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(Note: Common names are variable and unreliable)

Botanical Name     Common Name
Abelia chinensis
Common Name: Chinese Abelia

This Abelia is an upright to spreading deciduous shrub native to China and one of the parents of the much more commonly grown hybrid Abelia x grandiflora.  It can make a good hedge plant with abundant white flowers in summer and with...

Abelmoschus manihot
Common Name: Sunset Hibiscus
Abelmoschus manihot (Hibiscus manihot) is a perennial in the warmer zones, and an annual elsewhere. It bears large showy yellow Hibiscus-like flowers with a maroon eye. It grows well in warmer areas of the U.S. and is easily grown in any well-drained...

Abutilon pictum
Common Name: Flowering Maple
A shrub in warm areas with maple-like leaves and orange mallow-like flowers in leaf axils. A showy, fast grower for a sunny protected spot. Given rich soil and ample water, these plants will thrive during hot summers. May not freeze back every yea...

Abutilon pictum 'Souvenir de Bonn'
Common Name: Variegated Flowering Maple

Abutilon pictum 'Souvenir de Bonn' is a shrub in warm areas. Maple-like leaves are variegated with white. Orange mallow-like flowers in leaf axils. A showy, fast grower for a sunny protected spot. Given rich soil and ample water, these pl...

Acacia neovernicosa
Common Name: Acacia, Viscid

Many plants from the desert Southwest are great ornamentals in the southern U.S. when planted in appropriate site conditions.  Most need full sun in a well-drained site with good soil and freedom from competing vegetation....

Acer barbatum
Common Name: Florida Maple

Acer barbatum is a medium to large deciduous oval shaped tree related to the Northern Sugar Maple and sometimes classified as Acer saccharum ssp.floridanum or as Acer floridanum. More heat-tolerant than Northern Sugar Ma...

Acer rubrum 'Candy Ice'
Common Name: Red Maple 'Candy Ice'

Acer rubrum 'Candy Ice' is a Woodlanders' introduction that was found by Norman Beal in Southwest Virginia.  We use Norman's original name but it has been publicized elsewhere as 'Snowfire'.  It is pyramidal in youth and...

Adiantum capillus-veneris
Common Name: Southern Maidenhair

Adiantum capillus-veneris is a distinctive deciduous fern with dark purple to black wirey stems and fan-like soft green pinules (leaflets). A delicate fern that will form colonies in locations with bright filtered light and good air circu...

Adina rubella
Common Name: Adina, Glossy

This is a medium to large deciduous shrub resembles and is related to our native Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis).  It has smaller leaves and similar but smaller ball-like flowers in early summer.  The flowers could give i...

Aesculus glabra
Common Name: Ohio Buckeye

Ohio Buckeye is a small to medium, or occasionally large deciduous tree native to the mid-western U.S.  It is the tree which gives Ohio the name of the "Buckeye State".  The rather large leaves are typical of this genus with fi...

Aesculus parviflora
Common Name: Bottlebrush Buckeye

Bottlebrush Buekeye is a wide spreading multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with large palmately compound leaves. Flowers in early summer are long upright white spikes. Showy flowers and bright yellow fall color make this a highly desirable ornamental f...

Aesculus parviflora var. serotina
Common Name: Late-blooming Bottlebrush Buckeye
Wide spreading, suckering, multi-stemmed open deciduous slow growing shrub. Overall shape is irregular almost stratified in appearance. White bottlebrush flowers appear in summer two to three weeks later than typical for the species. Medium to dar...

Aesculus pavia
Common Name: Red Buckeye

Red Buckeye is a clump forming deciduous round topped shrub or small tree with handsome lustrous dark green palmately compound leaves which emerge very early and may drop in late summer. Produces six inch panicles of showy tubular red flowers in s...

Agave lophantha 'Splendida'
Common Name: Century Plant 'Splendida'

This small bright green Agave with a white center stripe on the short, broad, toothed leaves is a selection of a species native to south Texas and Mexico.  This smaller more compact clumping selection was found some years ago near J...

Aleurites fordii
Common Name: Tung-oil Tree

Tung Oil tree is a medium size deciduous tree.  It is ornamental with large (to 10 in) dark green heart shaped or lobed leaves and white to pink flowers in showy panicles in spring. Large inedible seeds are source of tung...

Alnus maritima
Common Name: Alder, Seaside

Seaside Alder is a medium to large deciduous shrub with glossy oval, toothed leaves.  Flowers are elongated catkins followed by small pinecone-like fruits.  This rare species is unusual in several respects.  It flowers in the f...

Aloysia virgata
Common Name: Sweet Almond Bush

This deciduous shrub with oval toothed leaves can be trained as a small tree in subtropical regions or treated as a die-back perennial in some temperate climates.  It has spikes of white fragrant flowers in terminal panic...

Alpinia sp
Common Name: Evergreen Ginger
Evergreen Ginger produces many long lance-shaped leaves from the base. Spikes of clear yellow flowers extend above the foliage. Plant in part to full shade in moist fertile soil. From seed Collected in 1998 by Frank Bell above Baoguo Monastery on ...

Amelanchier nantucketensis
Common Name: Nantucket Serviceberry
A rare low-growing, thicket forming stoloniferous shrub which occurs on sandy soils in sun. . Mid spring white flowers have shorter petals than most Shadbushes. Edible red fruits like other Shadbush species. We are indebted to Richard Lynch of Swe...

