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Acer japonicum, Amur maple, Downy Japanese maple, Fullmoon maple
Acer japonicum 'Aureum'

Acer japonicum

Amur maple, Downy Japanese maple, Fullmoon maple
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Japan
Can be used for bonsaiSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliageRed, crimson, vinous flowersDeciduous plantSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Acer japonicum is a small deciduous tree growing to 5-10 m (rarely 15 m) tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm in diameter. In cultivation, it is often only a shrubby tree with multiple trunks joining at ground-level. In autumn, the leaves turn bright orange to dark red.





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Acer palmatum, Japanese maple, Palmate maple, Smooth Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Japanese maple, Palmate maple, Smooth Japanese maple
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Japan
Can be used for bonsaiBig tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliageDeciduous plantSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Acer palmatum includes thousands of named cultivars with a variety of forms, colors, leaf types, sizes, and preferred growing conditions. Heights of mature specimens range from 0.5 to 25 m (1.5 to 82 ft), depending on type.





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Acer sp., Red Maple, Soft Maple
Acer negundo 'Argenteo-notatum'

Acer sp.

Red Maple, Soft Maple
Family: Sapindaceae
Can be used for bonsaiBig tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageDeciduous plantSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant

Maple is a widespread deciduous tree popular in eastern North America.

Many of its features, especially its leaves, are quite variable in form. Among these features it is best known for its brilliant deep scarlet foliage in autumn. Red Maple is adaptable to a very wide range of site conditions. It can be found growing in swamps, on poor dry soils, and most anywhere in between. Elevation is also not a limiting factor in its range. Due to its attractive fall foliage and pleasing form, it is often used as a shade tree for landscapes. It is used commercially on a small scale for maple syrup production as well as for its medium to high quality lumber. It is the State Tree of Rhode Island. It is very cold hardy.

Maple is a very popular plant in Japan and a subject for bonsai. Autumn in Japan is celebrated with colorful autumn leaves known as momijigari. The foliage of trees light up the Japanese landscape. Scarlet Japanese maples flash against emerald conifers, this is the beauty of momijigari as you view the spectacular colors of changing leaves.

The maples have long been known to be closely related to the family Sapindaceae.





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Alectryon tomentosus, Hairy alectryon, Woolly rambutan, Hairy bird's eye

Alectryon tomentosus

Hairy alectryon, Woolly rambutan, Hairy bird's eye
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Australia
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeModerate water

The Alectryon tomentosus is a small tree with a red aril and black seeds. It is an attractive plant with pinkish, new growth. They require good drainage and attract birds.





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Allophylus sp., False Currant

Allophylus sp.

False Currant
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Allophylus sp., False Currant
Allophylus sp., False Currant


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Arfeuillea arborescens, Koelreuteria arborescens, Hop Tree

Arfeuillea arborescens, Koelreuteria arborescens

Hop Tree
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Thailand and Laos
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunSemi-shadeUnusual colorFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Arfeuillea arborescens, commonly known as the Hop Tree, is a native plant of Thailand and Laos. It is a large shrub reaching 5 to 10 feet tall and bears an unusual bicolor flower. The flowers appear in the warmer months and have a strong smell that makes them quite attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds.

In terms of planting requirements, the Hop Tree grows best in full sun or semi-shade environments with well-drained soils. It is a hardy plant, particularly suited to USDA Zones 9-11.

When considering the care of the Hop Tree, it is important to ensure that it is kept well-watered throughout the season, especially during times of drought. It will respond well to occasional fertilization, particularly during periods of flowering. Regular pruning may also be beneficial to ensure that the tree remains strong and healthy.

In colder regions where the winter can be intense, growing the Hop Tree in a pot is recommended. In this instance, the pot should be well-drained and the tree should be given extra protection from the elements with mulch during the winter months. A plastic plant pot cover is also recommended to ensure the plant is insulated from the cold.

Overall, the Arfeuillea arborescens is a unique addition to any garden due to its fragrant aroma and unusual bicolor flowers. It needs adequate light and water to remain healthy, as well as occasional pruning and mulching to help it thrive in cold climates. With the right environment, this plant can bring life to any landscape.



Arfeuillea arborescens, Koelreuteria arborescens, Hop Tree
Arfeuillea arborescens, Koelreuteria arborescens, Hop Tree
Arfeuillea arborescens, Koelreuteria arborescens, Hop Tree
Arfeuillea arborescens, Koelreuteria arborescens, Hop Tree


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Arytera divaricata, Nephelium beckleri , Coogera, Rose Tamarind

Arytera divaricata, Nephelium beckleri

Coogera, Rose Tamarind
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Australia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersOrnamental foliageAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Usually a small shrubby tree, but has been seen up to 12ft. It has spectacular flushes of limp reddish new growth which slowly turns pale green as it matures. Fleshy red aril is common in Sapinds, an adaptation to attract fruity-eating birds.





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Blighia sapida, Cupania sapida, Akee, Seso Vegetal, Arbre a Fricasser (Haiti)

Blighia sapida, Cupania sapida

Akee, Seso Vegetal, Arbre a Fricasser (Haiti)
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: West tropical Africa - Gold Coast & Ivory Coast
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapBig tree taller than 20 ftFull sunModerate waterAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Season: May fruit twice a year, heaviest crop in summer. National fruit of Jamaica. Rather large, handsome, fast growing, evergreen tree, may be kept at a reasonable height through regular pruning. When fully mature the fruit opens revealing a crisp, cream colored, glossy aril, somewhat nutty-flavored attached to large, black, shiny seeds. Fruit is poisonous until allowed to open naturally. Makes a very tasty side dish: boil for five minutes and fry in butter. The plant is somewhat hardy to light frost.

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Akee tree, Blighia sapida

Akee - rare fruit tree, hard to find National fruit of Jamaica. Delicious when fried! This showy fruit is a close relative of Lychee, Longan, and Rambutan. The tree is easy in cultivation, fast growing and can be maintained compact. I it is not bugsy or picky about soil/water conditions, and is relatively cold tolerant for being a tropical tree. You can find delicious akee meals only in Jamaican restaurants. But no need to search for it - grow your own tree, it can't be easier. It will start fruiting for you the next season, you don't have to wait long. Sometimes it fruits twice a year! However remember, the fruit is used as a vegetable, and is not eaten raw. It must be picked AT THE RIGHT TIME after the fruit has opened naturally so the flesh is fully exposed to light, otherwise it is poisonous. When the fruit has "yawned", discard the seeds (or better plant them to grow more trees - to share with your friends!). The arils, while still fresh and firm, are best parboiled in salted water or milk and then lightly fried in butter. Then they are really delicious. Just add Bacon to complete your meal! Somewhat cold-hardy once established.
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Cardiospermum corindum, Balloon Vine, Love in a Puff, Heartseed Vine

Cardiospermum corindum

Balloon Vine, Love in a Puff, Heartseed Vine
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Central America, South America
USDA Plant Hardiness MapVine or creeperFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Cardiospermum corindum, Balloon Vine, Love in a Puff, Heartseed Vine
Cardiospermum corindum, Balloon Vine, Love in a Puff, Heartseed Vine
Cardiospermum corindum, Balloon Vine, Love in a Puff, Heartseed Vine
Cardiospermum corindum, Balloon Vine, Love in a Puff, Heartseed Vine


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Cossinia pinnata, Bois de Judas

Cossinia pinnata

Bois de Judas
Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: Mauritius
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Cossinia pinnata, Bois de Judas


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