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Trees

Sorbus aronioides

Sorbus aronioides

Sorbus aronioides is part of the Rosaceae family of plants. It is native to China. They also call it Chokeberry-leaved Whitebeam or in Chinese 毛背花楸 Mao Bei Hua Qiu. Sorbus aronioides is a shrub or a small tree. It grows to 12m or 40ft tall. The common name Whitebeam is due to the silvery look of the backs of the leaves. When the wind blows they turn to show the ...

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Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’

Magnolia 'Yellow Lantern'

Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’ is a magnolia hybrid. It is a cross between Magnolia acuminate var. subcordata and Magnolia soulangeana ‘Alexandrina’. It is an upright, deciduous tree. It is part of the Magnoliaceae family of plants. It grows to 30ft or 10m tall. Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’ produces light yellow, tulip-shaped flowers. It flowers in mid-spring in April. Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’ flowers are fragrant. It has oblong or ovate leaves. The foliage is dark green ...

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Catalpa ovata or Yellow Catalpa

Catalpa ovata, Chinese Catalpa, Yellow Catalpa

Catalpa ovata is a small deciduous tree. It is part of the Bignoniaceae family of plants. They also call it Yellow Catalpa or Chinese Catalpa. It grows to 30ft or 10m. It is native to western China. The name’s origin is Native American Indian. Catalpa ovata foliage are light green. The leaves are ovate and three to five-lobed. They are glamorous and downy veins on the back. The leaves turn ...

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Cornus controversa

Cornus controversa

Cornus controversa is part of the Cornaceae family of plants. They also call it Swida controversa, or Wedding Cake Tree. It is native to the Himalayas, China, Korea, and Japan. It is commonly called Giant Dogwood. It is a deciduous tree. Cornus controversa grows to 15m or 50ft tall. It is a fast grower. Cornus controversa Cornus controversa has dark green leaves. They are ovate and glaucous on the back. ...

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Citrus sinensis ‘Cara Cara’

Citrus sinensis 'Cara Cara'

Citrus sinensis ‘Cara Cara’ or Cara Cara Pink Orange is a citrus tree. It is from the Rutaceae family of plants. It is a hybrid between Washington Navel Orange and Brazilian Bahia Navel Orange. It is evergreen. Citrus sinensis ‘Cara Cara’ is easy to grow. It grows to about 20ft or 6m tall. It has glossy dark green leaves. The flowers are white and star-shaped. They are very fragrant. The ...

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Magnolia ‘Spectrum’

Magnolia x soulangeana 'Spectrum'

Magnolia ‘Spectrum’ is also known as Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Spectrum‘. It is part of the Magnoliaceae family of plants. It is a medium-sized, deciduous tree. It is a multi-stemmed hybrid. Étienne Soulange-Bodin (1774-1846), a French botanist, originally cultivated the Magnolia x soulangeana. Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Spectrum’ It has shiny, dark green foliage. They are simple and oval. The flowers grow before the leaves. The flowers are large almost 20cm or 8in ...

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Acer davidii

Acer davidii

Acer davidii is also known as Père David’s Maple or Snakebark Maple. It is part of the Sapindaceae family of plants and is a species of maple. Acer davidii is native to China. It was first discovered by Armand David or Père David (1826-1900), a French missionary catholic priest and botanist. He was sent to China in 1851 and commissioned by the Jardin des Plantes to obtain specimens. It was ...

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Picea abies

Picea abies

Picea abies is also known as the Picea abies ‘Excelsa’, Pinus excelsa, Picea abies ‘Lexa’, or commonly known as Norway Spruce, Baltic Whitewood, Spur Fir, White Deal, Common Spruce, Burgundy Pitch Tree, European Spruce. It is native to Europe in particular northern, central, and Eastern Europe. Picea abies has an almost 300-year life span. It starts producing seeds when it is in its forties. Picea abies at Kew Garden, London, ...

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Aesculus hippocastanum

aesculus hippocastanum

Aesculus hippocastanum or the Horse Chestnut is part of the Sapindaceae family of plants which also includes lychee. It is also called Horse Chestnut Buckeye, Conker tree, or Spanish Chestnut. Aesculus hippocastanum is a large broad-crowned tree. It can grow up to 39m or 128ft. It is deciduous. Aesculus hippocastanum has a spreading dense canopy. It is native to the Balkans, more precisely to the Pindus Mountains. It is called ...

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Cotinus obovatus or American Smoke Tree

Cotinus obovatus

Cotinus obovatus or American Smoke Tree is also known as Chittamwood, Texas Smoke Tree, Wild Smoke Tree, Smokebush, Cotinus americanus, or Smoke Tree. It is a large deciduous, multi-trunked tree. It has a resinous sap. It is from the Anacardiaceae family of plants. American Smoke Tree is native to North America, in particular Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas. Cotinus obovatus grows to 10m or 33ft tall. Cotinus obovatus, ...

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