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Ilex amelanchier (female)
Common Name: Holly, Serviceberry Holly or Swamp Holly
This rare holly native to the Southern U.S. is a tall deciduous shrub or small tree with dull matte finish red fruits on long stems. Oval leaves to 4 inches long suggestive of Amelanchier leaves, hence "Shadbush Holly". This holly occurs along black...

Ilex coriacea
Common Name: Large Gallberry

Large Gallberry is a tall evergreen shrub found in wet acid soils in the Southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain where it often occurs with the related Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra). It is usually a larger plant with larger and broader leaves and ...


Ilex integra
Common Name: Holly, Mochi
Evergreen tree with non-spiny dark green leaves and large red berries on female plants. A very ornamental holly native to Japan but not commonly seen in the U.S. Probably best for the coastal areas of the Southeast. ...

Ilex mutchagara
Common Name: Shima-inu-tsuge Holly

Upright evergreen shrub similar to Japanese Holly (I. crenata) and sometimes considered a variety of it found on Okinawa. The small evergreen leaves have marginal teeth but no spines. A little known shrub with open graceful habit and black fruit o...


Ilex opaca (female) 'Selected Red'
Common Name: American Holly 'Selected Red'

Ilex opaca, the familiar American Holly, is a medium size evergreen tree with spines on the margins and tips of the tough leathery leaves and red berries on the female plants. It is widespread in eastern U.S. on well-drained woodland site...


Ilex paraguariensis
Common Name: Yerba Mate

This evergreen holly from South America resembles Dahoon Holly (Ilex cassine) of the southeastern U.S.  It is the source of Yerba mate, the popular and traditional hot beverage in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina where it is ...


Ilex serrata x verticellata 'Apollo'
Common Name: Apollo Deciduous Holly

This hybrid deciduous holly was developed and released by the U.S. National Arboretum as a pollenator for their variety 'Sparkleberry'.  Apollo is not unattractive but is best planted as a background plant in proximity to poll...


Ilex spinigera (female)
Common Name: Holly, Caspian

This evergreen holly is a dense large shrub or small tree.  The leaves are relatively small, oblong, glossy, and spine margined . Female plants have red fruit. This holly native to Iran is very rare in America. It is related to English Holly ...


Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'
Common Name: Winterberry Holly 'Southern Gentleman'

Winterberry Holly is a small to medium size multi-stem decidous shrub found in moist to wet soils over much of the eastern U.S. The female plants produce masses of very showy red berries on the bare stems and make a striking effect in late fall an...


Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red (female)'
Common Name: Winterberry Holly 'Winter Red'
Winterberry Holly is a small to medium size multi-stem decidous shrub found in moist to wet soils over much of the eastern U.S. The female plants produce masses of very showy red berries on the bare stems and make a striking effect in late fall and ...

Ilex verticillata x serrata 'Raritan Chief'
Common Name: Winterberry Holly 'Raritan Chief' Hybrid

This small deciduous male holly is a compact hybrid made by Dr. E.R. Orton, Jr., of Rutgers University. The parent species are Ilex verticellata native to the eastern U.S. and the closely related Ilex serrata from Japan. This is ...


Ilex verticillata x serrata 'Sparkleberry'
Common Name: Holly, 'Sparkleberry' Winterberry hybrid

Our native Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticellata), its Japanese equivalent (Ilex serrata) and the hybrids between the two are small to medium size multi-stem decidous shrubs.    The female plants produce masses...


Illicium floridanum ''Halley's Comet''
Common Name: 'Halley's Comet' Florida Anise Tree
Florida Anise is a medium size evergreen shrub with dark green lanceolate aromatic leaves and 2 inch starfish-like maroon flowers. It is found in rich moist soil along streams in the central Gulf Coast area from Georgia to Louisiana. It is an an ad...

Illicium floridanum var. album
Common Name: White-flowerd Florida Anise Tree

Florida Anise is an evergreen ahrub with elliptical leaves that are aromatic when crushed. This is an uncommon white-flowered selection of a normally maroon flowered plant. The flowers which appear in spring are starfish shaped and about 1 inch in...


Illicium henryi
Common Name: Henry Anise Tree
The Henry Anise tree is a handsome dense pyramidal Chinese shrub with waxy pink flowers and aromatic evergreen leaves. It was probably first made available to American gardeners by Woodlanders after we obtained it from Hillier Nursery in England. It...

Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine'
Common Name: Ocala Anise 'Florida Sunshine'

A yellow leaf form of Illicium parviflorum (which see) selected and introduced by our friend Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery.  His history and and description is as follows:

We brought three golden seedlings of the rare ...


Indigofera amblyantha
Common Name: Tall Indigo
Our friend Ted Stephens at Nurseries Caroliniana says: "This plant has to be one of my top 10 favorites." It will reach 8 feet plus and flowers from late March to October. Wonderful background in a perennial border as it produces spikes of pea-like...

Indigofera heterantha
Common Name: Himalayan Indigo

This medium to large shrub bears rosy purple flowers in 5 inch long racemes produced from axils of the compound leaves summer through fall. The leaves are made up of many small leaflets along a midrib.  Dr. Michael Dirr in his Manual...


