Shrubs, trees, ground covers, native plants, and seasonal color

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Agarita, Texas

Agarita, Texas

Botanical Name: Berberis (or Mahonia) trifoliolata

Small Texas native shrub that makes an excellent border or barrier plant due to the sharply pointed tri-leaflet leaves. The branches are stiff and spread out in every direction, reaching no more than several feet, easily forming small thickets.

Clusters of fragrant yellow flowers appear in the late winter, lasting until spring and are quite attractive against the gray-green holy-like leaves. They are followed by orange-red drupe fruits that wildlife seek out. They are easily harvested by pushing a sheet under the branches and lightly striking the bush with a broom; they are used to make jelly.

If given good drainage, Agarita can adapt to any soil type, and is naturally heat and drought tolerant. 


Anacacho Orchid Tree

Anacacho Orchid Tree

Botanical Name: Bauhinia lunarioides

The Anacacho Orchid tree is native to Mexico and south-western regions of Texas.  A large shrub or small tree with an irregular growth pattern.

The distinctive gray-green leaves are slightly cleft, and drop only when temperatures drop into the 30s. The foliage cover is thicker when grown in full sun. Clusters of pale pink to white flowers emerge on the new growth in the spring, lasting roughly a month. The flowers look like those of orchids, giving the shrub its name.  Bees and butterflies are readily attracted to the blooms.

The Anacacho Orchid tree is low maintenance and tolerant of hot and dry conditions, but required adequately drained soils. 


Anacua

Anacua

Botanical Name: Ehretia anacua

South Texas native that is evergreen south of San Antonio due to the light winters, but semi-evergreen anywhere else. It is also called the Sandpaper Tree due to the rough texture of the leaves. 

Ideal flowering tree for alkaline areas, however it will tolerate acidic soils. Desired for its showy and fragrant start shaped flowers that appear in the spring throughout summer. It develops clusters of orange fruits in July that attract wildlife in the fall. 

Anacua naturally develops several trunks, often forming a twisted gnarling shape as it ages. Relatively pest and disease free. 


Aralia, Fatsia, or Glossy Leaf Paper Plant

Aralia, Fatsia, or Glossy Leaf Paper Plant

Botanical Name: Fatsia japonica

Native to Japan, Aralia is one of the few plants appreciated for its leaves over the blooms. The leaves are palmately lobed and average twelve inches wide, located on the end of petioles that can be up to three feet long. “Fatsia” is Japanese for the number eight, as the leaves typically have eight lobes.

The thick stems of Aralia can’t always bear the weight of the leaves -- they may bend to the side, eventually resting on the ground and prominently displaying the old leaf scars. Small white flowers are borne from the top of the stem in the early winter, sometimes unnoticed against the foliage.

Aralia requires moist soils, and appreciates it slightly acidic. Freezing temperatures can damage the entire plant, so mulch well and plant in a protected area anywhere in cold regions of Texas. 


Aspidistra

Aspidistra

Botanical Name: Aspidistra elatior

Amongst all the landscape plant offerings, Cast Iron stands out as the one plant without stems or a trunk. It is a perennial with leathery tough leaves that emerge directly from the underground rhizome,  reaching a mature height of three feet. It earned its name for the ability to grow in low-light areas combined with minimal care or maintenance.  It makes an ideal indoor plant due to its hardy nature.

Aspidistra is unfortunately extremely slow growing, taking over a year to completely fill out a simple small gallon size container pot. Inconspicuous small purple flowers appear at the base of the plant in the spring. A variegated cultivar exists that has white markings streaked vertically on the leaves. 

Be sure to grow in well-draining soils to prevent root-rot.