where winter’s sun can shine through its bark and flower tassels. Plant in rich moist soil in sun to part shade. Disease resistant. Cold hardy to USDA zone 5.
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Cotinus 'Grace' smoke bush
Unrivaled for all year glowing color, it becomes even more exquisite in the fall when the summer purple color turns to a startlingly bright red. Grown for its exquisite foliage, reaching 10 ft or so high and wide in full to part sun. Drought tolerant once established but appreciates occasional summer water. Deciduous and frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
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Cotinus coggygria 'Golden Spirit' golden smoke bush
Making the rounds for a couple of years now, this mid-sized smoke bush, growing to about 8 ft, has the richest golden-yellow leaves, that, rather than toasting in our hot summers, burnish an ever-so-slight orange...we like that! Dense foliage produces airy pink flowers that suggest the common name of smoke bush and brilliant fall foliage colors of pink, orange, and yellow. Growing 8+ ft x 8 + ft and flowering in May-July, the shrubs like full sun to part shade, lean, well-drained soil, and some summer water - though quite drought tolerant once established. Can sulk in heavy wet clay or too much fertility. Easily stooled to create an exuberant perennial. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Anacardiaceae

Cotoneaster microphyllus var. thymifolius

Cotoneaster microphyllus var. thymifoliusdwarf rock spray
A dwarf species, perfect for the Mediterranean garden, remaining under 3 ft high x 3-5 ft wide with fine-textured, evergreen leaves, under 1/4", enveloped in silver-gray as are the young stems. Small scarlet berries develop from small white flowers and adorn the densely cloaked branches in fall through midwinter. Summer drought-loving though content in a well-watered garden provided sharp drainage. Cold hard to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Rosaceae

Crinodendron hookerianum

Crinodendron hookerianumchilean lantern tree
From the temperate rain forest of southern Chile, this 30 ft -- but more likely 10-15 ft in the garden -- evergreen creates a narrow pyramid of 2", glossy leaves and maroon pink lanterns, most abundant in spring but sporadically throughout the year. A lover of damp cool conditions, alas it is a plant for the cool conservatory or along the Pacific West Coast. Sun in the coolest of coastal areas to dappled shade and away from drying winds inland. Even moisture and humidity. Plant with the Lapagerias. One old plant in the MacDonald garden of Portland, though suffering a couple of set backs over the years, is a fine specimen of about 8 ft. Mid USDA zone 8, a bit lower with protection.
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Cuphea cyanea
Small cuphea with a big presence, especially when covered with small tubular orange flowers with yellow tips. Ask any hummingbird, this Mexican charmer is only 2-3 ft tall and wide, probably remaining smaller. Best shaded from the hottest sun with regular summer water. Deadheading extends the bloom time indefinitely. Frost hardy in USDA zone 9b. Can also be pot grown and brought indoors for wintering as a houseplant.
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Cupressus sempervirens 'Glauca' italian cypress
A lovely blue form of the classic Italian cypress. This landscape plant for Mediterranean climates grows to 10 ft tall x 18” wide in as many years, an excellent upthrusting element in your urban landscape. Full sun, well-drained soil and not much supplemental water once established. Also good in pots. Cold hardy to the single digits, mid USDA zone 7.
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Cupressus sempervirens 'Totem'
Obsessively upright, pencil-thin Italian cypress used for an exclamation point in the garden. Smaller in all respects than the species; to 15 ft tall or so by 1 ft wide. Full sun, well-drained soil, and very little summer water. Cold hardy to USDA zone 7.
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Cussonia paniculata ssp. sinuata - UCBG mountain cabbage tree
A unique, South African tree - or tall shrub - with evergreen, compound leaves of up to 13 blue-green, deeply lobed leaflets on the end of long stems. Because there are frost hardy in USDA zone 9, pot culture is recommended in the Pacific Northwest, with plants spending the summer in sun to light shade and winters where the light is bright and the temperatures remain above freezing. To 10 ft or so in container. Requires regular water. Rewarding and worth the effort.
Araliaceae

Daphne 'Lawrence Crocker'

Daphne 'Lawrence Crocker'
Spontaneous seedling, found among the cyclamen carpets in the garden of Siskiyou Rare Plants’ early owner in Medford, OR. Nearly year-round blooming with heavy-scented pink flowers. 2-3 ft evergreen shrub. Full to part sun; adequate moisture. Truly a choice shrub; adaptable to cultivation. Cold hardy in USDA zones 6-9.
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Daphne tangutica - Retusa Group
An old fashioned garden plant that should still be used today with dense, 3-4 ft mounds of 1" narrow green foliage with light pink flowers, mostly in spring but happily popping up at almost any other time of the year if temperatures are not freezing. As well, orangey-red berries are produced on happy plants, adding to its fall and winter interest. Like other Daphnes, free drainage, bright light to dappled shade, occasional summer water, though this one is pretty drought tolerant, and little soil disturbance. Cold hardy to USDA zone 6.
Thymelaeaceae

Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'

Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'burkwood daphne
A variegated form of a classic daphne with narrow, 1" leaves of sage-green edged in cream. These deciduous shrubs are dense enough to create a small hedge, to about 2-3 ft tall x 4 ft wide, covered with sweetly scented, white flowers, most profusely from late winter through early spring and occasionally year round. The custardy sweet fragrance makes it a perfect plant for the entrance garden. Best in part shade, possibly with mulch to keep the roots cool, and consistent summer water. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Thymelaeaceae

Daphne x transatlantica 'Alba Everblooming'

Daphne x transatlantica 'Alba Everblooming'everblooming daphne
This white flowered form of the nearly everblooming daphne is easy and satisfying to grow. Dusky blue leaves are evergreen, a fine background for the intensely fragrant flowers blooming in all but the coldest months. Yellow fruit that turns red adds extra color. Easy in full to part sun with regular summer water. 3ft tall and 4-5ft wide though easily kept smaller. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
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Decaisnea insignis blue bean tree
This Chinese legume has leaves up to 3 ft long and panicles of waxy, chartreuse flowers in spring followed by amazing metallic blue, 6-8" pods that remain after the leaves have dropped. It’s all about colors not found in nature! Multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub to small tree, up to 15 x 15 ft, for full to part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6, possibly 5.
Lardizabalaceae

Dichroa febrifuga

Dichroa febrifugaevergreen hydrangea
Clusters of sky-blue flowers adorn this evergreen hydrangea relative in late summer followed by metallic turquoise berries that linger through winter. To 4 ft tall and wide, this is a plant from the edges of forests, so best in part sun with adequate water. Happy in a container as well. Plant in a protected spot for frost hardiness in USDA zone 8.
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Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea' purple hop bush
This red/purple-leaved Australian hop-shrub is an excellent seasonal foliage plant, reaching 3 ft in a season and up to 10-12 ft eventually. Sticky foliage glistens in full sun where it’s happiest with well-drained soil and occasional summer water. Try backlit or in a container. Frost hardy to 18F, upper USDA zone 8, brief spells; otherwise, zone 9 or treat as an annual or pot plant.
Sapindaceae

Drimys lanceolata 'Suzette'

Drimys lanceolata 'Suzette'variegated tasmanian pepperwood
An exquisite variegated form of the Tasmanian pepperwood, the foliage marbled cream and yellow throughout, the yellow variegation becoming even more striking against the red stems as plants mature. I first observed this form, still unnamed, at an exhibition in London by Bluebell Nursery. They sent us their first propagation with the only caveat that it be named after it's discoverer ... and here it is. Though requiring the same conditions as the species -- sun to part shade with regular garden water and protection from drying winds -- this garden seedling, now about 8 ft in our garden, is, luckily, from hardy stock and, so far undamaged by a windy 20F. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Winteraceae

Drimys winteri var. chilensis

Drimys winteri var. chilensischilean winter bark
Gorgeous aromatic tree from Mexico, Chile and Argentina, with lance-shaped, lustrous leaves, green above and a stunning pale blue-white beneath. Smaller than the species, reaching 10-15 ft, rarely to 25 ft. Flowers are fragrant, creamy white, in umbels of up to 20 blossoms, in spring to early summer. Plant in sun to part sun with shelter from wind and provide regular moisture. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zones 8.
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Edgeworthia chrysantha chinese paper bush
Amazing daphne relative, deciduous, blooming in February with pendant yellow, intoxicatingly fragrant blooms on handsome, bare stems. Long, tropical-looking leaves follow. Reaches 5 ft tall and as wide in full sun to half shade with summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zones 7-9.
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Edgeworthia papyrifera
Edgeworthia papyrifera is undergoing taxonomic review and is sometimes lumped with E. chrysantha and sometimes with E. tomentosa -- that being said, by any name this daphne relative is amazing; deciduous like its cousins but more diminutive, to only 5 ft tall, with smaller branches and, in early spring, white to pale cream, sweetly aromatic flowers. Easy to grow in full sun to half shade with summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Thymelaeaceae

Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'

Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'silverbush eleagnus
Long sought and under delivered deciduous shrub with stunning silver foliage and early spring flowers with the aroma of vanilla. This chance seedling, discovered and named by British plantsman, Roy Lancaster, reaches an eventual 6-8 ft but can be kept much lower through pruning. Can also be stooled on occasion to create a dense perennial. A very good plant in cold or wet climates that often can’t accommodate silver foliage. Needs decent drainage and, though drought tolerant, enjoys occasional summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
Elaeagnaceae

Elaeagnus pungens 'Clemson Variegated'

Elaeagnus pungens 'Clemson Variegated'silverthorn
Variegated olive relative, this with striking center markings of yellow and gold on dark green foliage ... or perhaps better described as yellow and gold foliage with a narrow, dark green margin. By either description a striking evergreen shrub, over time to 10 ft tall x 10 ft wide, with fragrant, white to cream flowers in the fall. Enjoys well-drained soil and average summer water. Plant in sun, where it holds its color very well, or part shade. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Elaeagnaceae

Elaeagnus pungens 'Hosoba-fukurin'

Elaeagnus pungens 'Hosoba-fukurin'silverberry
This shrub is as durable in the landscape as it is handsome with narrow, creamy yellow margins that set off the small, shiny green leaves on thorny branches. Evergreen, growing rapidly to at least 5 ft tall or so and nearly as wide with a somewhat lax and spreading habit. Autumn flowers are white and intensely fragrant, attracting passersby. Sun or half sun and regular summer water, though tolerant of some summer drought. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Elaeagnus rhamnoides 'Botanica' sea buckthron
Lovely silver foliaged Asian shrub grown not only for the attractive leaves but also for the bright orange, edible fruit, produced in abundance on the females, which these are, from small but very fragrant flowers that appear in early spring. (Fruit can be produced without a nearby male, but fruiting is more reliable with company. Great for hedging. Very drought tolerant in USDA zone 6 or even zone 5. Fragrant flowers appear in early spring.
Elaeagnaceae

Eriobotrya japonica

Eriobotrya japonicaloquat
A wonderful but underused, small fruit tree from Japan, evergreen, to 10 ft or more in the garden, with long leaves, dark green and shiny with lighter undersides. White fragrant flowers appear in the winter but buds can sometimes freeze. A wonderfully tropical garden accent. Parker always fondly remembered from his childhood picking the ripe, orange fruit and spitting out the large seed. Full sun is best. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Rosaceae

Eucryphia 'Penwith'

Eucryphia 'Penwith'leatherwood
First discovered in Cornwall in the 1930s and not yet widely found in the United States, this evergreen hybrid has proven itself a dependable performer and refined texture in the garden. A large shrub or small tree, to 15-20 ft tall x 10 ft wide, exhibiting the upright form of its E. lucida parent and the shiny, dark green, wavy-edged leaves of E. cordifolia. Ever more attractive when the large, open, single white flowers appear in summer. Prefers sun to part or dappled shade and well-drained soil with regular summer water. Best kept out of wind in a sheltered position. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cunoniaceae

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Pagoda'

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Pagoda'fortune's spindle, wintercreeper
This fine-textured, broad-leaved evergreen can reach up to 6 ft in height and seldom exceeds 18" in diameter, providing upright punctuation in the garden with leaves closely held against upright stems. Architectural like a small "Italian Cypress" and thrives even in a dappled shade garden. Part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Celastraceae

Euonymus myrianthus

Euonymus myrianthusevergreen spindle tree
Bright yellow-orange fruit that opens to show off red seeds is a striking attraction of this evergreen shrub to small tree. Clusters of pale yellow flowers precede, of course. This native of western China, first introduced by famous plantsman Ernest Wilson, reaches 6 to 8 ft tall, the long, bright green leaves on branches with dark gray, smooth bark are lovely in their own right and provide the perfect background. Full sun to light shade in well-drained soil with average summer moisture. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Celastraceae

Euphorbia 'Blue Haze' PPAF

Euphorbia 'Blue Haze' PPAFmilkwort
Small-scale evergreen spurge, a hybrid between E. nicaeensis and E. sequieriana ssp. niciciana, to only about 18” tall in dense mounds to 2 ft wide. Leaves are blue-green, 1" long and narrow on 2" rosettes; flowers are the typical chartreuse over a long season. Very good knitter or spiller with year-round color. Summer drought tolerant, preferring bright light and good drainage. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Euphorbiaceae

Eurya japonica 'Sea Brocade'

Eurya japonica 'Sea Brocade'
An arrival from Japan in 2007, this graceful small shrub -- to 3 ft or so, with imbricately arranged, narrow leaves splashed and margined cream white and rose -- is a long coveted plant that was, until now, available only in pictures. We prefer the real thing! Though slow to root, plants progress nicely becoming reliable shrubs in a light woodland situation or with morning sun with well-drained soil and even summer water. The winter flowers are tiny and, as a bonus, do NOT have the fragrance/odor of burning tires for which the species is known! Frost hardy in mid USDA zone 7.
Theaceae

Fatsia japonica

Fatsia japonicajapanese aralia
Bold foliage for a shady spot. This garden workhorse is perfect for the hard to maintain area. Evergreen, multi-stemmed shrub to 10 ft with glossy green, palmate leaves, often up to 10” across. Whitish flowers (not so showy, but ‘interesting’ and great good for birds) are followed by black berries. A staple of area dentist office landscapes that can be transformed and transforming in the garden. Regular summer water. Fully frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Ficus aff. heterophylla DJHS 4307
This, one of several forms revolving around or closely related to this lovely fig, was shared with us by plantsman Dan Hinkley, its having been successful for several years in his garden near Seattle,WA. To 6 ft or more and deciduous with red-tinted stems and long, narrow leaves, lobed toward the end and also tinted an orange-red in sun. We have found it to be an endearing texture in our garden. Has been frost hardy to 12F in Washington so we are rating this as at least low USDA zone 8 though relatives have sailed through mid zone 7, often resprouting vigorously from the base. We here at Cistus have a “thing” for the genus ficus so we are very happy with this one. Seems to tolerate quite a bit of drought but we push our along a bit with extra summer water and at least half sun for best stem and leaf color.
Moraceae

