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Chinese Pistache
Mexican Sage
Tasmanian Tree Fern
Tea Tree Red Damask
Compact Karo
Limelight Strawflower
Border Penstemon
Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum
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Chinese Pistache

Common name: Chinese Pistache
Botanical name: Pistacia chinensis

The Pistacia chinensis is a deciduous tree with broad, spreading growth to 50' in height. Its leaves have 10-16 leaflets, and the fall coloring arrives in beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. Prune young trees to shape. This tree does not have edible nuts. Female trees have tiny red fruit, turning dark blue. It prefers full sun and deep, infrequent waterings. This is a great street or park tree.

Mexican Sage

Common name: Mexican Sage
Botanical name: Salvia leucantha

The Mexican Sage is a bushy shrub that grows 3'-4' tall and wide. It has hairy white stems, grey-green leaves and velvet-like purple flower spikes that bloom summer through fall. This shrub tolerates sun, light shade, little water, and is hardy to 15 degrees F. The Mexican Sage attracts hummingbirds. Be careful not to overwater. -Cornflower Farms

Tasmanian Tree Fern

Common name: Tasmanian Tree Fern
Botanical name: Dicksonia antarctica

This slow-growing plant is the hardiest of all tree ferns. Its fronds, 3'-6' long, are also dark green in color. It should receive part sun, and average watering, although the plants will take relatively dry conditions when established.

Tea Tree Red Damask

Common name: Tea Tree Red Damask
Botanical name: Leptospermum scoparium 'Red Damask'

Leptospermum scoparium is an evergreen shrub or tree. One half inch wide, red flowers are showy. Branches are densely set with needle-like, fragrant, green leaves.

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Compact Karo

Common name: Compact Karo
Botanical name: Pittosporum crassifolium 'Compactum'

Pittosporum crassifolium 'Nana' is an evergreen shrub or tree. It can reach 25' tall and 20' wide in 8-10 years. Branches are densely clothed in gray green, with 1"-2" long leaves that have rounded ends. It produces maroon flowers in late spring.

Limelight Strawflower

Common name: Limelight Strawflower
Botanical name: Helichrysum petiolare 'Limelight'

This shrub will grow 1'-2' high and 4'-6' wide. It has velvety chartreuse (yellow green) leaves. It does well in full sun in coastal areas and light shade in warmer inland areas. It does best with well draining soil. This shrub is also used as a ground cover and looks great in shady dry corners of the garden. This plant lives for about 2 years. Flowers bloom in summer but is considered insignificant. Prune to keep it tidy. Considered invasive in some areas. Looks great with rocks, in containers or in hanging baskets. This plant needs regular watering when getting established, then only occasional watering. Fertilize in spring with all purpose fertilizer.

Border Penstemon

Common name: Border Penstemon
Botanical name: Penstemon hybrids

This perennial plant will reach 3' high and has medium-sized, glossy dark green leaves with violet, or red or pink flowers that bloom in summer and fall. It needs a bit extra water in the summer and no water in the winter. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds.

Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum

Common name: Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum
Botanical name: Pittosporum tobira 'Wheeler's Dwarf'

This handsome dwarf form of the Pittosporum tobira grows into a low, dense mound, 2'-3' tall and 4'-5' wide. This shrub is covered with glossy, evergreen foliage. Small, fragrant, white flowers cover this shrub in spring. It prefers full to part sun and is drought tolerant once its established. Give extra water in summer. Wheeler's Dwarf is dependable and easy to grow. Prune in winter to keep shape.