Common name: Camphor Tree
Botanical name: Cinnamomum camphora
This beautiful evergreen tree has evergreen, glossy foliage that is light green in color. The new foliage comes in with a tinted red color. Fragrant flowers appear in spring but are considered insignificant. Small black fruit appear in summer or winter. Eventually, this tree becomes quite large in size (50'-60' tall and 60' wide) so plant in an area with ample space. Bark can be dark or light gray or sometimes reddish brown. It is furrowed. This tree does best in full sun with moist, well draining soil. Roots can be destructive. This tree tolerates coastal conditions.
Common name: Lemon Scented Gum
Botanical name: Eucalyptus citriodora
This tall, narrow, open tree can eventually reach 75' tall and half as wide. It has a trunk that is smooth, white and "muscular". This attractive tree has evergreen, light green, long leaves with a heavy lemon scent when crushed. Small inconspicuous flowers appear in winter. Below a temperature of 25 degrees F, the tree will be damaged by frost. Eucalyptus varieties are highly combustible. It tolerates full to part sun, preferring acidic or alkaline soil. It can become drought tolerant when established. Not frost tolerant. Psyllids may attack tree. Leaves can be used for perfume and essential oils. Wood is can be used for tools. Additional Names: Corymbia citriodora
Common name: Myer's Asparagus
Botanical name: Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'
An evergreen groundcover, the 'Myers' also makes an excellent hanging basket plant when larger in size. Its formal looking fronds have an even, spiral arrangement of leaflets. It is damaged by severe frosts, and looks best with at least occasional watering.
Common name: Japanese Garden Juniper
Botanical name: Juniperus procumbens
This groundcover-small shrub will reach 3' tall with a 4'-5' spread. It has small, blue-green, evergreen leaves. This dependable conifer is used for bonsai. It prefers full to part sun with occasional watering once it's established. It can also be used for topiaries.
Common name: Red Rose Penstemon
Botanical name: Penstemon superbus
Red Rose Penstemon has vivid coral flowers along 4' tall stalks in spring. Leaves are gray green, glaucous, 4"long, and 1.5" wide. Hummingbirds love this plant. It does well in desert areas but needs regular water in summer.
Common name: Yellow Moraea, Fortnight Lily
Botanical name: Dietes bicolor
This clumping perennial Iris relative stands 3'-4' high and 3' wide. It has light yellow, iris-like flowers with maroon blotches that are about 2" wide. It performs best in full sun in coastal areas and appreciates afternoon shade or complete light shade in warm, inland areas. It does best with regular watering and well draining soil. Flowers only bloom one day but another one will bloom the following day, blooming from spring through fall. Foliage is evergreen, long, thin and sword-like.