Ficus afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre'

Ficus afghanistanica 'Silver Lyre'
A Cistus introduction...yet another hardy fig. We wonder where it's been all our lives. Native from Northern India to western Iran and Afghanistan and a delicacy there with its small, dark, very sweet fruit. We have selected this form from seed for its entrancing, filigreed, silver-green leaves of about 5-7". So far, ours have been for external use only as we have not tasted the fruit. Eventually might reach 15-20 ft in height; can easily be kept smaller with pruning. Sun to part shade. Very drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy to the upper edge of USDA zone 7 so far.
Moraceae

Ficus carica x pumila 'Ruth Bancroft'

Ficus carica x pumila 'Ruth Bancroft'
Vining shrub seldom exceeding 4-6 ft in height, that clamors through deciduous shrubs & against walls. This cultivar, found in Ruth Bancroft's garden, has the same mitten-shaped leaves, to 3-4", but more gracefully lobed. Fegs are tiny, to only 1 cm. For sun to shade in damp or drought though average summer water is best. Essentially evergreen, but deciduous below 15 to 18F, mid USDA zone 8, and freeze-back at 10 to 15F. Resprouts from upper USDA zone 7.
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Ficus heterophylla - small leaf form climbing stream fig
One of several ficus collections by Dan Hinkley and another of our favorites with small, narrow leaves flushed orange, red, and green on a shrub to about 6 ft tall. As with the larger leaf form, creates a most unusual garden texture in full sun to about half shade. Evergreen when temperatures remain above 20F, in USDA zone 9, but may lose leaves in the teens F, recovering nicely in the spring. Looks to be ultimately frost hardy to about 10F, the bottom of USDA zone 8, and probably lower with mulch.
Moraceae

Forsythia viridissima var. koreana 'Kumson'

Forsythia viridissima var. koreana 'Kumson'greenstem forsythia
From Korea, a new forsythia on the scene, growing to about 4-6 ft and providing creamy yellow flowers in January, for us, in February and March in colder climates. The leaves present the most unique feature, patterned and veined with cream and white, the patterns becoming infused with pink and maroon as the late fall color settles in, for year round-interest rather than the one-shot show that forsythias usually provide. Plant as with other forsythias in sun to dappled shade and provide summer water in dry climes. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
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Fothergilla x intermedia 'Blue Shadow'
A lovely, deciduous, witch hazel relative with elegant blue, blue, blue leaves, that are rounded and, yes, blue! except in autumn when they put on a display of purple-orange-red. In April and May, fragrant, frilly bottle-brushy white flowers decorate the branch tips just as the leaves are returning. A slow growing shrub discovered as a sport of Fothergilla 'Mount Airy'. To 5 ft tall x 3 ft wide, in full sun where water is plentiful to part shade with consistent moisture. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
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Fremontodendron 'California Glory' flannel bush
Wonderfully fuzzy leaves -- living up to its name -- and deeply saturated yellow-golden flowers -- to 2-3 in. across -- all summer long. HEAT, SUN, DROUGHT. It thrives on them, demands them, won’t do well without them. This clone to 10-15' wide, 12-20' tall or so, though can be pruned smaller. Avoid watering after the first summer. USDA zone 8-10.
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Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'
Upright fuchsia with golden leaves and single flowers, cerise pink with a lavender blue corolla. To 30" tall, becoming a stout shrub in dappled shade or afternoon shade. Rich soil with consistent summer water is best with occasional fertilizer for health. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Onagraceae

Fuchsia denticulata

Fuchsia denticulata
The blue-green leaves on this species Fuchsia are nice, but I could stare at the flowers for hours at a time. Clusters of 3-4" cerise tubes, shiny green bracts and tangerine petals. Wow. To 6 ft or more, can be “lifted” to expose flaking bark or cut to the ground each year for use as a perennial. The tops are frost hardy to the high 20s F, USDA zone 9; resprouts from 15F, mid zone 8 or so if the crown is mulched. Part shade and damp conditions. Excellent pot specimen.
Onagraceae

Fuchsia magellanica 'David Palmer'

Fuchsia magellanica 'David Palmer'
Shared with us by Portland plantsman, David Palmer, and named for the same. This southern Chilean collection of a hummingbird's wildest fantasy with 1-2" deep cerise sepals and black-red falls has several unusual characteristics for a species long grow in in Britain and in the western US. It's high elevation provenance has allowed it to remain evergreen or nearly so through our coldest, once-in-several-decades winter, growing into a 12 ft most attractive miniature tree. Our plant is now about 10 ft with the prettiest of golden flaking bark, actually rivaling the beauty of the flowers. A least partially deciduous in the low 20sF. Happy in full sun in cooler summer climates. A bit of dappled shade elsewhere. A very good pot standard. Even moisture and fertility will keep it flowering for long periods. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Fuchsia magellanica 'Riccartonii'
Profuse red and purple flowers are abundant and smaller than the species on this shrub, to 5-8 ft tall x 3-5 ft with arching branches. Dark green leaves emerge with some bronzing. This is a very old-fashioned fuchsia, great for hummingbirds, old and young. Sun to part shade in rich soil with summer water in hottest climates. Cut back to 8-12" in late winter. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Onagraceae

Fuchsia procumbens

Fuchsia procumbenscreeping fuchsia
One of only two species from New Zealand, this beach dweller grows only a few inches in height but behaves as a ground cover. The stems are wiry with round 3/8" leaves and, in true New Zealand style, the flowers are weird, under 1/2" and green infused with blue, yellow, and orange. Attractive, purple-black fruit follows late in the season. A great spiller for containers or amid bold leaved plants in the semi-shaded perennial garden. Even moisture. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Fuchsia regia var. serrae
This fuchsia will attempt to climb or drape on whatever it is near, reaching 10-20 ft if allowed. Silvery shiny leaves, purple flowers and violet berries make this patio plant a winner. Overwinter via cuttings on windowsill. Olé Brazil. Particularly colorful with morning sun. Happy in dappled shade. Regular summer water as well. Freezes back in the low 20sF, resprouts from the low to mid teens F, low USDA zone 8.
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Gardenia jasminioides Summer SnowPP #22, 797
Gorgeous gardenia selected by Buds & Blooms nursery for its stunning, double white, highly fragrant flowers nestled on short stems amongst the glossy green leaves in early summer and for its extra cold hardiness, to at least -10F, USDA zone 6 with reports in zone 5. We have not tried it at those temperatures and hopefully we never will but we would be happy to hear from anyone who does. Shrubs reach 4-5 ft tall and wide in part sun to full shade with consistent summer moisture to establish and through the growing season. Fertilizer and iron after blooming helps maintain foliage. Here's to gardenias in colder areas. Worth growing in container in even colder zones.
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Gardenia jasminoides 'Cream Picotee'
A Cistus introduction. Lovely, variegated gardenia, with smallish, shiny, green leaves that are both streaked and spotted creamy whites ... in an attractive way. This compact, evergreen shrub, to only 3-4 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, is vigorous to boot with large, semi-double flowers that rather resemble its relative, G. jasminoides 'Chuck Hayes'. As with other gardenias, sun except in the hottest places where part shade is preferred, rich soil, and regular summer water as well as generous offerings of nutrients and iron. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Gardenia jasminoides 'Rosedown Beauty' hardy gardenia, cape jasmine
One of an increasing number of garden tough forms, G. augusta ‘Rosedown Beauty’ quickly grows to a 4-5 ft, compact, rounded shrub, evergreen, with upturned leaves and a free flowering habit. The semi-double flowers occur throughout the summer season. Best in a sunny situation or dappled shade in the hottest parts of the world. Water in summer in dry climates. Has not been as fussy as some others about nutrients, but, as with all gardenias, benefits from generous amounts of nitrogen and iron. Frost hardy in mid to upper USDA zone 7.
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Garrya congdonii velvetleaf silktassel
Native and endemic to California in chaparral country and woodlands in the Pacific Coast range, Congdon silktassel is multi-stemmed, evergreen shrub, to 8-10 ft tall x 6-8 ft wide, with wavy-edged, leathery leaves, glossy dark green on top with a slight yellow tinge and paler and furry on the undersides, and long, dangling catkins in late January and February. Enjoys lean, well-drained soil, but tolerates clay. Also tolerant of summer drought but more lushly green with occasional summer water. Frost hardy to the low teens F, USDA zone 8. Said to be unpalatable to deer and rabbits.
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Garrya elliptica coast silk tassel
Handsome evergreen native that blooms in late winter displaying splendid pendulous silky catkins. Leaves are large, leathery, shiny and undulate (wavy edged). Growing to 10-12 ft tall as a large shrub and taller if trimmed into tree form, these are extremely tough plants and make an excellent hedge. Best in full to part sun in well-drained soil with little summer water once established. Native from sw Oregon to southern California from the Coast Range to the coast. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Garrya elliptica 'Evie'
Handsome evergreen native with pendulous silky catkins in late winter. Shiny undulate leaves. Extremely tough, drought tolerant shrub/small tree (to appx. 10-12'). Male clone named for butch lady.
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Garrya elliptica 'Roy Lancaster' coast silktassel
A Cistus introduction. Selected from a male plant growing along the Pacific Coast near the lovely town of Pistil River Oregon and named in honor of great British plantsman, Roy Lancaster, as the first species he saw, having been coaxed to join this fun, September, 2009 excursion to the coast. To about 6 ft tall, a bit larger in time, with 3" gently scalloped leaves and abundant, dangling winter flowers. These attributes, along with a light gray cast to the overall plant and a diminished likelihood of winter spotting, make it a fine new selection for light shade to full sun and little summer water once established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Garrya wrightii wright’s silktassel
Evergreen shrub to small tree -- 6 ft up to a possible 15 ft over time -- native to Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Wonderful for those tough environments. Leathery leaves are yellow green above, light green and a nice, contrasing light green below. White tassels in late spring followed by purplish blue berries. Best in coarse, well-drained soil and sun. Low water requirements. Frost hardy to 12F, lower USDA zone 8.
Garryaceae

Garrya x issaquahensis

Garrya x issaquahensis
This represents a hybrid made beween Garrya fremontii and G. elliptica. Both these native western species are attractive in their own right, with this one forming glossy-leaved shrubs to 6 ft, occasionally to 10 ft or more with age -- but, hey, we all own clippers. The winter catkins are 5-6" long, these with a mauve hue. Frost hardy at least to 0F, USDA zone 7, the leaves rarely exhibiting black spotting. Dry shade or sun with little if any summer water once established and decent drainage.
Garryaceae

Grevillea juniperina 'Low Red'

Grevillea juniperina 'Low Red'
Fabulous and exciting grevillea, a low, fine-textured, ground cover, to 18" x 5 ft+ with abundant clusters of coral-red flowers hanging from the branches from fall through spring, charming amongst the needle-like foliage, less sharp in this form. Happily, survives temperatures to nearly 10F with little damage. Drought tolerant once established in lean soil. Should NOT be fertilized with phosphorus or potassium. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8; perhaps upper 7.
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Grevillea juniperina 'Molonglo'
A ground covering grevillea, to 2 ft tall x 10 ft wide adorned with deep gold flowers from fall through spring and occasionally beyond. Evergreen, it is dense and smothers weeds easily. Full sun and good drainage. Drought tolerant once established. Avoid fertilizers as with all proteas. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Proteaceae

Griselinia littoralis 'Bantry Bay'

Griselinia littoralis 'Bantry Bay'broadleaf kapuka
Lovely and unusual evergreen shrub, to 10 ft tall by 6-7 ft wide, with shiny, leathery variegated leaves -- green with a large, creamy white central splash -- and a dense, upright habit. Easily pruned to shape as a striking specimen or dense hedge. Spring flowers are yellow-green but hardly noticeable though they produce purple berries in autumn. A good coastal plant, tolerating sun and wind. Enjoys part shade inland and rich soil with regular summer water everywhere. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Griseliniaceae

Hakea lissosperma

Hakea lissospermaneedle bush
Very hardy Protea relation from eastern Australia, a great garden plant. 5 to 8 ft or more tall & covered with clusters of eyelash shaped white fragrant flowers in summer. Needle-like leaves are aromatic & handsomely arching. Tolerates a bit of summer irrigation. Our cuttings from an old plant at the University of British Columbia. As with all proteas, avoid fertilizer with phosphorous. Frost hardy to USDA zone 8.
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Halimium halimifolium f. maculatum
Charming cistus relative, the spring flowers an easy-going yellow with a dark red spot on each petal near the flower center, handsome amongst the narrow-leaved, blue-green foliage. Plants are evergreen and upright, to 3 ft tall x 4 ft wide, a coolish looking shrub for the Mediterranean garden where the sun is bright, the soil is lean and well-drained, and summer water is rarely provided once plants are established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Cistaceae

Halimium x pauanum

Halimium x pauanumyellow rock rose
Upright, evergreen shrub, to 6 x 4 ft, with gray-green foliage and, in May and June, abundant, brilliant yellow flowers, larger than most species and lasting for several weeks. Performs best in the sun, planted in mineral soil with good drainage. Drought tolerant once established. This cross between H. halimifolium and H. lasianthum is among the hardiest to frost: to 10F, USDA zone 8, in Mediterranean conditions.
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Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise''
A wonderful witch hazel to add to the collection, this one to 12 ft tall producing fall foliage color in shades of yellow, orange and red and then, in mid-winter, bright yellow flowers. Happy in sun to part shade with summer water for best perforance. Frost hardy to -5F, USDA zone 6b.
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Hebe 'Patty's Purple'
Evergreen, mounding shrub, to 2-3 ft tall x 1-2 ft wide with small, dark green leaves on red stems and, in spring to summer, spikes of purple flowers that fade to white over time. Good for a small hedge or specimen in full sun to part shade and well-drained soil with some supplemental summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Plantaginaceae

Hebe 'Silver Dollar'

