The Tibouchina tree or botanically Tibouchina Urvilleana goes by many names. This lush tropical blooming bush may look or sound familiar because of its common names:Velvet-Leaf TibouchinaPurple Glory TreesPrincess Flower TreeSpider FlowerBrazilian Glory BushLasiandraTibouchina urvilleana, I remember when I first encountered the purple glory Princess flower.
The Orange Jasmine – Murraya paniculata is a large multi-trunked shrub or small tree.It is also known as the China Box, Mock Orange, Orange jessamine and belongs to the Rutaceae or Rue family.The fragrant orange blossom, bell-shaped flowers stand out against the evergreen dark green leaves which are made of three to nine leaflets.
Streptosolen jamesonii strep-toh-SOH-len, jay-mess-OWN-ee-eye is a monotypic genus of flowering plants belonging to the Solanaceae family along with Nicotiana alata and Calibrachoa (million bells).Previously, the plant was placed within the Browallia genus earning it the vernacular Orange Browallia.
Clerodendrum trichotomum kler-oh-DEN-drum, try-KOH-toh-mum is a flowering plant species, which is sometimes placed in the family Lamiaceae (the mint family) and sometimes classified as the member of the Verbenaceae family of plants and is native to China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and India.The deciduous shrub with somewhat unkempt appearance was once believed to be the tree of good fortune.
Clerodendrum paniculatum kler-oh-DEN-drum, pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tum is a species of flowering plant known for its pyramidal inflorescences typically appearing in a bright shade of red-orange.The pyramid-shaped cluster of flowers gave the plant its common name — the pagoda flower.It belongs to the Lamiaceae family, often called the mint or sage family.
Philadelphus Lewisii Fil-uh-DEL-fuss, Lew-ISS-ee-eye is a deciduous shrub from the family Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea).This plant is native to North America, east to Montana and Idaho, north to southern British Columbia, and northwest California.The Philadelphus Lewisii var Gordonianus is widespread, yet uncommon as it typically appears as an individual plant among other plant species.
The Chinese Fringe Flower or Loropetalum chinense lor-oh-PET-al-um, chi-NEN-see is one of the most visually pleasing plants for the landscape.Native to China, Japan, and other parts of Southeast Asia, this flowering evergreen shrub belongs to the family Hamamelidaceae, better known as the witch-hazel family.
Megaskepasma erythrochlamys me-gas-kee-PAS-muh, er-ith-roh-KLAM-is known by the common name Brazilian red cloak is an interesting shrub.It’s the only species in the megaskepasma genus in the family Acanthaceae along with:Aphelandra (Zebra plant)Strobilanthes (Persian Shield)Odontonema Strictum (Firespike)The tropical Brazilian red cloak plant is native to Venezuela and other parts of South America where it produces colorful inflorescences during the winter.
Cistus ladanifer l. SIS-tus, lad-AN-ee-fer is a flowering evergreen shrub from the family Cistaceae and native to the western Mediterranean region.Some of the various common names for Cistus ladanifer include:Gum rockroseLaudanumLabdanumCommon gum cistusCrimson spot rockroseBrown-eyed rockroseThe Cistus is adored for its beautiful flowers.
Chamaelaucium Uncinatum kam-ay-LAU-see-um, un-sin-AY-tum , alternatively spelled as Chamelaucium uncinatum, known as the wax flower is a flowering shrub from the myrtle family Myrtaceae.Other plants in the Myrtaceae family include:Leptospermum scoparium (New Zealand Tea Tree)Metrosideros excelsa (New Zealand Christmas Tree)Callistemon (Bottle Brush Tree)French botanist René Louiche Desfontaines first defined the genus Chamaelaucium in 1819.
The Grandiflora glossy abelia is a hybrid of the Linnaea chinensis and Linnaea uniflora, two types of Linnea that belong to the Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle) family.Its Latin name is grandiflora which literally means “abundant flowers” referring to the clusters of white flowers the plant produces in full bloom.
Odontonema Strictum oh-dawn-toe-NEEM-muh, STRICK-tum is a herbaceous plant belonging to the family Acanthaceae called firespike.Native to Mexico and Central America, this firespike plant boasts lovely crimson blooms and gleaming foliage.Other popular Acanthaceae family members include:Persian Shield PlantSanchezia SpeciosaZebra Plant – Aphelandra SquarrosaThis evergreen shrub tends to produce deep, blood-red flowers in seasons of summer and autumn.
Botanically known as Aloysia virgata al-uh-WIZH-ee-uh, vir-GA-tuh , a sweet almond bush is a large shrub indigenous to Argentina.This Aloysia genus belongs to the verbena plant family Verbenaceae.This is a common garden plant in the Southern states of the United States of America including Alabama, Arizona, Florida, and California.
Buxus Microphylla BUK-sus, my-kro-FIL-uh is a flowering plant in the Buxaceae (Box) family.It’s a dwarf shrub with evergreen foliage and small white flowers.You may hear it called by one of its common names including:Little leaf boxJapanese boxKorean boxwoodBoxwoodThe plant is native to Japan, Taiwan, China, and Korea.
Calycanthus Occidentalis kal-ee-KAN-thus, ok-sih-den-TAY-liss has a difficult name to pronounce. Most people simply call it the spicebush.Other common names include:Carolina sweet shrubCarolina spicebushCarolina allspiceThe spicebush is a shrub with dark red to purplish-brown flowers arriving in the late spring or early summer.
Aglaia odorata ah-GLAY-uh, oh-dor-AH-tuh is a large shrub belonging to the Meliaceae or mahogany family.This pretty, fragrant perennial plant hails from:CambodiaIndonesiaMyanmarThailandVietnamTaiwanChinaLaosThe plants’ genus name, Aglaia, comes from Greek mythology.Aglaia was one of three graces or goddesses of beauty, charm, and grace.
The Copper leaf plant, botanically called Acalypha wilkesiana ak-uh-LY-fuh, wilk-see-AY-nuh , is an evergreen subtropical shrub.This colorful Acalypha plant along with its cousin the chenille plant belongs to Acalyphinae a subtribe of Euphorbiaceae (a flowering plant species of the spurge family) and native in Vanuatu and certain parts of the Pacific Island.
The chenille plant (Acalypha) comes from the genus Acalypha part of the spurge family Euphorbiaceae like the poinsettia plant and colorful Crotons.The original plants are native to the tropics, with most of the species coming from the Americas.The copper-leaf plant Acalypha wilkesiana pronounced ak-uh-LY-fuh wilk-see-AY-nuh includes several species.
Edgewrothia edj-WOR-thee-uh is a flowering plant genus in the Thymelaeaceae family and native to the woodlands of the China and Himalayas and widely cultivated in Japan to create their banknotes.The genus is named after an English botanist, a plant collector, and an employer of the East India Company in the 19th century – Michael Pakenham Edgeworth and his half-sister – Maria Edgeworth.
Found in the coastal regions of New Zealand, Coprosma repens kop-ROS-muh, REE-penz is an attractive evergreen shrub with white and green leaves.It’s part of the Rubiaceae family of plants and offers dense foliage.Coprosma Repens has earned several common names:Mirror plantLooking-glass bushNew Zealand laurelShiny leafThe name of the genus comes from the Greek words for dung and smell, referring to the foul odor produced when crushing the leaves.
Hebe HEE-bee is a genus of plants found throughout New Zealand, French Polynesia, and parts of South America.The genus includes close to 100 different species, all of which appear naturally in New Zealand.Hebe plants belong to the Plantaginaceae (plantain) family and range in size from small dwarf shrubs to trees.