Amsonia hubrechtii
Common Name: Arkansas Amsonia
This distinctive species of Blue Star native to the South Central U.S. We believe this now popular plant was first made available by Woodlanders. It is a strong perennial forming a large dense clump of upright stems clothed with very narrow leaves w...

Amsonia tabernaemontana
Common Name: Bluestar
This is the Amsonia most familiar to gardeners. This Bluestar has broader oval leaves and the blue star shaped flowers at the ends of the stems typical of the Amsonias. It grows well in deep moist soil in partial shade. Alan Armitage in Herbaceous...

Anisacanthus wrightii
Common Name: Hummingbird Bush

Hummingbird bush is a deciduous shrub with rather small pointed leaves and orange to red tubular star-shaped flowers attractive to hummingbirds. Flowers occur from late spring until frost. Drought tolerant as it is native to the southwestern U.S. ...

Anisacanthus wrightii 'Pumpkin'
Common Name: Yellow Hummingbird Flower

Like Anisacanthus wrightii (which see) but with yellow flowers. This clone from San Antonio Botanic Garden is probably the variety 'Pumpkin'



Arbutus unedo
Common Name: Strawberry Tree
Small tree or large evergreen shrub with urn-shaped pinkish-white flowers in small panicles in fall/early winter. Orange-red strawberry-like fruit. Fruit matures over a year and is present at same time as flowers. Edible but not wonderful ! Slow...

Arbutus x andrachnoides
Common Name: Strawberry Tree Hybrid

Evergreen small tree similar to Arbutus unedo with white bell-like flowers and pink, strawberry-like fruit. On older plants the bark becomes a rich red-brown color. Salt tolerant. Dark green leaves are 1.5 to 4 inches long. Hybrid between...

Ardisia crenata
Common Name: Coralberry
A low shrub with a single stem like a little tree. glossy dark green leaves with wavy edges. Small pink flowers in spring followed by clusters of persistent bright red fruit. A very ornamental plant for the southern garden where it will self-seed in...

Ardisia japonica 'Hinode'
Common Name: Variegated Japanese Ardisia
A variegated form of Ardisia japonica (which see) with broad band of yellow variegation in the center of the leaves....

Ardisia japonica 'Nishiki'
Common Name: Variegated Japanese Ardisia
A variegated form of Ardisia japonica (which see). Ardisia japonica 'Nishiki' ('Hokan Nishiki') has gold and pink variegated leaves on new growth....

Aristida beyrichiana
Common Name: Wiregrass, Southern
This is a fine textured bunch grass with dense wiry foliage and tall, narrow flowering spikes. It is historically the dominant groundcover in frequently burned longleaf pine forests in the southern U.S. It is now becoming rare because of the loss and...

Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'
Common Name: Red Chokeberry 'Brilliantissima'
Thicket forming deciduous shrub with persistant red fruit. Fall color equal to or superior to burning bush. Adaptable to well-drained or wet soils. This selection has perhaps waxier more lustrous leaves than typical for species. Good ornamental. ...

Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'
Common Name: Milkweed, Swamp
'Ice Ballet' is a white flowered selection of this native perennial milkweed. Flowers are borne at tops of 3-4 foot tall plants. This is a good garden plant for moist sites or for the well-watered perennial border. Easy to grow and attractive to butt...

Asimina triloba
Common Name: Pawpaw
Tropical looking deciduous small tree. Large leaves have distinctive odor when crushed. Largest native edible fruit. Perishable banana-like fruit in mid-summer has custard like pulp and large seeds. They are relished by raccoons and many people. S...

Aspidistra elatior
Common Name: Cast Iron Plant
An evergreen groundcover with broad dark green leaves all arising directly from the ground. A great plant for very dark or shady corners and once used as a container plants in almost impossible environments hence common names. Fleshy flowers are vi...

Aspidistra elatior 'Asahi'
Common Name: Cast Iron Plant, 'Asahi'

An old Japanese variety of Aspidistra elatior (which see) that has and air brushed look to the ends of the leaves which terminate with a whitish tip. The name 'Asahi' reportedly means "Rising Sun".


Aster laevis 'Bluebird'
Common Name: Aster 'Bluebird'
A selection of our native Smooth Aster made by Richard Lighty at Mt. Cuba Center in Deleware. Large vase shaped clumps bear abundant 1"+ flower heads with violet blue ray flowers surrounding golden disc flowers. This good perennial for the bed or b...

Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite'
Common Name: Aster 'Raydon's Favorite'
A dense bushy plant smothered in fall with large blue-purple flowers. A selection from the former Holbrook Farm Nursery in N.C. A fine garden plant for sunny border with well-drained soil. Aromatic foliage. Native to dry prairies and rocky slopes...

Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum'
Common Name: Japanese Painted Fern

Athyrium nipponicum (goeringianum) 'Pictum' is a cool gray-green and silvery deciduous groundcovering fern. Best color when they receive some direct sunlight, preferably in the morning but like most ferns they should be planted in rich hu...

Aucuba chinensis
Common Name: Chinese Aucuba

This Chinese relative of the common Japanese Aucuba is a rare plant perhaps first offered in U.S. by Woodlanders. It is an evergreen shrub with broad coarsely toothed leaves with a few yellow dots. Possibly not as cold hardy as the Japanese specie...

Aucuba japonica 'Golden King'
Common Name: Golddust Plant

An evergreen shrub with rather large leathery leaves which in this clone are very heavily splashed with yellow. We obtained this male clone a few years ago from Dr. Michael Dirr who was then working with and evaluating a number of Aucuba varieties...

Botanical Name     Common Name