Hebe 'Silver Dollar'
One of the sweetest hebes around, a glaucophylla type with rounded leaves tinted powder blue and attractively streaked with cream and pink variegations. Evergreen, to only about 2 ft tall and wide, the form is dense and the colors striking. Spring flowers are pale lavender adding even more color. Hebes need good drainage in sun to part sun with summer water. Also one of the hardier hebes, easily accepting USDA zone 8 and fine in zone 7 in the best conditions.
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Hebe buchananii hollow leaved hebe
Sweet, small hebe, to only 12" tall x 12-14" wide with small, pale green, succulent leaves, seemingly stacked along the stems, and clusters of white flowers in mid to late summer just in time to make the bees happy. Discovered by and named for John Buchanan, a Scotsman who botanised in New Zealand during the mid 19th century. Does well in full sun to light shade with very good drainage and summer water for best appearance. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6 with that good drainage.
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Hebe cupressoides
Seriously frost hardy, cypress-like, whip cord Hebe primarily grown for its handsome, evergreen foliage. Pale lilac flowers are small -- but no doubt magnificent under very high magnification. Plants grow slowly up to 4 ft tall and, after many years, 3-4 ft wide, appearing as a small conifer. Very useful in the landscape. Best where there is excellent drainage in sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Hebe glaucophylla 'Korbel Pewter'

Hebe glaucophylla 'Korbel Pewter'
A useful evergreen shrub with natural good looks. Like the species, an upright shrub to 2 ft x 2 ft with small, gray-green leaves, grayer in this cultivar as the name would suggest. Blooms in early summer with clusters of pure white. Prefers well-drained, fertile soil in sun to part shade with average summer moisture. Evergreen to at least mid-USDA zone 8 and possibly lower.
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Hebe venustula 'Sky Blue'
Shared with us by one of North America's great centers of "hebeosity", the University of Southern California Arboretum at Santa Cruz, this is one of the most often remarked upon plants in our New Zealand border where 3 ft, nearly orbicular mounds of glossy round leaves set in geometric patterns make a stunning sight! All this with dark stems and the prettiest of blue flowers, usually late spring to early summer. Sun to part sun, good drainage and normal water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Helianthemum 'Cheviot'

Helianthemum 'Cheviot'
A great selection of sun rose, with oodles of peachy apricot flowers in spring to early summer. Woody, evergreen shrub for the dry garden, to only 6-12" tall and spreading to 2 ft. A terrific ground cover for full sun, well-drained soil and little to no summer water once established. Shearing after flowering maintains compact growth. Use to cascade over walls or sides of containers. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
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Helianthemum nummularium 'Raspberry Ripple'
Another great sun rose for the sunny garden. Bicolor raspberry and white flowers make this selection a stand out. 12" in height and 24" in width, though can look spectracular when planted in a larger mass. Excellent in the rockery, near the sidewalk, on the south wall, or in an exposed container. Little summer water once established. Full sun. Will tolerate poor soils. USDA zone 4.
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Helianthemum nummularium 'Wisley Primrose' sunrose
A selection with cheery, pale yellow flowers atop gray foliage beginning in late spring. To only 6-12" tall and spreading, compact carpet of flowers is excellent for path edges, rock walls, and anywhere a small scale groundcover is needed in full to part sun. Low water needs, perhaps a sprinkle now again in summer. Sheer old flowers to promote tight growth and rebloom. Or just let it do its thing on its own. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
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Helichrysum heldreichii - Hythe Form
The grayest subshrub in our garden at present, growing to a compact 18" tall or so with narrow, indeed gray foliage densely held, look a bit like lavender. Flowers in late spring through the summer, clusters of pale buttons to amongst the foliage. Very easy and striking in bright light with good drainage and a little summer water. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6. This form shared with us by Hythe Alpine Nursery in the United Kingdom.
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Helichrysum selago var. tumidum x H. bellidioides UCSC 89.6

Helichrysum selago var. tumidum x H. bellidioides UCSC 89.6
Wonderful creeping subshrub shared with us by the University of California Arboretum at Santa Cruz. This natural hybrid grows to only 8" in height, spreading to 2-3 ft, and is a glistening silver in all parts. Small "everlasting" flowers of pearly white appear in mid to late spring. Best with bright light, gritty soil, and at least some summer water in dry places. Not a lover of heat and humidity. We have used ours to great effect in our black and white border as well as in containers in need of high contrast. Evergreen (ever-silver!) to at least 15 to 18F, USDA zone 8b, and probably a bit lower.
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Huodendron tibeticum xi shan mo il
Rarely offered evergreen shrub to small tree. Grows slowly. Can reach 30 ft, but 15 ft is more reasonable in the garden. Closely related to Styrax, this collection from Yunnan is frost hardy in USDA zone 8 if planted where it gets even moisture over the summer and isn’t soggy in the winter. Long, narrow leaves are shiny green with bronze coloration in new growth. White bell flowers are abundant in spring when mature. Best in sun to part shade.
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Hydrangea arborescens 'Emerald Lace'

Hydrangea arborescens 'Emerald Lace'smooth hydrangea
An unusual and unique hydrangea, found in Illinois by Stan Tyson, with dark green foliage, ragged and deeply, irregularly lobed with occasional crest formations. Summer flowers are white lace-caps. A deciduous shrub, reaching to 4-5 ft tall x 3-4 ft wide over time and enjoying bright light to part shade with regular summer water. Blooms on new wood; can be cut back hard in late winter. Frost hardy to -25F, mid USDA zone 4. Sometimes found as H. arborescens 'Green Dragon'.
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Hydrangea aspera 'Red Fred'
A striking plant that has appeared from both Japan and China of late presenting 6-8", beautifully felted leaves colored burgundy on the undersides and, in spring, large flattened sprays of fertile flowers from white to pale blue. These deciduous shrubs easily reach 6-8 ft, tall enough to be lifted, e.g., trimmed up to expose the contrast of golden, flaking bark and the striking leaf undersides. Prefers a moist situation with dappled shade. Frost hardy to 5F, USDA zone 7b.
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Hydrangea aspera 'Rocklon' rough-leaved hydrangea
Unusual hydrangea selected for its dark purple stems and petioles and for flowers that are bigger than a small child's head, white lace-caps appearing from pinkish buds. Large, deciduous shrub, to 12 ft tall x 8 ft wide, with rich green, serrated leaves making a good background for the floral display. Best in half sun or dappled shade with summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hatsushima' big-leaf hydrangea
A medium growing mop-top with pleasing blue-violet flowers, the flowers deepening in intensity over the summer into autumn. But even more exciting these have consistently white streaked leaves making it a beautiful woodland shrub contrastingly greatly with the flowers. (We have found our plants to occasionally throw a green reversion so best to prune accordingly.) Best in damp, well-drained soil preferably in dappled shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mariesii'
One of the more rewarding deciduous Hydrangeas -- in gardens for many years, but surprisingly never common. Shrubs, to 4 ft or more, for dappled shade with strikingly green and white variegated leaves and lavender to blue fertile flowers surrounded by an elegant ring of sterile florets. Care is for that of other Hydrandgeas with decent summer moisture in dry places. Takes fairly heavy pruning, still flowering each season. Frost hardy to USDA zone 5 - 6.
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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Mickanya' big-leaf hydrangea
A mophead hydrangea with violet flowers and dense, glossy green, rounded leaves -- rather different from other deciduous hydrangeas. A small to medium shrub, to only 4 ft tall or a bit more, for sun or, in the hottest climates, dappled to part shade and rich, well-drained soil with consistent summer moisture. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
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Hydrangea macrophylla 'Sun Goddess'

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Sun Goddess'big-leaf hydrangea
'Sun Goddess' is also known as 'Lemon Zest' and 'Yellow Leaf' -- confirming that, indeed, this is a yellow foliage hydrangea, a shrub to 4 ft x 4 ft with mophead flowers, pink to blue (with sufficient acidity). For a bright garden accent, protect from hottest afternoon sun and provide summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8, upper zone 7 in a protected spot.
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Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee' dwarf oakleaf hydrangea
Compact oakleaf hydrangea, to 2-3 ft tall and wide. Creamy flowers appear in mid summer to early fall. Foliage emerges bright spring-green and darkens to burgundy in the fall - a lovely contrast with the white flowers. For part shade - a bit of protection from western sun - and average summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
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Hydrangea scandens 'Fragrant Splash'
A unique and hard-to-find hydrangea, low growing, the branches trailing along the ground with handsome, new leaves, emerging purple marked with pale yellow veins. White, lacecap flowers, arriving surprisingly early in spring, are numerous, floriferous, and charming. Dappled shade to part shade with summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Hydrangea serrata 'Acuminata'

Hydrangea serrata 'Acuminata'mountain hydrangea
Also known as H. serrata 'Bluebird', this small hydrangea has particularly lovely, lacecap flowers composed of dark blue fertile flowers surrounded by pale lavender-blue florets, all covering the plant from June to October. Can grow to 5 ft tall, but, as flowering is improved by regular pruning, it is easily kept smaller. Sun to part shade with consistent summer moisture and fertilizer. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
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Hydrangea serrata 'O-amacha Nishiki'' mountain hydrangea
Rare and unusual, strikingly variegated hydrangea in greens and golds, this form selected by the late JC Raulston at the NC State University Arboretum that now bears his name. Deciduous shrub to 4 ft tall and wide with summer lacecap flowers of white florets blushed pink. Can take full sun on the coast but best protected from the harshest afternoon sun inland. Rich soil and summer water everywhere. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 6.
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Ilex aquifolium 'Crassifolia'

Ilex aquifolium 'Crassifolia'leatherleaf holly
Cultivated since the 1700s, this oddly handsome, small holly reaches 6 - 8 ft tall but very slowly, its curved leaves, shiny and dark with their distinctive, soft spines standing out on dark purple stems in the new growth. Spring flowers are white but inconspicuous, producing no fruit on this male cultivar. Sun to part shade with average summer moisture, though these can tolerate some drought once established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
A particularly useful form of the oft used I. crenata, this miniature “Italian cypress” forms a handsome evergreen exclamation point in the landscape, growing to 5-6 ft or so, maintaining a very narrow width, often not more than 1 ft to 18”, a very good structure for the garden or container. Tolerant of dappled shade and certainly full sun, preferring at least occasional summer water. Cold hardy in USDA zone 6.
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Ilex dimorphophylla x cornuta

Ilex dimorphophylla x cornuta
This very compact shrub, to upwards of 6 ft and rather narrow, has densely held, 1-2", almost succulent, spring-green leaves with spines towards the ends. This cross has all the glossiness and cold hardiness of I. cornuta and the delicate beauty of the more tender I. dimorphophylla. Good for small specimens or hedges and a most attractive pot specimen. Prefers dappled shade to full sun and regular, even if infrequent, summer water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 6 or low zone 7.
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Ilex rotunda round leaf holly
A classic broadleaved evergreen for the West. Shrubs are rounded, to 4-6 ft, the 5” leaves, exceedingly glossy with outsized teeth when young, eventually becoming toothless as the plant ages. Full sun to half shade. Appreciates occasional summer water though drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy USDA zone 6.
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Ilex vomitoria 'William Fleming'

Ilex vomitoria 'William Fleming'fleming yaupon holly
A strikingly upright cultivar of a southeast US native, the form is columnar --like Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervivum), reaching 8-15 ft, though easily kept lower -- and accented with glossy, evergreen leaves, to about 1" long, and small, orange-red berries in autumn. On mature plants, the upright branches can lean and develop upright branchlets so plants are easily shorn or tied to retain a tighter presence. More tolerant of moisture than Italian cypress. Lovers of heat and tolerant of drought once established, they are frost hardy 0F, USDA zone 7, and are best in full sun to only lightly dappled shade. As the name suggests, the fruit should not be eaten.
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Illicium floridanum 'Head-Lee Compact' compact star anise
Lustrous leaved, evergreen anise with especially large dusky red, star-shaped fragrant flowers in early spring. (Okay, so they kinda smell like St. Bernard breath... but the crushed leaves do smell like aniseed.) This selection from the Head-Lee Nursery in South Carolina is a tough plant for part shade to full shade and indeed compact, remaining under 6 ft. Plants are moisture loving and unhappy if allowed to dry out. Frost hardy to USDA zone 6.
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Illicium henryi - Camellia Forest clone

Illicium henryi - Camellia Forest clonehenry anise tree
Native to central and western China this evergreen shrub or small tree, shared with us by Camellia Forest Nursery in North Carolina, can eventually reach 7-15 ft tall and wide. Anise-scented leaves are about 6" long and slender, said to be deer resistant, and late spring flowers are cupped and copper to dark red. Part shade to shade; remains dense and shapely even in deep shade. Can be grown in full sun in milder climates. Good for screening. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zones 7.
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Iochroma australe SBH 6129 mini angel's trumpet
A wonderful shrubby angel's trumpet (previously Acnistus australis.) This form, collected by Sean in Argentina, produces a profusion, indeed a plethora of dark blue, bellflowers hanging from each branch in spring and early summer, outstanding against the pale bark and dark leaves. These deciduous shrubs reach 6-8 ft tall and nearly as wide if left untrimmed. For sun to part shade, flowering best with summer moisture but tolerant of drought once established. Can be coppiced to maintain compactness but the winter structure of nearly white branchlets is an additional attraction. Root hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, and evergreen in zone 9, 20F and above.
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Jasminum mesnyi 'Gold Tip'

Jasminum mesnyi 'Gold Tip'primrose jasmine
Similar to Jasminum mesnyi 'Full Moon' but with leaves that are variegated gold and green, creating a mounding texture. Also a mounding shrub to 4-5 ft or a vine to 10 ft or more. Sun for best color but very adaptable to shade. Cheerful, too. Flowers are similar as well, pale yellow appearing from spring through autumn. Drought tolerant though appreciates occasional summer water in dry climates. Frost hardy to 10F, the bottom of USDA zone 8. Also known as Jasminum primulinum,
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Jasminum parkeri 'Phantom'

Jasminum parkeri 'Phantom'dwarf jasmine
A Cistus introduction. Having originated from one of our seed batches, this is a deciduous shrub to only about 18" to 2 ft tall with fine-textured leaves of only one inch or less that hold on late into the fall. Spring growth emerges nearly white splashed pink fading to cream then light green. Though smaller than the species, still vigorous for such a variegated plant. Tolerant of summer drought and happy in full sun to dappled shade. Evergreen where temperatures do not drop below 25F. Otherwise frost hardy in USDA zone 7b.
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Kerria japonica 'Albescens'