Indigofera incarnata
Common Name: Chinese Indigo

Indigofera incarnata (decora) is a low spreading deciduous shrub legume with compound leaves. It makes a groundcover with summer racemes of pink pea flowers.  It is suited to sun or part shade. It is native to China

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Indigofera incarnata 'Alba'
Common Name: Chinese Indigo Cultivar

Indigofera incarnata (decora) is a low spreading deciduous shrub legume with compound leaves. It makes a groundcover with summer racemes of pink pea flowers. Suited to sun or part shade. It is native to China. Indigofera incarnata (de...


Ipomoea fistulosa
Common Name: Bush Morning Glory

Also known as Ipomoea carnea this essentially tropical "Morning Glory" from South America is not a vine but a perennial that grows to 8 feet or more.  It has big pink Morning Glory flowers and from a distance may be mi...


Iris brevicaulis
Common Name: Iris, Lamance
This native Iris is found on lowgrounds in the south central U.S. It has relatively short leaf blades with zig-zag stems and surprisingly large blue flowers that are held above the foliage. It is a good garden plant in moist fertile soil where it spr...

Iris cristata
Common Name: Crested Iris

 Iris cristata is a dwarf woodland Iris found in interior of eastern U.S.  It has rather broad leaf blades arranged in typical Iris fans. The lovely 1 1/2 to 2 inch blue flowers are borne on stems only a few inches high in spring. It is ...


Iris fulva
Common Name: Red Louisiana Iris
Copper-colored....

Iris japonica
Common Name: Shaga Iris

Iris japonica is a native of China growing in open forest edges and grasslands, at elevations from 500 to 800 m (1,600 to 2,600 ft). One population at 2,400 to 3,400 m (7,900 to 11,200 ft) in Southwest China is belie...


Iris sanguinea
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This Asian Iris, a relative of I. siberica has narrow, dark green leaves and bears purple flowers on tall slender stems. It forms clumps which can be divided and has done well in our area with minimal care. Plant is sunny bed or border or...


Iris tectorum 'Album'
Common Name: Japanese Roof Iris

Scott Ogden in Garden Bulbs for the South says: "Japanese roof iris (I. tectorum) is famous in its native country as a flower for planting on sod roofs, just as housleeks are uesed on cottage roofs of France. In gardens the silky, green f...


Iris tectorum (blue)
Common Name: Japanese Roof Iris

Scott Ogden in Garden Bulbs for the South says: "Japanese roof iris (I. tectorum) is famous in its native country as a flower for planting on sod roofs, just as housleeks are uesed on cottage roofs of France. In gardens the silky, green fans of le...


Iris verna
Common Name: Iris, Dwarf violet

This dwarf iris with blue to purple flowers in spring is native to the southeastern U.S. with outliers in surrounding states.  It is sometimes confused with Iris cristata but has more upright narrower leaves and grows in drier habita...


Itea chinensis
Common Name: Chinese Sweetspire
Medium to tall evergreen shrub with oval leaves about 3 inches long and 4 inch spikes of tiny white flowers in spring. This Asian relative of our native Sweetspire has been a good garden plant in the semi-shady border here and deserves to be more wi...

Itea oldhamii
Common Name: Sweetspire, Taiwan

Itea oldhamii is an evergreen shrub with compact growth habit. Juvenile leaves can be holly-like but mature leaves are entire. It has racemes of white flowers in late spring. Plant in good soil that is moist but well-drained. In our exper...


Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'
Common Name: Virginia Sweetspire 'Henry's Garnet'

This now popular and widely grown selection of our native deciduous Sweetspire or Virginia Willow was first offered by Woolanders in 1985 as "Selected Form". We had propagated it from a plant obtained from the Henry Foundation in Gladwyne, Pennsyl...


Itea virginica 'Longspire'
Common Name: Virginia Sweetspire 'Longspire'

Introduced by Woodlanders, this is an excellent, long-spired (6 to 8 inches) selection of our native Sweetspire or Virginia Willow (not a willow !) selected along the Augusta Canal near the Savannah River in Georgia by our late founders, Robert an...


Itea virginica 'Sarah Eve'
Common Name: Pink Virginia Sweetspire 'Sarah Eve'

This Woodlanders introduction is the first pink Itea. The flowers are essentially white but the pink pedicels make the racemes distinctly pale pink. This selection found by Nancy Bissett of The Natives in central Florida and was named for...


Itea virginica 'Shirley's Compact'
Common Name: Dwarf Sweetspire 'Shirley's Compact'

Dense tiny mounding deciduous shrub with small congested leaves. This little mutant was found at Biltmore House and Gardens in North Carolina. It is basically a curiosity suited for the rock garden or small space where it would not...


Itea yunnanensis
Common Name: Yunnan Sweetspire

This Itea from Yunnan, China is an evergreen shrub similar to Itea chinensis except more low and spreading and with more leathery and darker green leaves that are somewhat holly-like on juvenile plants but with smooth edges on mature plan...

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