Furcraea Plants

Furcraea Plants

Native to Central and South America, the plants of the genus Furcraea are popular and interesting ornamental succulents. However, these plants – which go by an incredible array of names in nurseries and garden centers – are not only important to homeowners and landscapers; they play a large role in the lives of rural communities that have benefited from these plants for hundreds of years.

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Maidenhair Trees

Maidenhair Trees

Blessed with an impressive form, a hardy nature and unique leaves, maidenhair trees (Gingko biloba) are as attractive as they are interesting. With evolutionary roots extending deep into geological time, these leftovers of an ancient world have proven to be resilient survivors, who are even capable to thriving in 21st Century urban habitats.

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Japanese Umbrella Pines

Japanese Umbrella Pines

Japanese umbrella pines are unusual-looking trees that rarely solicit lukewarm opinions – as explained by the University of Florida Extension Service, “people either love this tree or won’t even look at it.” The whorled tufts of evergreen needles found at the end of the trees’ branches are said to resemble umbrellas, hence the species’ common name.

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African Podocarps

The so-called “African podocarps” include six species of tree within the genus Afrocarpus. They exhibit numerous similarities with the more familiar and widespread Australasian podocarps (Podocarpus spp.), and they were formerly classified in the same genus. Several different colloquial names are applied to members of the genus, including yellowwood, yew and fern pine.

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Douglas-Firs

Approximately six species comprise the genus Pseudotsuga, colloquially known as the Douglas-firs. They are some of the most iconic trees of the Pacific Northwest, and they often grow as pure or nearly pure stands. The trees are very important commercially, which has caused them to become interwoven with local cultures. For example, Douglas-firs are Oregon’s official state trees.

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