Kerria japonica 'Albescens'white japanese kerria
Deciduous shrub, enjoyed especially for its single flowers with oddly shaped petals in creamy, pale yellow. To 6 ft tall and wide, but easily trimmed, these are lovely in early to mid spring when covered with flowers. Fine in part shade to full sun with occasional summer water. Said to be deer resistant. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
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Lagerstroemia 'Natchez' white crape myrtle
Beautiful, vase-shaped small tree (to 25-30 ft tall x 20 ft wide) that covers itself with trusses of pure white flowers in late summer. Dark green leaves in summer change to bright red in the cool of fall. Cinnamon pealing bark on mature plants adds to the appeal. of this wonderful garden specimen or street tree. Full sun, good drainage, and regular water for best blooms. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
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Lagerstroemia 'Osage' osage crape myrtle
Outstanding crepe myrtle entirely suited to western Oregon gardens with huge clusters of clear pink flowers in early August to late September. Reaches 15 ft tall with a spreading, somewhat pendulous branches (made more so in flower) and stunning bark that becomes swirled in mahogany and chestnut brown with age. Leaves emerge dark green and turn bright red and orange in autumn for even more color. Enjoys the hottest full sun with summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6b.
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Laurus nobilis 'Aurea'

Laurus nobilis 'Aurea'golden bay
For the culinary gardener -- a densely branched, evergreen tree, 6-15 ft wide x 10-30 ft tall, with bright yellow, aromatic leaves - bay leaves, only yellow - that can season soups and stews. Small, yellowish flowers are followed by black, fruit. Native to the Mediterranean in moist valleys, so well-drained soil, sun to part shade, and some summer moisture is best, at least until well established. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zones 8.
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Lavandula stoechas 'Otto Quast' spanish lavender
Small, evergreen shrub, 1-2 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide, with inch long leaves, very gray-green, and purple flowers from early spring to late summer and occasionally all year. Like all lavenders, likes full sun and well-drained soil with only occasional summer water. This form, found by Otto Quast and introduced by California's Homestead Nursery, is frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'
A bushy lavender, large, to 40” tall x 3 ft wide and very fragrant, the flowers blue-violet on tall spikes. Like all lavenders, full sun, lean soil, and little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
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Leptospermum lanigerum - Mt. Wall

Leptospermum lanigerum - Mt. Walltea tree
This late spring flowering Tasmanian tea tree becomes a medium shrub in time, to 5-10 ft tall x 3-5 ft wide -- not really a tree at all. Silvery evergreen leaves are small and fragrant when crushed or brushed and meld well with all sorts of other foliage types while creating a perfect backdrop for the small, single, white, fragrant flowers. Full sun to light shade is best where soil is well-drained. Needs little summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Leptospermum namadgiensis alpine tea tree
One of the nicest tea trees to come to us in a long time, this shared with us by Paul Bonine of Xera Plants and named after Namadgi National Park on the Australian Capital Territory/ New South Wales border. Only found in the late 80s growing on thin soils at high elevations and introduced to us recently. To 3-4 ft tall with small, shiny, evergreen leaves and spring flowers, white ever so slightly tinted pink, for sun to dappled shade. To us the most striking feature is the bark, peeling in sheets to a light orange. Plants in the garden should be lifted to expose this lovely feature. Good hedging or container plant and rather drought tolerant in the ground. Has been tested so far in this country to as low as 5F with no damage, therefore a confidant USDA zone 7b.
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Leptospermum rupestre - Kate Bryant Collection

Leptospermum rupestre - Kate Bryant Collectionalpine tea tree
An upright form of an often prostrate plant, grown from seed collected by Portland's own Kate Bryant in high elevation Tasmania at nearly 4000 ft, maintains a narrow, upright form, reaching 5 ft tall eventually, with smallish green, glossy leaves, gold bark, and white, star-shaped flowers appearing in early spring. Best in full sun to part shade, in soil that is well-drained. Once established needs only occasional summer water. In addition, a few leaves in a cup of just boiled water, a squeeze of lemon and all your ills will go away -- or so we hear. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Leptospermum scoparium 'Washington Park Hardy'
Leptospermum scoparium is among the most beautiful of the teas so we were happy to find this one surviving robustly after a 10F winter in Seattle's Washington Park. Though a shrub to under 4 ft at the time there, in our garden, with a little more heat, it quickly lept to a 4 x 8 ft specimen with deep green, burgundy tinted leaves and clouds of white flowers in spring. We kind of think of it as a purple Italian cypress for bright conditions and some summer water especially in dry climates. We declare it hardy easily to the mid teens F so, USDA zone 8b, and possible to mid USDA zone 7.
Myrtaceae

Lespedeza liukiuensis 'Little Volcano'

Lespedeza liukiuensis 'Little Volcano'little volcano bush clover
Shared with us by plantsman extraordinaire Ted Stephens, this 6 to 8 foot shrub from the garden of Dr. Shibamichi in Japan begins flowering mid-autumn (and sporadically year-round), producing a lava flow of magenta to cerise flowers accentuated by striking late November-December golden fall color. Despite its subtropical origins in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, this has been reliable in USDA zone 7. A lover of warmth and water. Full sun to half shade. Particularly good as container plants or near wall edges.
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Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Silver Angel' silver angel japonese shrub mint
Shared with us by plantsman Ted Stephens this small shrubby perennial, to only about 18-20" inches tall, adorns itself with 4" leaves of silver simply edged in deep green. The strange terminal flowers are a pale lilac but appear almost cone-like. A striking addition to the woodland garden. We suggest underplanting with darker, evergreen ground covers for contrast. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
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Ligustrum japonicum 'Aureum' japanese privet
Shared with us by Pat McCracken, this 5 ft, compact shrub produces the same waxy, shiny leaves as the species but they are of a rich, warm golden. In full sun the tips bleach, giving it a two-tone effect; in more shade the protected branches maintain a spring-green tone. Clusters of creamy white flowers attract bees in spring. Provide even summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7. A fine pot plant.
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Ligustrum japonicum 'Ko Ryu'

Ligustrum japonicum 'Ko Ryu'japanese privet
New and unusual evergreen shrub, a Japanese selection, with shiny, dark green leaves that are narrow, curved, and slightly twisted with a ridge along the midrib, creating a striking and irregular texture. Becomes graceful with age as, eventually, a handsome, small tree for sun to part shade with regular summer water. A good container plant. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Ligustrum japonicum 'Rotundifolium'

Ligustrum japonicum 'Rotundifolium'curlyleaf privet
Evergreen shrub that grows quickly to a dense 4-6 feet tall x about half as wide, with smooth and shiny, dark leaves, somewhat curled with margins occasionally showing a bit of red. White flowers are scented in pyramidal panicles in spring. A very useful shrub for sun or part shade, well-drained soil, and regular summer water. Easily pruned to shape. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Oleaceae

Lithocarpus densiflorus var. echinoides SBH 7413

Lithocarpus densiflorus var. echinoides SBH 7413tanoak
Another in our collection of this favorite West Coast native shrub and very diminutive form of the tan oak. In this form, the leaves, to 2" long, are the most intense light blue of any found in this collection from the Oregon Mountain, their undersides nearly white and new growth a blue-tinted-pink and furry. Otherwise, like others of these Siskiyou Mountains endemics, growing only to 3-4 ft in height, forming dense rounded shrubs. The flowers look like those of a chestnut with branched, cream-colored inflorescences and golden brown “acorns.” Tough, native mostly to serpentine soil regions, they seem at home anywhere on the West Coast with lean soil and away from summer garden water. Not a plant for humid summer climates. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
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Lomatia myricoides - narrow leaf form
From Australia, a handsome, evergreen multi-stemmed shrub or small tree to 8-10 ft . The abundant leaves are long and, in this form, yellow-green and especially narrow with edges that are widely toothed creating an interesting texture. Blooms in summer, the clusters of fragrant, white flowers nestled in the leaves. Sun to part shade is best in well-drained soil with summer water. Avoid fertilizer as with all proteas. Frost hardy and undamaged in USDA zone 8, showing some leaf damage in upper USDA zone 7.
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Lonicera nitida boxleaf honeysuckle
Very useful evergreen shrub with small, roundish leaves, glossy and dark green, on densely branched structures. To 4-5 ft tall and wide and easily pruned or sheared as a finely textured hedge. Grown primarily for the foliage but occasionally produces small, white flowers in spring that become black berries. For sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Prefers summer moisture but, tolerates some summer drought in shady sites. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae

Lonicera nitida 'Briloni'

Lonicera nitida 'Briloni'briloni box-leaf honeysuckle
Golden leaved honeysuckle shrub for the shaded garden. Blooms sparsely in spring, the small white flowers followed by small, bluish fruits. Slow growing, to only 3-4 ft tall and wide over time and smaller than other golden forms, with arching branches that add texture and bright golden accents. Tolerates sun but tends towards a more chartreuse color. Enjoys summer water but tolerates some drought once established. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Caprifoliaceae

Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty'

Lonicera nitida 'Lemon Beauty'lemon beauty box-leaf honeysuckle
If you are going to commit a horticultural faux pas, you might as well do it with this. Evergreen shrub, to 4-6 ft with tiny green leaves edged yellow, remaining so in a bit of shade; variegation becomes less distinct, more overall yellow, in brightest light. ‘Lemon Beauty’ makes a very nice low hedge. As a single plant, it shines. Sun to part shade with normal water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Caprifoliaceae

Lonicera nitida 'Red Tips'

Lonicera nitida 'Red Tips'
A new cultivar of this very useful, small-leaved, evergreen shrub with red new growth that matures to dark green with hints of red. Seems to top out at about 4 ft or so. Useful as formal or informal hedge, accent, or foundation plant. Full to part sun with regular summer water for best appearance. Easily pruned to shape. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Caprifoliaceae

Lonicera nitida 'Twiggy'

Lonicera nitida 'Twiggy' dwarf box honeysuckle
Sweet version of a classic, landscape plant with tiny golden leaves that hold their color well. Smaller than the species, growing slowly to 2 ft tall and wide, dense and, indeed, twiggy, these are excellent as hedging, border plants, or single specimens creating a bright spot in sun to part shade with average summer water. A New Zealand introduction, evergreen to 10F, USDA zone 8, and cold hardy to -20F, zone 6.
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Lonicera standishii 'Platt Garden Form' standish's honeysuckle
This robust selection of the deciduous, 6-8 ft shrub was introduced by the late and great gardener, Jane Platt. It’s most outstanding feature is the white, 1” trumpets that begin opening as early as November, most often in December, lasting through April in great fragrant abundance. That said, a plant for the background but within 15 ft of the front door. We prune ours back slowly over the winter by harvesting the small, upright branches from those larger arching ones, for continuous winter bouquets. Sun to part shade. Drought tolerant, though some summer water in dry climates helps bud formation. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Caprifoliaceae

Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Sundae'

Lophomyrtus x ralphii 'Sundae'
Lovely evergreen shrub from New Zealand, to 8-12 ft tall x 4-8 ft wide, the foliage rounded and puckered with creamy margins, adding shades of maroon in winter. Small, sweetly fragrant, white flowers appear in summer. Best in bright light with good drainage and regular summer moisture. Frost hardy to 15F, upper USDA zone 8.
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Loropetalum chinense 'Akebono'
Lovely Chinese witch hazel, shared with us by Nurseries Carolinianas, this with intense cherry red flowers in late winter to early summer and sporadically throughout the year. Lovely evergreen shrub, medium sized to 4-6 ft tall and wide, with burgundy leaves -- darker in more sun. Great garden accent. Full sun to bright shade with consistent summer water. Overhead protection provides an extra cushion against winter cold. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Hamamelidaceae

Loropetalum chinense 'Snow Dance'

Loropetalum chinense 'Snow Dance'
Hassle free and easy witch-hazel relative, this one with white flowers and green leaves and a bit more frost hardy than its purple-leaved cousins. Evergreen and developing into a large shrub or small tree, to 6-8 ft if left on its own, but easily pruned to any size. New leaves emerge with red-maroon tips fading to lime. In spring, white, fringe-like flowers cover the foliage. Rich soil in full to part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Hamamelidaceae

Luma apiculata

Luma apiculata
From a delightful South American genus of myrtaceous shrubs and small trees, this one reaching 8-12 ft with shiny round leaves, honey scented white flowers and reddish to purplish to black fruit often used in preserves and eating out of hand. One of the most striking features is the white, cream, and pink patterns that develops on the trunks as plants age. Often found growing nearly in small creeks but able as well to withstand drought. This form was collected in southern Chile and should be among the hardier of the group withstanding low teens F, mid USDA zone 8, with no damage. Where temperatures are likely to fall lower, place out of wind or possibly consider moving to a better climate.
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Luma chequen chilean myrtle
Small tree to 20 ft or so that is undergoing a change from its recent name - Myrtus chequen. A native of Chile, ours was found near Vilches. Leaves are evergreen and slightly fragrant when brushed, lovely with the white, mid-summer flowers and again when the small purplish fruit appears in the fall -- and is, in fact, edible though, reported to tedious to prepare. A nice small-textured tree for sun, good drainage and regular summer water. Frost hardy to at least to the mid teens F, mid USDA zone 8.
Myrtaceae

Magnolia figo 'Port Wine'

Magnolia figo 'Port Wine'banana shrub
This lovely evergreen, now included in the genus magnolia, grows to 6-10 ft, with shiny, slightly leathery leaves. Needs a warm, protected spot for producing the best flowers, those delicious creations of cream inner petals and and outer petals colored a dusky port-wine -- all with an intense strawberry banana bubble gum fragrance. Sun and well-drained soil with some supplemental water in summer. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Magnoliaceae

Magnolia laevifolia - large form

Magnolia laevifolia - large form
Received as Michelia crassipes, this is clearly a steroidal form of the very lovely Magnolia laevifolia, larger in all its parts -- to 20 -30 ft tall x 10-15 ft wide with 4” leaves, the undersides clothed in coppery indumentum as are the stems and flowers buds, and abundant, sweetly fragrant white flowers in late winter and spring and often again in autumn. Successful and happy in full sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy to at least 10F, USDA zone 8. (As mentioned elsewhere, originally named Michelia yunnanensis, then Magnolia dianica, and finally, we hope, M. laevifolia.)
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Magnolia laevifolia 'Free Spirit'
New for 2013. A most lovely small evergreen, a spreading to strongly weeping form of M. laevifolia with satiny copper colored indumentum on the leaves stems and flower buds. Very fragrant white flowers appear from early to late spring and occasionally again in autumn. To 3-4 ft tall and particularly useful planted atop walls, slopes or in containers. Best in sun to part shade with regular summer. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Magnolia laevifolia 'Velvet & Cream'
A wonderful cultivar of the always lovely Magnolia laevifolia, this developed in New Zealand, selected for its large (for the species), fragrant white flowers in abundance in early spring and often again in fall. A sturdy shrub, to 8 ft tall or so, easily trimmed, with somewhat weeping branches with 3" leaves covered in copper indumentum. Flowers buds that begin to develop in autumn are covered in coppery indumentum as well. Best in sun to half shade with consistent summer water. Frost hardy into the single digits F, upper USDA zone 7. Recently M. dianica, previously Michelia yunnanensis.
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Mahonia fortunei 'Curlyque'
A Cistus introduction. A seedling of a very useful Asian "Oregon" grape with an upright form to 4 ft occasionally to 6 ft . Habitually flowering in fall, earlier than other Asian species, and having smaller rosettes of leaves. This “brand” has particularly long, narrow, graceful leaves, slightly twisted to form a most attractive pattern and texture. Full sun to dappled shade with summer water in dry climates. Mildew can occur on plants in shade that is too dense. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7 to low zone 8.
Berberidaceae

