Plant of the Month – July

Carob Tree Ceratonia siliqua Plant Form: Evergreen tree, shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 30-45 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Fall (Sept – Nov) Native to: Mediterranean region, Iran Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Carob Tree, best known for its cultivated seed pods used as a substitute for chocolate, is also valued for its ornamental landscape qualities. Its dense canopy of glossy, evergreen foliage makes a wonderful shade tree. Allowed to grow naturally, it retains […]

Plant of the Month – January

California Pepper Tree Schinus molle Plant Form: Evergreen tree Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 25-40 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Summer (June-August) Native to: Peru, South America Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F California Pepper Tree is an evergreen tree with a weeping form that creates expansive shade when given room to spread. This fast-growing tree needs only occasional watering when established, and develops a fantastically gnarled trunk with interesting peeling bark. Its bright green leaves […]

Plant of the Month – April

Red Tip PhotiniaFraser’s PhotiniaPhotinia x fraseri Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Moderate Mature Size: 5-15 ft. tall x 5-15 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, part sun Bloom Time: Spring (April) Native to: Asia Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0-5°F Red Tip Photinia is stunning in spring when its new growth flashes red at the tip of each stem. As the red foliage matures, it turns bronze, and then settles into a deep green. Additional pruning of branch tips encourages new red leaves […]

Plant of the Month – May

Bicolor Rock Rose Cistus x cyprius var. ellipticus f. bicolor Plant Form: Evergreen shrub Water Use: Low Mature Size: 3-4 ft. tall x 4-7 ft. wide Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Bloom Time: Late Spring (April-May), Summer (June – August) Native to: Mediterranean region Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F   Bicolor Rock Rose looks so elegant in bloom that it may fool you with its sturdy, easy-care nature. This rock rose tolerates drought, poor soil, drying winds, and desert heat. […]