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Common name: Fraser Photinia
Botanical name: Photinia X fraseri
The Photina fraseri is an evergreen, medium-sized shrub with new foliage that is a glistening, copper red color. It is excellent as a hedge, screen, or accent plant. It should be grown under conditions of sun.
Common name: Purple Robe Locust
Botanical name: Robinia X ambigua 'Purple Robe'
Robinia X ambigua 'Purple Robe' is a deciduous tree that grows 30'-40' tall and 20'-30' wide with compound green leaves. Trunk and branches have thorns; will break easily in windy conditions. It requires full sun, low watering (drought tolerant), and will live in most soils except for wet. It has pink, wisteria-like, fragrant flowers that bloom in spring, attracting bees. Purple brown seed pods follow bloom period. This tree grows quickly and suckers; it is useful on hillsides or reclamation areas.
Common name: Japanese Blood Grass
Botanical name: Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'
This groundcover/grass can slowly reach up to 1' tall and 18" wide. During spring, thin lime green blades of grass rise, with red tips. With warmer weather, blades turn completely red. During fall and winter, grass turns gray brown. This attractive and dramatic looking grass tolerates full to part sun, preferring moist, well draining soil. This plant looks great in containers, with rocks, in alpine gardens, in borders. It is dramatic when back lit.