Mahonia gracilipes

Mahonia gracilipes
Peek at the brilliant white leaf undersides and fall in love. This rare, Chinese evergreen mahonia, introduced into western horticulture in 1980 by Roy Lancaster, has graceful, blue-green, compound leaves with surprising white undersides, and, in summer, sprays of pretty, delicate flowers with purple-red petals and ivory interiors. Sturdy and choice. Native to shady limestone cliffs, though it’s quite happy in garden conditions in full sun with moist soil to nearly full shade. Can reach about 6 ft high x 5 ft wide eventually. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Berberidaceae

Mahonia lomariifolia

Mahonia lomariifolia
An old-fashioned but often difficult to find component of western and southern gardens from eastern Asia, the 10 ft graceful stalks produce 18" leaves with multiple leaflets of a blueish green and winter flowers of a fragrant bright yellow, usually at peak around New Year's Day. It's one of the parents of many of the media hybrids. Can be used to great effect in woodlands gardens and for tropical effect. Useful if placed where winter viewing is possible. A great complement to such plants as Edgeworthia crysantha; as the Mahonia fades the Edgeworthia is just coming one. USDA zone 8; damaged in the low teens F but recovers into uppermost USDA zone 7. Give supplemental water in dry summer climates.
Berberidaceae

Mahonia pinnata ssp. insularis 'Shnilemoon'

Mahonia pinnata ssp. insularis 'Shnilemoon'
From the channel islands off southern California, this form named by the fabulous University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum. Makes a rounded shrub of upright branches with multiply-pinnate leaves, nearly round and the brightest spring green, held on very pretty, rather gracile, deep brown stems. All this adorned with cheery yellow flowers in late winter and spring and blue berries beyond. This is one of the most unique forms of a species native from southern Oregon to Baja. Prefers Mediterranean conditions....sorry Florida. Frost hardy to mid USDA zone 8. Tolerant and pleased with long periods of summer drought in either sun or shade.
Berberidaceae

Mahonia x media 'Charity'

Mahonia x media 'Charity'
A candelabra of sizzling yellow flowers in winter is a very welcome sight on this handsome mahonia, a tall and vigorous evergreen plant that is quite architectural, flashy and easy to grow too. Fairly columnar and multi-stemmed, to 10 ft tall x 5 ft wide, these are best planted away from paths where their prickly foliage may be experienced too closely. Full to part sun with some summer water, though somewhat drought tolerant when established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Mahonia x media 'Underway'
Tall, 8-15 ft, Oregon grape, a wonderful addition to dappled shade, deep shade, or the understory. Of the many cultivars of this cross between M. japonica and M. lomariifolia, ‘Underway’ is distinguished by sweetly fragrant, bright yellow flowers early in spring and a bushier habit than it’s near relatives. Birds love the blue berries. Drought tolerant and hardy below 0F.
Berberidaceae

Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun'

Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun'
Tall, striking evergreen, to 15 ft x 12 ft but easily kept smaller. Leaves are dark green, radiating from the stem in whorls. Late fall, early winter yellow flowers are abundant in upstanding inflorescens, more fragrant than close relatives. By fall, there are black berries. Drought tolerant once established but should be watered for a season or two. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Melaleuca spathulata hardy melaleuca
Tiny leaves on upright branches all year with mauve-purple pompom flowers in spring and early summer! Evergreen, compact shrub to 3 x 3 ft for sun to part shade. This one is frost hardy in the Pacific Northwest and USDA zone 8 in general. Nice texture and fancy flowers!
Myrtaceae

Melianthus major - Ginny Hunt

Melianthus major - Ginny Hunthoney bush
Bold foliage perennial for the border, this form from the garden of plantswoman Ginny Hunt, with feathery and toothed, blue-green leaves and huge combs of maroon flowers dripping nectar in summer. Honey bush indeed. T o 6 ft tall and wide, possibly taller. May be deciduous in a rough winter, but comes back. Best in sun and well-drained soil with occasional summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Melicytus crassifolius UCSC 2007.19 thick-leaved mahoe
A sculptural shrub in the viola family (believe it or not!) from New Zealand. To 3 ft tall or so with small, glossy green leaves on fine-tipped divaricating branches, each stem adorned in sumer with white-pale lavender flowers followed by translucent berries. Good as an architectual specimen, in containers, or planted rock gardens. Enjoys consistent summer water and bright light. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Violaceae

Metapanax delavayi

Metapanax delavayidelavay false ginseng
A truly elegant, evergreen aralia relative from Southern China, a shrub to 8-10 ft tall and wide, with finely cut, compound leaves and, in maturity, clusters of white flowers in late summer turning to black berries, winter food for the birds. Best in dappled sun to partial shade in rich, moist soil. Our clone, from the University of Washington Arboretum in Seattle, is frost hardy and undamaged in upper USDA zone 7 and possibly lower. (Synonym: Nothopanax delavayi)
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Metapanax delavayi 'Stout'

Metapanax delavayi 'Stout'stout delavay false ginseng
A Cistus introduction. Selected from our seed grown plants, this clone of an already desirable evergreen aralia relative, has rather thickened compound leaves, more schefflera-like than its brethren. A graceful shrub or small tree, these have a sturdy form, maintaining an upright stance. Mature plants produce late summer clusters of white flowers that become black berries providing winter food for the birds. Dappled sun to part shade and rich, moist soil are best. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 7 and possibly lower. (The species, until recently, was Nothopanax delavayi.)
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Metrosideros kermadecensis 'Variegata'
Evergreen shrub to small tree, to 4-6 ft tall, with variegated foliage, shiny green with cream especially on the leaf edges. Brilliant red, brush-like flowers are gorgeous in late spring to mid summer. Prefers full, hot sun and accepts both consistent moisture and periods of drought once established. Does well in windy, coastal conditions. Tolerates only light frost in USDA zone 9 so, where winter frosts are usual, best in a container that spends its winters indoors.
Myrtaceae

Mitraria coccinea - David Mason’s Robust

Mitraria coccinea - David Mason’s Robustchilean mitre flower
South American gesneriad, an evergreen, scrambling shrub or small, interwoven mound with small, dark green leaves and flaming orange-red tubular flowers from late May-July. Requires protection from wind and moist, well-drained soil, rich in humus, in bright light or part shade where roots can remain cool. Easy in USDA zone 9 and tolerates temperatures to 10F, zone 8, in the best locations. Otherwise good in containers with winter protection.
Gesneriaceae

Musella lasiocarpa

Musella lasiocarpagolden lotus banana
This banana relative is more shrub-like than its kin, with sprays of 3-6 ft tall stalks of gray-green foliage until frost. Once its feels established, a bright yellow flower the size of a softball will appear and remain all summer long, sometimes producing tiny little bananas. Flowering shoots die back to be replaced with new, vigorous stems. Best in sun to part sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Myrtus 'Redside'
A Cistus introduction, a hybrid, between Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’ and M. communis ‘Anne McDonald’, showing compact growth, to only about 20” tall, with attractive, red-tinted stems and densely held leaves, also red-tinted on the undersides. Most useful for small hedges, specimens or topiary. Drought tolerant and free flowering in mid to late spring with white, 1/2 “ flowers. Prefers well-drained, lean soil in full sun. Frost hardy in sun to about 15F, mid USDA zone 8.
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Myrtus communis 'Ann McDonald'
Long having had an interest in this classic, I was delighted to see a large shrub of 8 ft in the wonderful and historic garden of Ann McDonald in Portland, this having been planted some 30 years ago or more and selected for its 1” leaves and large, 1/3” blue-black fruit produced from an exceedingly heavy flowering. Full sun to dappled shade in lean soil with little summer water. This garden provenance has produced a plant able to withstand between 10 to12F – bottom of USDA zone 8 -- with little appreciable damage.
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Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream' compact heavenly bamboo
A perfect heavenly bamboo, compact and dense to only 3 ft tall and wide with fabulous multi-colored foliage, emerging orangey bronze. maturing to blue-green with gold and red highlights, and finally, showing off winter colors of orange and red. Yum! Best in full sun but accepts shade though leaf color is less vivid. Prefers summer water but tolerates some drought. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
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Nandina domestica var. leucocarpa white fruited heavenly bamboo
Not only is this heavenly bamboo a paler green than others, its berries are a ghostly white to banana yellow. VERY cool. Use as you would other nandinas but perhaps provide a bit of shade to protect the leaves from burn. An excellent evergreen, to 6 ft tall x 4 ft wide in ten years. Drought tolerant in shade, once established but accepts summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
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Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low' catmint
Easy, tough, and durable perennial that doubles as “catnip” for your feline friends with soft, furry foliage and abundant spikes of blue-purple flowers all summer long. Low-growing in clumps, eventually up to 2 ft tall and 3 ft wide but easily trimmed to smaller size. Sun to part shade in well-drained soil; tolerates drought once established. Excellent choice near sidewalks and on walls or that difficult parking strip. Frost hardy to upper USDA zone 5.
Lamiaceae

Nerium oleander 'Hardy Pink'

Nerium oleander 'Hardy Pink'
Hardiest of the oleander clones in cultivation with bright pink flowers on an evergreen shrub reaching to 4-6 ft tall. Loves full, blasty sun with little to no supplemental summer water once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8 and, though the leaves can burn around 14F, mid USDA zone 8, these have resprouted from brief spells in the low, single digits F, zone 7.
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Olearia lepidophylla
One of the most graceful of the New Zealand daisy bushes with small, brush-like flowers, but, more importantly, closely held, rice-grain sized, silver leaves and upright branches making a compact vision of silver. Very good specimen for containers or an area of the garden where reflected light might add beauty as the undersides of the leaves are even lighter than the surface. Able to withstand some summer drought but supplemental water where dry keeps it thick and healthy. Not a plant for the desert or for extended sticky summer nights. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Olearia macrodonta UCSC 1991.585 new zealand holly
Evergreen, shrubby daisy from New Zealand, to 10 ft tall x 5 ft wide, a charming, holly-wanna-be, with long, serrated leaves and clusters of fragrant, white, daisy-like flowers in summer. On mature plants, the bark peels in graceful strips. A rapid grower that tolerates hard pruning. Full sun and well-drained soil is best with average summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Asteraceae

Olearia paniculata

Olearia paniculatadaisy bush
This medium-sized, New Zealand shrub, multi-trunked to 8-10 ft tall, thrives in full to half sun with regular summer water producing white, fragrant, daisy flowers in autumn. Frankly, the evergreen foliage is so great -- the leathery, yellow-green leaves having white undersides and wavy margins -- who cares if it flowers? Makes a dense and useful hedge. Needs well-drained soil and summer water in sun to part shade. Somewhat more tender than its relatives; frost hardy in mid USDA zone 8.
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Olearia x haastii daisy bush
This stiff leaved New Zealand ‘daisy on a stick’ is a handsome addition to your sunny border. A shrub to 4 ft tall x 4 ft wide, easily pruned, with fragrant, long-lasting, white flowers in summer and excellent evergreen leaves. Tolerates coastal conditions and summer drought, though accepts regular water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Asteraceae

Osmanthus 'Jim Porter'

Osmanthus 'Jim Porter'
Thought to be derived from O. armatus, O. ‘Jim Porter’ has one of the most beautifully sculptured appearances of any in the genus, growing reasonably fast to 6-8 ft tall in a narrow pyramidal form. Narrow, shiny green leaves, to 4", are dissected more than halfway back to the mid vein in a wonderful spiked pattern. Flowering begins in September and often lasts through November and December with very fragrant, small, white clusters amid the leaves. Typical osmanthus culture -- reasonably well-drained soil; sun to light shade; summer watering is best in dry climates to maintain vigor. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Osmanthus armatus - Forest Farm Clone
This substantial sweet olive’s foliage might remind you of a holly with its dark, leather and spiny leaves, but its sweetly perfumed white flowers will surprise you in the fall. Happily, less spiny in maturity, this is a handsome, multi-stemmed shrub, to 10 ft or so, and evergreen. Makes an excellent screen. Full sun to dense shade in fertile soil with regular water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Osmanthus fragrans 'Benekei'
According to Ted Stephens, said to be red flowered (or orange) but several he has given away have flowered white. His has not flowered yet. Grows 12-15ft tall x 8ft wide. Avoid fertilizing and watering in late summer in areas subject to early frosts. Hardy well into USDA zone 7.
Oleaceae

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki'

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki'
This fragrant olive’s rounded outline and foliage make it an excellent border shrub. Goshiki is ‘five colored’ in Japanese and refers to the rainbow-splashed variegation in the new growth. Intensely fragrant, tiny, cream, fall flowers are added attractions. To 4-8 ft in sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7, possibly 6.
Oleaceae

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Gulftide'false holly
A handsome plant and a terrific screen or hedge, this evergreen shrub, to 8 ft tall and 5 ft wide, has spiny, holly-like leaves, shiny dark green and very densely held. Flowers appear in autumn, their tiny whiteness hidden amongst the leaves but the sweet fragrance easily noticed. Prefers sun to part shade in well-drained soil with summer water but easily adapts to many soils. Also can be pruned to maintain a smaller size. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Oleaceae

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus'

Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus'variegated false holly
cuttings from the one hundred year old tree at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. Full sun, summer water. White fragrant flowers in winter. Usually 6 or so feet tall, but in time.....
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Osmanthus x fortunei 'Ninth & Polk'

