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American beauty-berry most often grows 3-5 ft. tall and usually just as wide, It can reach 9 ft. in height in favorable soil and moisture conditions. It has long, arching branches and yellow-green fall foliage, but its most striking feature is the clusters of glossy, iridescent-purple fruit (sometimes white) which hug the branches at leaf axils in the fall and winter. Bark light brown on the older wood, reddish brown on younger wood. Bark smooth, with elongate, raised corky areas (lenticels); twigs round to 4 sided, covered with branched hairs visible under a l0x hand lens. Leaves in pairs or in threes, blades half as wide as long and up to 9 inches long, ovate to elliptic, pointed or blunt at the tip and tapered to the base; margins coarsely toothed except toward the base and near the tip, teeth pointed or rounded; lower surface of young leaves covered with branched hairs. Flowers small, pink, in dense clusters at the bases of the leaves, clusters usually not exceeding the leaf petioles. Fruit distinctly colored, rose pink or lavender pink, berrylike, about 1/4 inch long and 3/16 inch wide, in showy clusters, persisting after the leaves have fallen. The seeds and berries are important foods for many species of birds, particularly the Northern Bobwhite. Foliage is a favorite of White-tailed Deer.
Few foliage plants can compare to the ‘Apricot Queen’. Its shining sword-like blades are lemon yellow edged in green. As the new blades emerge, they are flushed with apricot. This bold tender perennial forms big clumps of colorful, strappy, evergreen leaves. In spring it produces long, upright floral spikes that are large, open and branched. The spikes become covered with small, tubular, orange flowers, which are pollinated by the tui bird in New Zealand. In America they are attractive to hummingbirds. Most plants do not flower until fully mature. The spent floral stems should be cut back to keep plants looking nice.
New Zealand Flax will grow almost anywhere if provided full sun and average to fertile soil with good drainage. Too much soil moisture can cause root or crown rot, so be sure not to overwater. Out west, it prefers coastal conditions but will grow inland everywhere except the high and low desert. In areas with cold winters, it can be treated as a bedding plant and even brought indoors to overwinter. It is remarkably resistant to reflected heat from pavement, which makes an ideal candidate for urban roadside landscapes. Mass it in big, bold groups or plant as a specimen in a mixed sunny garden or large container.
Blue Atlas Cedar is a large evergreen tree that hails from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria. It was introduced to Europe in 1839 and has become wildly popular since that time in all areas of the world where the climate suits it. This elegant weeping form appeared in France and was introduced in 1873 by a nursery owner by the name of Paillet. The original tree is still alive and has become a glorious, venerable old tree. To add even more drama to a tree that’s obviously a showstopper already, we have trained it in youth to have a serpentine, or S-shaped, trunk.
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Granite Bay, CA 95746
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