Osmanthus x fortunei 'Ninth & Polk'fortune's osmanthus
Possibly a very mature Osmanthus x ‘San Jose’ but appears to have a more rounded form and much wider leaves,scalloped and gently toothed. Ours are from a plant appearing to be at least 100 years old in Corvallis, Oregon. The lovely form and quite abundant flowers in late October led us to ask permission (yes, really!) for cuttings several years ago. A wonderful creature for small specimen tree to 12-15 ft eventually, or hedging or screen. Drought tolerant once established. Frost hardy in upper zone 7 in bright light to dappled shade.
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Osmanthus yunnanensis Yunnan tree olive
Handsome and rare in cultivation, this evergreen large shrub or small tree has leathery, slightly toothed, olive-green leaves and scented, near-white, waxy, axillary flowers in late winter to early spring. Slow growing plants can reach 8-10 ft tall x 6-8 ft in a reasonable time; larger, to 20-30 ft tall with great age and no pruning. Bright light, with protection from hottest sun, in rich, well-drained soil with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8. Said to be deer resistant plant when mature.
Oleaceae

Othonna cheirifolia

Othonna cheirifoliabarbary ragwort
We grow this wonderful, silvery composite from Tunisia mostly for the extremely attractive gray spatulate leaves, but the bright yellow daisy flowers are nice too. Evergreen and shrubby or hanging to 2 ft or so. Full sun and well-drained soil. Frost hardy to 10 to 15F, low to mid USDA zone 8. Good succulent and color accent for stone walls and rock gardens.
Asteraceae

Ozothamnus rosmarinifolius

Ozothamnus rosmarinifoliussea rosemary
Medium, evergreen shrub, to 4-5 ft tall and nearly as wide, with crowded, tiny leaves, green above and silvery beneath giving an overall silver appearance. Large corymbs of white flowers are opalescent and reflect a pale pink cast. Drying flowers stay very handsome for a long time. Full sun to part shade, with occasional summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Penstemon pinifolius 'Mersea Yellow'
Long-lived perennial with evergreen, pine-like foliage and hundreds of small bright yellow flowers in late spring and summer. Hummingbird candy. This sport was discovered in England with a flower color that is quite unusual for this genus. Great on a sunny slope or rock garden. Grows to about 1 ft high x 2 ft wide. Needs good drainage in any soil and occasional summer water where dry. Prune back in March. Evergreen to -20, USDA zone 5, and frost hardy in zone 4, as kindly reported by a inhabitant of climates much colder than ours.
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Philadelphus 'Belle Etoile' mock orange
A must have for the fragrant garden, this deciduous shrub has late spring flowers, white with a maroon blotch near the center and a sweet, spicy fragrance. Delicious! Large and rangy, to 6 ft tall and wide in full sun or, in the hottest summer climates, light shade with protection from western sun. Provide well-drained soil for best appearance and regular summer water for best blooms. Can be stooled to rejuvenate. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Hydrangeaceae

Philadelphus 'Innocence'

Philadelphus 'Innocence'mock orange
A most lovely form of the old-fashioned mock orange with particularly striking variegated leaves on this 6-8 ft, arching, deciduous shrub. Shared with us by our friend, Deborah Chaffee, the flowers are particularly fragrant, noticeable at a great distance from spring through early summer and occasionally thereafter -- with regular watering. Drought tolerant once established; sun to dappled shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4.
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Philadelphus lewisii SBH 6826 Lewis' mock orange
Sean’s collection from Oregon's Deschutes River country of this deliciously fragrant, native mock orange, discovered and named for Meriwether Lewis. A deciduous shrub, to only 4 ft tall and spreading to 8 ft wide with handsome foliage, green above and paler below and, in spring, profuse, single white, intensely fragrant flowers. Shrub to 4 feet, perhaps 8 if super happy. Tolerates sun to part sun, moisture and drought but occasional summer water enhances appearance. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
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Philadelphus madrensis desert mountain mock orange
Sweet little mock orange, native to the US Southwest and extremely drought tolerant, with highly fragrant, small white flowers, sometimes rose-centered, and small leaves, to only 1/2". A deciduous shrub, to 4 ft tall, for bright light and lean, well-drained soil. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7 and possibly into upper zone 6.
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Physocarpus opulifolius 'Dart's Gold' golden ninebark
Its golden foliage highlights the pure white, fragrant, summer flowers and brilliant red fruit in autumn. Peeling bark adds interest to this durable hedging plant or specimen, deciduous, to 5 ft tall and wide, smaller than the species. Out of the hottest afternoon sun seems to suit it best for foliage color. Can take a bit of drought, but best with a little summer water. Takes will to pruning. Frost hardy in USDA zone 2.
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Pittosporum divaricatum
This plant, on our lust list for years, is in many ways a typical New Zealand citizen, with tiny, only 1/4", narrow, toothed leaves of nearly jet black, providing difficult grazing for beaky animals….all this on a densely upright, divaricating shrub. Eventually to 8 ft or more, but easily kept at 3-4 ft, producing small, blackish purple flowers and, with age, larger leaves. Is there a theme? Striking pot or garden specimen. We suggest planting with silver foliage plants so youngsters don’t get lost or stepped on. Prefers some summer water where dry. Has proven hardy to 10F or so, USDA zone 8.
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Pittosporum eugenioides var. minor 'Variegata'

Pittosporum eugenioides var. minor 'Variegata'variegated lemonwood
A smaller version of an attractive species, to only 10 ft or so rather than the 30 ft of its near relation. Evergreen with dense foliage of pale green with white, slightly wavy margins and, in spring, intensely fragrant, spring flowers. Useful as a specimen or hedge. Site out of harsh winds and in a protected spot with full sun and regular summer water. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Pittosporum heterophyllum

Pittosporum heterophyllumchinese mock orange
This evergreen "mock orange" should be in every shopping center parking lot– it’s that tough. Sadly, it’s not well represented anywhere. Medium shrub to small tree,12 to 15 ft, with glossy, narrow foliage and, in spring, pale yellow, intoxicatingly scented flowers. Delicious! Sun to part shade with regular water. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7.
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Pittosporum heterophyllum 'Winter Frost'

Pittosporum heterophyllum 'Winter Frost'variegated chinese mock orange
One of the most frost hardy of the Chinese mock oranges, this form, introduced only a few years ago from Japan, grows to 4 ft or so with 2” leaves margined and streaked most attractively in white and cream. Creamy flowers are scented of orange blossoms in mid spring to early summer. Can be shorn as hedge or used as specimen plants in decently drained soil. Prefers sun to half shade andsupplemental summer water where very dry. Easy. Frost hardy to 5F, mid USDA zone 7.
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Pittosporum illiciodes - narrow leaf cl. 2
Another Cistus selection of a narrow leaf Pittosporum illicioides, the original form selected by Dan Hinkley - P. illicioides DJHT 99079, chosen for the extremely narrow leaves that present a fine texture in the garden. This handsome evergreen shrub, to 12-15 ft tall, has shorter an slightly narrower leaves than P. illicioides 'Strappy' but the same fragrant, white flowers in spring and, in autumn, very small, blue-black fruit in orange capsules. Best in light shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8 and expected in zone 7.
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Pittosporum illiciodes 'Cloud Nine'
A Cistus introduction. From our ongoing selections, this particularly fine-textured mock orange possesses all the qualities of 'Strappy' but with finer texture and somewhat denser growth habit. To an eventual six feet in height, a unique feature is the profusion of orange scented flowers emerging in clouds prior to the onset of new growth in spring, thus making them particularly visible. The fragrance wafts for some distance. These characteristics, combined with the fact that we've made lots of cuttings, means you need one as soon as possible! Dappled to full sun, medium drainage and drought-tolerant though, monthly deep watering once established is helpful for extra new growth in dry places. USDA Zone 7.
Pittosporaceae

Pittosporum patulum

Pittosporum patulum
A most unusual member of the genus from New Zealand southern South Island, endemic to only a couple of spots along the Bellcloutha River. Growth is narrow and upright to 8-15' with black, spidery leaves in youth enlarging only somewhat in adultitude with more rounded bright green leaves and a multitude of deep maroon flowers said to be the most fragrant of the genus, reminiscent of carnations. This should make a fine new addition to the garden, especially the Goth garden. We have surmised hardiness to zone 8 that has been verified by surviving 12F in winter 2014 in the garden of our super friend Loree, where she and the plant survived the winter unscathed.
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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Argentea Nana'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Argentea Nana'
Of the often jewel-like members of this highly selected species from New Zealand, P.t. 'Argentea Nana' is indeed one of the most exquisite. Young plants form mounds, 18" to 2 ft , of densely held, 1/4" leaves on black stems. As plants emerge into their adult phase, the leaves grow farther apart and the plants become more open. This too is attractive but if one misses the old days, a little shearing can never hurt. On older plants late spring flowers are under 1/3", maroon to nearly black with the fragrance of dianthus. Dappled shade to full sun with regular summer water preferred. Exquisite container plant. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Atropurpureum'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Atropurpureum'purple kohuhu
Though doubtless many purple-leaved forms have been introduced under the name Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Atropurpureum', this one is ours, grown from cuttings of the lovely 12 ft tall x 4 ft wide specimen in the garden of Western Hills Nursery in Northern California. The 1", rounded leaves, yes purple and held among black stems, and carnation-scented, nearly black flowers, might possibly sound morbid but are, in fact, dazzlingly beautiful. Plants, easily kept as a formal element or background hedge in the garden, are easily shorn to maintain even tighter shape. Prefers bright light or only dappled shade with regular summer water in dry climates. This has proven to be one of the frost hardiest cultivars, surviving 7F briefly in the garden at Western Hills in 1990 and having turned not a leaf with a windy 20F in our garden. Frost hardy to at least 10F, USDA zone 8; a container plant or an experiment in zone 7.
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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Gold Star' Kohuhu
Yet another selection, this a compact, evergreen shrub with bright, cheerful foliage, olive green centrally splashed golden, on black stems, and intensely fragrant, tiny black flowers in spring. o 4 ft tall or so and as wide. Full sun in milder climates to part shade in hot, dry areas. Likes well-drained soil and some summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8a.
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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'James Stirling'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'James Stirling'silver kohuhu
One of the parents of the ever-popular Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Sheen’, 'James Stirling' is also appealing with a much more platinum coloration and a denser habit. Tiny black flowers in spring come and go quickly but are a sweet surprise and lovely against the silvery foliage. Happy in full to part sun with regular summer water, James will get to 10 ft tall or so and half as wide. Can be pruned to increase density and maintain shape. One of the hardier forms, accepting temperatures in the single digits, upper USDA zone 7.
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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Nutty Leprechaun'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Nutty Leprechaun'dwarf purple kohuhu
This selection originated in Ireland though its parentage is, of course, from New Zealand. A good addition to the purple-leaved pittosporums, growing only to about 3 ft tall with small, deep burgundy leaves, under 1/2”, a striking contrast with the florescent chartreuse of the new spring growth. These are not only compact, they have an almost creeping quality, separating P. t. ‘Nutty Leprechaun’ from other small, purple cultivars. Also one of the tougher of the purple group, these have been frost hardy so far into the low teens F with no noticeable damage. Full sun for best color. At home on the West Coast of North America, but not happy in the hot, humid southeast. Frost hardy in lower USDA zone 8.
Pittosporaceae

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Purpureum'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Purpureum'purple kohuhu
"Odd" is one way to describe this fabulous and much sought after pittosporum with wavy-edged leaves that start out pale green and mature to a deep bronze-purple, the new growth against the dark, older leaves giving a striking bicolor effect. Wow! In winter the shiny and reflective foliage appears even darker. A nice, evergreen shrub, to 10 ft tall. Best in full to part sun with average summer water. Cold hardy in USDA zone 8.
Pittosporaceae

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Ruffles'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Ruffles'ruffled kohuhu
Small, gray-green, wavy leaves float above black stems on this delicately textured shrub, possibly reaching 12 ft in time. Tiny black flowers appear in spring, stunning against the foliage and highly fragrant as well. Best when backed by darker foliage. Site out of wind and close to a path to be admired. Sun to part sun in hottest climes with some summer water. Frost hardy to at least 10F, USDA zone 8.
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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen'
Small ever-silver leaves float above black stems on this delicate shrub. Lovely alone, backed by a darker evergreen, or as a possible hedge, growing to over 10-12 ft in time. Sun to part shade with regular summer moisture. Avoid wet feet. Site out of wind for protection and close to a path to be admired. Hardy to the upper teens, USDA zone 8b.
Pittosporaceae

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Victoria'

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Victoria'victoria kohuhu
Another new Pittosporum for us and, we believe, for the United States as a whole, this one having the reputation of one of the most frost hardy in New Zealand. Compact plants with upright dense form, to 6-8 ft, with 1/4", nearly round leaves, splashed pink and silver -- reminiscent of P. tenuifolium ''Silver Magic' but to our eyes darker in color and more compact. Same culture as for others: well-drained soil, bright light, and even summer moisture. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; possibly 7 with protection.
Pittosporaceae

Pittosporum tobira 'Shima'

Pittosporum tobira 'Shima'variegated mock orange
Low growing form of the Japanese mock orange, about the size of Pittosporum tobira 'Wheeler's Dwarf -- about 3 ft in height x 4 ft in width eventually. A very compact growth with leaves streaked cream, the lightest yellow, and green. Wonderful foundation planting or foreground to frame perennials. A plant frequently commented upon at the entrance of our nursery where it is it planted adjacent to variegated forms of Trachelospermum for a....variegation echo. Shy flowering. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Pittosporum tobira 'Spring Bouquet' variegated mock orange
New and exciting pittosporum, shared with us by Ted Stephens at Nurseries Carolinianus, with spring growth emerging nearly white and, over the season, gradually fading to pale green, A low-growing form of this evergreen mock orange, to 3-5 ft tall and wide, with the same sweet, white flower in spring - hints of orange blossoms. Dappled to light shade is best in a warm, sheltered spot. Regular summer water for best appearance. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Pittosporaceae

Pittosporum tobira 'Tall n Tough'

Pittosporum tobira 'Tall n Tough'mock orange
The hardiest of P. tobira clones, this selection is from JC Raulston Arboretum has survived temperatures to 0F without blinking. Large, evergreen shrub to small tree, to 8 ft tall x 6 ft wide, has shiny, dark green, rounded leaves and, in early summer, intensely fragrant, citrus-like, white flowers. Appreciates full sun to part shade, with regular summer water until established. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Pittosporaceae

Pittosporum tobira 'Turner's Dwarf'

Pittosporum tobira 'Turner's Dwarf'dwarf mock orange
One of the evergreen "mock oranges," so named for its transcendental fragrance, evocative of orange blossoms, from small, white spring flowers. A smallish shrub, to 4-6 ft tall x 4 ft wide with variegated foliage, the light green leaves edged in creamy white. Full sun for best bud set, but tolerates dappled shade. Best in a fairly warm, sunny spot against the shelter of a wall or building. Frost hardy in mid USDA zone 8.
Pittosporaceae

Podocarpus alpinus 'County Park Fire'

Podocarpus alpinus 'County Park Fire'alpine plum yew
OoooH! We think we are becoming quite enamored with these little podocarps. Another down-under plant selected by famed County Park Nursery in the United Kingdom, this jewel-like little conifer, reaches only about 3 ft with densely held, shiny, rounded needles of deepest green/maroon in summer, taking on fiery purple-orange tints in winter, especially in new growth. A fabulous addition to container or garden. The P. alpinus group is one of the most hardy of the genus, this plant having been hardy to close to 0F in several gardens. Stunning when planted with other party goers such as Uncinia rubra and, maybe our favorite, Libertia peregrinans for a rusty contrast. Average soil conditions; bright light best; not appreciative of prolonged drought. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
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Podocarpus chingianus UCSC 95-97
Related to P. chinensis, these rare podocarps grow to an eventual 20 ft tall, a striking architectural feature for the garden, with "needles" of 1/2" held against the stem giving an almost tufted appearance. Best in full sun or the light understory. Though drought tolerant, growth can be boosted by light summer watering. Frost hardy to 10F or so, USDA zone 8, and possibly lower.
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Polyspora macrocarpa DJHMV 041
These are lovely Asian counterparts to the gordonia, large shrubs to small trees reaching 15-20 ft or more in a reasonable time with evergreen, glossy, 4-5" leaves emerging orange then, in late summer, framing clusters of 2-3" fragrant white flowers with a generous boss of yellow stamens. All of this and stewartia-like bark as well! Prefers full sun in coastal areas to dappled shade inland and well-drained soil with occasional summer water where dry. This form has so far proven frost hardy in the garden to the bottom of USDA zone 8 with overhead protection.
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Poncirus trifoliata x Citrus sinensis ‘Rusk’ sweet orange
A hardy, evergreen citrus, also known as a Citrange or sweet orange, with the trifoliate leaves of its Poncirus parent, but a bit larger and darker. White, sweetly scented flowers in spring. The orange fruits are small with a reddish flush, and though somewhat less bitter than their Citrange relatives, still, are best used for juice -- or simply as garden adornments. Plant in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in a sunny position. Plants are tall, to 6-8 ft, vigorous, and frost hardy to USDA zone 7, though, as new growth is susceptible to frost, they benefit from a protected site. Very nice in container with proper watering, just as soil becomes nearly dry. A citrange, one of the oldest, developed in 1897 and named for J.M.Rusk, the first Secretary of Agriculture. Who knew? Vigorous, small, evergreen to semi-evergreen tree, with Poncirus’ trifoliate leaves and thorns. Fruit is orange flushed with red, seedless, and less bitter than a Poncirus, useful in juice, maramalades, etc. Sun with regular summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Rutaceae

Prunus lusitanica

Prunus lusitanicaportuguese laurel
Think gorgeous, small, evergreen tree to 10-20 ft tall and wide with shiny, dark green leaves.. These are cherries, blooming in late spring in tall racemes of white, fragrant flowers. Purple-red berries ripen to black in autumn -- bitter so best left to birds. Can be grown as a large, multi-stemmed shrub. Sun to part shade with normal summer water to establish. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Pseudopanax 'Sabre'
Exotic, evergreen shrub from New Zealand, This old Duncan & Davies introduction, a cross between P. crassifolius and P. lessonii, is grown primarily for its toothed, lance-like leaves, up to 12”, narrow, with bronzey red overcast and red-orange mid-rib. To 10 ft x 5 ft over time and easily trimmed to shape. Best in sun and well-drained soil with regular moisture. Frost hardy only to USDA zone 9a, perhaps 8b with protection
Araliaceae

Pseudopanax discolor - Nelson, NZ

Pseudopanax discolor - Nelson, NZ
Fascinating evergreen aralia from New Zealand, this particular purple-leaved form from serpentine soils in Nelson, South Island, NZ. Shrub to small tree -- to 15' to 20' but easily kept as small as 3' by nipping -- produces palmate leaflets, somewhat fan-shaped, and the deepest green, tinted purple in summer, darkening to a rich purple in cooler periods. Small, sputnik flowers, typical of the Aralia family appear in spring and summer followed by dark berries that add to the plants attractiveness in fall. A plant for moist woodland conditions or a bright garden in parts of the country where summers are not unreasonably warm. Consistent moisture; a little organic matter is a plus but fairly low fertility overall is preferred. Wonderful container plant. Frost hardy in the upper reaches of USDA zone 8; totally reliable in zone 9.
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Pyracantha 'Harlequin'
Hard to find evergreen shrub with sprightly variegated foliage, upright to 5-10 ft tall, easily kept smaller. Clusters of white flowers in the spring are followed by red berries in autumn. Full to part sun. Tolerant of some drought once established but accepting of moderate summer water. Good as a hedge or specimen plant. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
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Quercus kelloggii Kellogg Oak, California black oak
One of the West's most majestic oaks -- to 30-60 ft -- ranging from the foothills of southern California to western Oregon, with dark, furrowed bark and upright, vase shape . The shiny leaves look a bit like a typical red or pin oak and color to oranges and yellows in mid to late fall. Drought tolerant and hard to find in native plant nurseries, these represent our collections from Dunsmuir Canyon in the Siskiyou Mountains. USDA zone 6.
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Quercus sadleriana SBH 7210.1
One of the handsomest of the western, evergreen oaks, this, Sean’s collection of a native of southwest Oregon to northern California, is a small shrub, to only 6 ft tall, with huge, shining leaves, dark green above and paler beneath, oblong and serrated. Best grown in moist, understory conditions in light shade. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Fagaceae

Quercus vaccinifolia

Quercus vaccinifoliahuckleberry oak
Walking through a ‘"forest" of this oak can be hard on your ankles or knees since these only reach 2-3 ft at maturity, making this dwarf alpine oak perfect for the rock wall or rock garden. Evergreen with lustrous, green leaves and a dense, tight habit. A very dependable small shrub in full sun to part shade with at least occasional summer water. Frost hardy to at least 0F, USDA zone 7, and possibly into upper zone 5.
Fagaceae

Rhamnus alaternus 'John Edwards'

Rhamnus alaternus 'John Edwards'italian buckthorn
One of the most versatile, durable, easy, and drought tolerant plants for Mediterranean climates, this selection having come from Tilden Park in Berkeley, California. Small tree, to 20 ft, or large shrub, to 12 ft, easily trimmed as a handsome hedge. Evergreen leaves are small, crinkley, and dark green; greenish white flowers also small, and produce black berries adding texture. Full sun with very little summer water. Frost hardy to 5F, USDA zone 7b.
Rhamnaceae

Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia'

Rhamnus frangula 'Asplenifolia'alder buckthorn
"Airy-fairy" buckthorn with a delicate lightness to the entire plant -- or the look of a bad hair day (very stylish here in Portland). Deciduous shrub to 10 ft x 8 ft. Wispy, fern-like, dark green leaves with translucent edges change to glowing yellows and reds in autumn. Clusters of green flowers appear in spring; red fruit aging black stands out in the fall. Full to part sun with normal summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 3.
Rhamnaceae

Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor'

Rhaphiolepis umbellata 'Minor'Minor INdian Hawthorn
Very nice, small evergreen shrub, native to Japan and Korea. To 3-4 ft tall by 2-3 ft wide, densely branched with a rounded form. Good for foundation plantings or a small hedge. The leaves are small, glossy and dark green turning bronze in winter and in new growth and the late spring flowers are white followed by purple-black berries. Full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, well-drained soil but tolerates some drought. Frost hardy to USDA zone 7.
Rosaceae

Rhaphiolepis umbellata f. ovata

Rhaphiolepis umbellata f. ovata
One of the more handsome Indian hawthorns, this bold textured, evergreen, shrub (or miniature tree?), to 5-8 ft, is adorned with glossy, 3", rounded oval leaves of deep green with a light coating of hairs, and white to shell pink flowers spring through fall. Drought tolerant but fine with summer moisture. Full sun to dappled shade; reasonable drainage; low or high nutrients. Frost hardy to the lower end USDA zone 8; possibly 7.
Rosaceae

Ribes 'Pink Pearl'

Ribes 'Pink Pearl'pink currant
A Cistus introduction. Though this new cross should involve long story about an involved, Cistus hybridization program, in fact, this was a seedling in our garden ... for which we are happy to take credit. And yes, it's possible the world doesn't need another Ribes sanguineum cultivar, but this one's different ... with dense, hanging clusters of late winter flowers that open white and fade to a warm pink. Flowers very well and we believe represents a color combination not in the trade. Typical western native plant care is required in lean soil and dappled shade -- though for this one full sun can't hurt --. with summer water to be applied sparingly and carefully only in cool weather. We expect frost hardiness to at least the bottom of USDA zone 7.
Grossulariaceae

Ribes sanguineum 'Elk River'

Ribes sanguineum 'Elk River'red flowering currant
This flowering currant was selected in the Pacific Northwest from native red currants for the brightest, rosy red flowers of all, dangling in clusters from the bare branches in early spring. A deciduous shrub, to 8-10 ft tall x 6-7 ft wide, with 3-5 lobed leaves, and in late summer, blue-black fruit loved by the birds. Easily pruned after flowering in order to maintain shape and size. Best in sun to part shade, in lean soil that drains well, with little summer water once established. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
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Ribes speciosum 'Pincushion' fuschia flowered gooseberry
Spiny, indeed, this lowing growing shrub is very decorative with dark green, shiny leaves and the brightest, scarlet flowers in spring (on last year's stems). A new plant and fine ground cover, expected to remain under 2 ft tall, spreading to 4 ft wide, and easily maintained to size. Naturally summer deciduous in dry climates, leafing out with fall and winter rains. Likes full sun and well-drained soil. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8.
Grossulariaceae

Ribes speciosum 'Rana Creek'

Ribes speciosum 'Rana Creek'fuchsia flowered gooseberry
When customers see the bright red, hanging bell flowers in early spring, it’s hard to keep this one in stock. A deciduous shrub, to 5-6 ft tall x 6-10 ft wide, with long, arching, and prickled branches, this one was selected by Suzanne Schettler for its great quantities of flowers. Tolerates drought in full sun to part shade, though may be summer deciduous if extremely dry. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Grossulariaceae

Romneya coulteri

Romneya coulteriMatilija poppy
Also known as ‘fried egg plant’ for its huge white flowers in late summer that look just like that. This is a big plant, fast-growing to 5 ft tall and forming large clumps of stalks with blue-green foliage and those fabulous flowers. HOT, DRY, DROUGHTY neglect is what it wants and lots of space. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
Papaveraceae

Rosa 'Mutabilis'

Rosa 'Mutabilis'twelve month rose
A wonderful rose, known in China as the four season rose. Long flowering, the single flowers emerging pale peach and aging to nearly cerise before shattering. Foliage is blue green, burgundy blushed in new growth as are the stems. To 4-6 ft tall x 3 ft wide. Nearly evergreen and nearly everblooming and well as nearly completely disease resistant. Dappled shade to bright light with summer water for best performance. Frost hardy in upper USDA zone 7. Variously known as Rosa x odorata 'Mutabilis' and Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis and a few other combinations.
Rosaceae

Rosa glauca

Rosa glaucared leaf rose
Grown as much for its foliage as its flowers this deciduous shrub, to 6 ft tall x 5 ft wide, has glaucous blue foliage and, in June, single pink flowers with white centers. Lovely rose hips follow and remain through the winter. Happy in a sunny garden spots some summer water. Disease resistant. Frost hardy in USDA zone 2.
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Ruscus hypoglossum
This small evergreen shrub, to 2 ft, is nothing but stems, but seems to survive quite nicely, thank you. (What appear to be leaves are really flattened stems or cladodes.) Native from Italy to the Czech Republic, it’s often used to do rough cleaning (beating rugs, cleaning butchering blocks, etc.). In spring, tiny white flowers appear on the tops of cladodes. Indestructible border plant; better in the winter when it sets berries. Best in part to full shade in rich, well-drained soil. Though drought tolerant, growth is better with summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
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Salvia corrugata sage
Striking Central American species, these beautiful, evergreen shrubs have rusty stems and shiny patent leather, narrow oval leaves surrounded and underset by a rich copper indumentum. Autumn flowers are lilac and white. Can reach 4-5 ft but easily kept to a smaller size. Full sun to medium shade in nearly any soil conditions. Superb for containers and annual planting, or as a permanent feature in gardens where temperatures seldom fall to 25F, mid USDA zone 9. Easily propagated from cuttings at the end of the season.
Lamiaceae

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue'
Flower spikes of purple blue with dark, nearly black calyxes and fuzzy green leaves. This salvia from Brazil is very attractive to both people and hummingbirds. Plant in good soil. Sun to part sun. Grows 3ft tall x 3ft wide. USDA zone 7 with mulch and good winter drainage.
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Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea' Purple sage
The dark leaves of this purple sage set off all sorts of lighter leaved perennials and shrubs it is planted with. Culinary too. Three feet or so. Quite tough. Full sun. This is the purple sage of flashback rock. The purple sage of teas and poultry. The purple sage of stuffings and meats. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
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Sambucus nigra f. laciniata cutleaf elderberry
Graceful, deeply cut leaves set this elderberry apart from all others. A large multi-trunked tree or shrub, deciduous, to 8-10 ft tall x 6-8 ft wide in an elegant, vase-shaped form. Accepts coppicing. Blooms earlier in spring than others, with flattened cymes of creamy white flowers. Elderberries are, of course, edible in jams and syrups. Best ini sun to part shade with supplemental summer water. Frost hardy to -30F, USDA zone 4.
Adoxaceae

Sarcococca ruscifolia

Sarcococca ruscifoliasweet box
Evergreen shrub, to 4-6 ft, quietly fills an empty spot in part to dense shade and bursts forth in winter with a remarkably sweet fragrance from an abundance of small, white, thread-like flowers. Red berries turn black and remain through summer. Branches root easily providing more plants for more winter fragrance. Regular summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Buxaceae

Sarcococca salicifolia

Sarcococca salicifoliasweet box
One of the most unusual and graceful of the sarcococcas, this 4 to 5 ft shrub of equal spread possesses arching branches and long, yes, willow-like leaves of shiny light green, appearing very much like bamboo as well. The particularly fragrant flowers are most abundant in fall into early winter and are a creamy green-yellow melding beautifully with the shiny leaves. Light dappled shade to full shade -- ok in sun in coastal climates -- with reasonable summer water and fertile to average soil. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8, though a form exists in the JC Raulston Arboretum in zone 7 in North Carolina suffering only occasional damage.
Buxaceae

Schefflera delavayi

Schefflera delavayi
In our never ending search for garden hardy evergreen Schefflera relatives, here's one that's actually a Schefflera. This Himalayan species grows eventually to 6 or 8 ft and can have leaves in excess of 2 ft with an exquisite tawny indumentum. So far has proven hardier than even Fatsia to a low USDA zone 7!! Dappled shade is best with even moisture.
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Solanum quitoense
Continuing with the vicious tomato theme is this tender perennial solanum from Central America where the fruit is harvested for its juice. We grow it happily just for its beauty. To 4-8 ft tall in time in full to half sun. Unfortunately, it’s not frost hardy, though it makes a great annual or container plant. Frost hardy in USDA zone 10, so protect at 30F.
Solanaceae

Solanum umbelliferum var. incanum 'Indians Grey'

Solanum umbelliferum var. incanum 'Indians Grey'nightshade
A bright, cheerful shrub, compact and mounding with blue-green leaves on gray stems, and typical nightshade flowers, lavender in small clusters in late spring and summer followed by shiny autumn berries. This form, discovered in California's Santa Lucia Mountains, is even denser and more floriferous than the variety. Full sun to light shade with in any soil. Average summer water. Frost hardy to 15F, mid USDA zone 8, perhaps into zone 7 with superb winter drainage and excellent air circulation
Solanaceae

Stachyurus 'Magpie'

Stachyurus 'Magpie'
Lovely and unusual deciduous shrub, to 6 ft or so tall and wide, with purple-red stems and variegated leaves, long and pointed with large creamy margins and red tints in new growth. Blooms as other stachyurus, with long dangling racemes of cream-to-yellow flowers in early spring. Charming over a bank. Sun to afternoon shade with plentiful summer water. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. From China, these are listed as both S. praecox or S. chinesis: we lean toward chinensis.
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Stachyurus praecox 'Sterling Silver' variegated golden spike-tail
A nice variegated stachyurus, the leaves green with white margins, with the same long racemes of flowers hanging down in late winter. Originating in Japan, this is a largish shrub, to 6-8 ft tall x 4-5 ft wide, with an upright, multistemmed habit. Deciduous, providing yellow fall color before the leaves drop. Best with afternoon shade and plentiful summer water. Frost hardy to -10F, USDA zone 6.
Stachyuraceae

Stachyurus salicifolius

Stachyurus salicifoliuswillow leaf spiketail
Elegant evergreen shrub from China with long and narrow pointed, rain-tipped leaves on arching stems to 6-8 ft tall x 5-6 ft wide. In winter pendulous chains of white-to-greenish-white blooms tantalize for a long time from bud to bloom. Truly striking year round and wonderful arching out over banks. Morning with afternoon shade, or dappled shade with regular summer water for best performance. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Sycopsis sinensis - narrow leaf form
Selected from a seed batch, this graceful large shrub to small tree, reaching to 15 ft tall or more with silvery bark and horizontal branches, has, instead of the long, oval, deep green leaves of the species, leaves of 1/4" x 3" leaves, making this collection quite distinct. Small clusters of reddish flowers, similar to its cousins the hamamelids, appear in winter - not very flashy but lovely up close. Very good for screening or a small garden specimen in shade to sun, though we find it somewhat more graceful in at least afternoon shade. Prefers some summer water where dry. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7, possibly colder.
Hamamelidaceae

Syringa x laciniata

Syringa x laciniatacutleaf lilac
From China, a lilac with unusual lacy leaves that create a fine texture -- in all senses of "fine." And, of course, fragrant, 3" panicles of lavender flowers in the spring. Decidious, to 5-8 ft tall and wide. Enjoys the same conditions as "normal" lilacs in sun to part shade with regular summer moisture. Frost hardy in USDA zone 4 and above.
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Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea' golden irish yew
Upright, very evergreen conifer, very like its close relation but with golden leaves, giving a brighter appearance over all. A great vertical accent in the garden. Slow growing -- say 15 ft in your lifetime -- with crowded upright branches forming a dense, narrow column. Accepts hard pruning. Drought tolerant but best in sun to part shade with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
Taxaceae

Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum'

Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum'bush germander
An extremely useful, small evergreen, Iberian shrub, to 4-5 ft tall and a bit wider. The leaves, on pale stems, are small, gray-green above with silver-white undersides -- the whole plant appearing as a silvery mound until summer when the deep blue flowers emerge on the branch tips lasting until fall. Full sun with little to no summer water. Easily sheared to make a small hedge. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Lamiaceae

Trochodendron aralioides

Trochodendron aralioideswheel tree
Wonderful evergreen, a large shrub to small tree, closely related to the aralia family. To 10-20 ft tall x 10-15 ft wide with branches that radiate from the trunk like spokes of a wheel and very glossy leaves with bronzy new growth and somewhat furry undersides. Flowers are bright green in spring. Slow growing and happy in part sun out of afternoon sun in hot climates. Needs well-drained soil and consistent summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 6.
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Vaccinium corymbosum 'Blueray' blueberry
Highbush blueberry, producing early, medium berries in long loose clusters. Flavor is sweet and mild. Reaches 5-6 ft x 4-5 ft at maturity with bright red stems. Plant in acid, well-drained soil with regular summer water in sun to part shade. Plant two varieties for best fruit production and prune away old, woody stems once plant is established. These plants are vigorous and productive
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Vaccinium corymbosum 'Sunshine Blue' sunshine blueberry
A very compact selection, reaching only 3 to 4 ft high and wide, with attractive semi-evergreen foliage, showy pink flowers and, yes, sweet and tasty berries. A good choice for warmer climates as it only requires abouth 150 hours of chilling for a good fruit set. Also tolerant of higher pH soils. Sun, well-drained soil, and regular summer water. Works great in containers too. Frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
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Viburnum aff. cinnamomifolium EDHCH 97330
Collected several years ago by plantsman Eric Hammond and clearly related to the famed V. davidii, this graceful and upright 6-8 ft shrub glows with large, hot-coal tinted leaves, to about 4", emerging deep red! and turning green with age. White flowers in spring are typical of the genus. Best in half shade to full sun with some summer water in dry areas. Very useful as a screen. Frost hardy into USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae

Viburnum cylindricum 'Roy Lancaster'

Viburnum cylindricum 'Roy Lancaster'
Shared with us by Portland’s Virginia Israelit, Roy Lancaster's selection of this Asian shrub is evergreen with, 6-10", leaves, long enough to appear drooping and waxy enough to write ones name in the blue, glaucous leaf surface. Cymes of small, white, sweetly scented flowers begin in June and continue, occasionally producing small, black fruit. Multi stemmed with a rounded form, these are typically 8-10 ft tall and wide in the garden though old, unpruned specimens can reach 15 ft tall. Best in sun to part shade in hottest areas with regular summer water. Frost hardy to 0F perhaps lower, USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae

Viburnum foetidum var. quadrangularis

Viburnum foetidum var. quadrangularis
Handsome and rare evergreen viburnum from southern China. Burnished leaves emerge dark purple, turning a dark, shiny green upon maturity. Flowers appear in late spring in rounded clusters of white with purple anthers. Crimson fruit follows and last through the winter, good cheer for people and birds. A medium shrub, to 4-6 ft tall x 3-5 ft wide at maturity. Best in full to part sun with average summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae

Viburnum harryanum

Viburnum harryanumsir harry veitch's viburnum
Diminutive species, to under 3-4 ft in five years, with arching branches and nearly round, spring-green leaves under 1/3". The flowers, in scale, are small and creamy white with small black berries late in season. At home in woodland gardens, but should be planted where large, falling leaves cannot smother it. Also at home in full sun and in containers with regular moisture and fertilization. Frost hardy to 10F, USDA zone 8; possibly upper USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae

Viburnum henryi

Viburnum henryihenry’s viburnum
This shiny-leaved, evergreen viburnum is a durable 6-10 ft backbone shrub with arching branches. Long and narrow, 2-5" x 1-1.5" leaves are dark green with an orange cast, a nice contrast with the white, spring flowers and abundant red-turning-black berries that follow. Sun to part shade with summer water until well-established. From Central China, cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae

Viburnum japonicum 'Variegatum'

Viburnum japonicum 'Variegatum'variegated wax leaf viburnum
Striking, evergreen shrub, to 6 ft tall x 5 ft wide, with yellow splash variegation on large, glossy green leaves. Early summer flowers clusters are white and fragrant, followed by red fruit that holds on into the winter. Still somewhat rare in cultivation. Part sun or high shade seems to suit it best with normal summer water. Cold hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae

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Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki
This handsome evergreen Viburnum defies logic with its extreme hardiness. Ranging from 5-20 ft tall, we use it for its glossy green foliage -- as a standard for street trees and as a shrub. Tough and easy in sun to partial shade with normal summer water and well-drained soil. Cold hardy in USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae

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Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki 'Chindo' sweet viburnum
Compact, upright form of this species, widely grown in gardens in eastern Asia though still not used to its full potential in warmer areas of our continent. This clone, brought from Chollipo Arboretum in Korea by the late J. C. Raulston, has grown to nearly 20 ft in some of our gardens but, indeed, is compact with a pyramidal form and branches that seldom splay. The evergreen leaves are mirror-shiny and deep apple-green tinted red, especially in winter. The flowers appear in flat cymes of white in spring and, by Halloween, have produced orange and black berries. Handsome small garden or street tree provided some summer water. Ideal as woodland tree or even in full sun in all but the hottest climates. Proven a bit hardier to frost than its nearest kin. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae

Viburnum opulus 'Exuberant'

Viburnum opulus 'Exuberant'
One of the most robust selections of this popular species from some of the most exuberant people we know, David and Dorothy Rodal. This 8 ft or more shrub produces attractive white flowers and, on well-watered plants, particularly large orangey red fruit – no, not quite the size of basketballs but nearly the size of a small grape -- held beautifully against the autumn foliage of reds, oranges and yellows, a wonderful November sight. This plant frequently grown for bringing cuttings indoors through winter until the Cedar waxwings go to work. Bright light or dappled shade with supplemental summer water where dry. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5, possibly colder.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae

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Viburnum propinquum chinese viburnum
Truly striking, evergreen viburnum from central and western China, to 6-8 ft tall x 4-6 ft wide, with shiny, dark green leaves on reddish stems. Late spring/early summer flowers are greenish white cymes followed by blue to black fruit in autumn. Average summer water in full to part sun; a bit of afternoon shade in hottest climates. Frost hardy to 0F, USDA zone 7. One of the best and a great substitute for the more common V. davidii.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae

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Viburnum x burkwoodii snowball viburnum
A beautiful semi-evergreen shrub, upright and multi-stemmed to 8-10 ft tall x 5-8 ft wide, with dark, glossy leaves. Pink buds open in spring to white flowers in large, fragrant clusters; August red fruits (drupes) turn black in October. Full sun for best flowering; tolerates part shade. Somewhat drought tolerant but better with regular water. This cross between two Asian species is frost hardy to -20F, USDA zone 5.
Caprifoliaceae / Adoxaceae

Weigela 'Looymansii Aurea'

Weigela 'Looymansii Aurea'
Glowing yellow foliage emerges in spring and gradually fades to spring green on this handsome, deciduous shrub, to 4-6 ft tall and as wide. Pink flowers brushed with purple appear in late spring and early summer adding yet more bright cheer. Bright light with protection from the hottest sun keeps the foliage fresh along with regular summer water. Frost hardy in USDA zone 5.
Diervillaceae

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x Fatshedera lizei - large leaf

Araliaceae

x Fatshedera lizei 'Angyo Star'

x Fatshedera lizei 'Angyo Star'aralia ivy
One of the most beautiful selections of this popular plant form, a bi-generic cross between fatsia and hedera creating a vining shrub that is trouble free and useful as a low climber to 5 ft, a container plant, or ground cover. This cultivar, initially from Japan and shared with us by plantsman Ted Stephens, has 5-6",evergreen leaves of deep green with clearly defined, creamy white margins. Though it has been successful in exceedingly dark places, happiest in light shade with supplemental summer water where dry. Should be frost hardy into the single digits, lower USDA zone 7.
Araliaceae

x Fatshedera lizei 'Annemieke'

x Fatshedera lizei 'Annemieke'
Everygreen, vining shrub, a cross between Fatsia and Hedera. These are green splashed gold, growing quickly to up to 8-10 ft tall but easily kept smaller. Best weaving through other shrubs or with support. For part to full shade in regular soil with average summer water. Grown for the foliage but these flower in the fall in white panicles followed by black berries, food for the birds. Evergreen to 15 degrees, but frost hardy to -10.
Araliaceae

x Fatshedera lizei 'Curly'

x Fatshedera lizei 'Curly'curly aralia ivy
This cross between ivy and fatsia is a winner in all respects. A viney shrub, non-clinging with somewhat lax stems that can reach 3 ft tall. This one has cute, curly leaves that add texture. Usually single stemmed, but branching can easily be encouraged by pinching the tips. As with others, it has been successful in exceedingly dark places, but prefers light shade with supplemental summer water where dry. Makes a fine houseplant. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Araliaceae

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x Fatshedera lizei 'Variegata'
The cream margined version of this inter-generic Fatsia and Hedera hybrid. Excellent lax or self clinging shrub to about 6 ft. This is perfect for those odd spots or corners, against  low walls or under larger plantings and the ever splashed foliage is a good backdrop for winters dainties such as snowdrops or helleborus. Best with water in some shade. Evergreen to 15 degrees but frost hardy to -10.
Araliaceae

x Rhaphiolepis 'Majestic Beauty'

x Rhaphiolepis 'Majestic Beauty'Indian Hawthorn
Gorgeous evergreen with dark green, leathery leaves, to 4" long with bronze fuzz on pale green undersides. Fragrant pink flowers appear in late spring to early summer. A bigeneric cross between R. umbellata and Eriobotrya japonica, hence the large leaves. Can reach 15 ft, but more often remains an 8-10 ft tall and wide shrub or small tree. Sun to part shade with summer water; tolerates some drought once established. Frost hardy in USDA zone 8.
Rosaceae

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