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Enkianthus campanulatus, Redvein Enkianthus

Enkianthus campanulatus

Redvein Enkianthus
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: Japan
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersDeciduous

It's a slow-growing large shrub or small tree that produces clusters of bell-shaped flowers in spring and early summer. Flowers range from creamy white to pink to orange. The dark-green foliage turns a variety of colors in shades of burgundy, red, orange or yellow in autumn.

Enkianthus is hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 5 and grows best in sandy, well-drained soil.

Propagation is typically done from seed, but it's easy to do softwood cuttings too.



Enkianthus campanulatus, Redvein Enkianthus
Enkianthus campanulatus, Redvein Enkianthus


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Ensete lasiocarpum, Musella lasiocarpa, Musa lasiocarpa, Chinese Yellow Banana, Golden Lotus Banana

Ensete lasiocarpum, Musella lasiocarpa, Musa lasiocarpa

Chinese Yellow Banana, Golden Lotus Banana
Family: Musaceae
Origin: China
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterYellow/orange flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Ensete lasiocarpum is a rare variety of ornamental banana from China. It is closely related to bananas, having been once included as a species in both Musa and Ensete. It is native to mountainous areas up to 7,500 feet in elevation in the Yunnan Province in China. It typically grows to 3-5' (6') tall, featuring a conical trunk-like pseudostem, upright paddle-like gray-green leaves and distinctive lotus-like flowers (2-3 per plant) that grow erect from the top of the pseudostem. Gardeners grow this plant for its flowers and for its foliage, both of which lend an exotic and tropical aura to the landscape. Leathery, broad-lanceolate, banana-like leaves typically grow to 1-2' long. Flowers bloom throughout the summer. Each upright inflorescence (8-12" long terminal panicle) consists of a cluster of yellow tubular flowers subtended by broad, stiff, waxy, yellow bracts. Flowers resemble a lotus just prior to flowering, hence the common name of golden lotus banana. Flowers usually first appear in the second year of growth and annually thereafter. Each inflorescence will last for several months (up to as long as 6 months). Flowers are reminiscent of those found on king protea (Protea cynaroides). Flowers are followed by inedible fruit (to 2" long) which often does not appear on plants grown in the northern parts of the growing range. Best grown in groupings so that some plants will be flowering while others are in foliage. These are classic tropical foliage plants. Excellent accents for entrances, decks and patios.

Winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-10 where it can be grown outside year round. A thick winter mulch over the root area is recommended near the northern edge of its growing range. Some experts claim this plant will survive many Zone 6 winters outside if well protected. It is best grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Plants tolerate and often appreciate some part shade or light filtered sun in the heat of the day. Best growth occurs with consistently moist soils that do not dry out. Fertilize plants regularly during the growing season. Site in protected locations to protect leaves from wind damage. For areas north of USDA Zone 7, plants are best grown in containers using a well-drained potting soil mix. Soils should be kept consistently moist but not wet. Bring containers indoors in fall before first frost for overwintering in conservatories or greenhouses. Containers may also be overwintered in a sunny room with reduced soil moisture. Another option is to trim off all leaves in fall and bring containers into a cool frost-free corner of a basement, providing just an occasional touch of moisture in winter to prevent the soils from totally drying out. Detach suckers for developing new plants.





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Musella lasiocarpa - Golden Lotus Banana

Chinese Yellow Banana, Golden Lotus Banana - rare variety of ornamental banana from China. It is closely related to bananas, having been once included as a species in both Musa and Ensete. It typically grows to 3-5' tall, featuring a conical trunk-like pseudostem, upright paddle-like gray-green leaves and distinctive lotus-like flowers (2-3 per plant) that grow erect from the top of the pseudostem. Flowers bloom throughout the summer. Each upright inflorescence (8-12" long terminal panicle) consists of a cluster of yellow tubular flowers subtended by broad, stiff, waxy, yellow bracts. Flowers resemble a lotus just prior to flowering, hence the common name of golden lotus banana.

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Ensete ventricosum, Musa arnoldiana, Musa ensete Maurelii, Red banana, Abyssinian banana, Ethiopian banana

Ensete ventricosum, Musa arnoldiana, Musa ensete Maurelii

Red banana, Abyssinian banana, Ethiopian banana
Family: Musaceae
Origin: Tropical Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This banana-like perennial has large paddle-shaped leaves, which range in color from deep claret brown to red-purple to pale green, produced from the center of the plant, with thick midribs bright red beneath. White flowers are borne in inflorescences 3 to 4 feet long. Fruits are banana-like but dry and unpalatable. Large reddish leaves. Reaches 20 feet or more.

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Ensete ventricosum, Musa arnoldiana, Musa ensete Maurelii, Red banana, Abyssinian banana, Ethiopian banana
Ensete ventricosum, Musa arnoldiana, Musa ensete Maurelii, Red banana, Abyssinian banana, Ethiopian banana
Ensete ventricosum, Musa arnoldiana, Musa ensete Maurelii, Red banana, Abyssinian banana, Ethiopian banana
Ensete ventricosum, Musa arnoldiana, Musa ensete Maurelii, Red banana, Abyssinian banana, Ethiopian banana


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Entada sp., Entada
Entada rheedii seed pod

Entada sp.

Entada
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: pantropical
Large shrub 5-10 ftVine or creeperSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Unknown name

Entada consists of some 30 species of trees, shrubs and lianas.

Entada rheedii (African Dream Herb, Snuff Box Sea Bean) is a large woody liane or climber with tiny yellow-green flowers and extraordinarily large seeds.





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Epacris longifolia, Native Fuchsia, Fuchsia Heath

Epacris longifolia

Native Fuchsia, Fuchsia Heath
Family: Epacridaceae
Origin: Australia
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

E.longifolia is common in moist sandstone gullies around the central coast of New South Wales (Australia). It is typically a fairly straggly shrub comprising several long, arching branches and is usually less than a metre in height. The leaves are small and triangular in shape with a sharp point.

The flowers are narrow and tubular, up to 40mm long and occur along the branches. They contain nectar and are frequented by honey-eating birds. The typical color is red with a white tip but some variations are in cultivation such as a fully white form.

The species should be given a well drained position in semi shade but should not be allowed to dry out.

Propagation of E.longifolia is usually by cuttings of firm current season's growth. Cuttings are probably best placed into individual small pots or tubes to minimise root disturbance.



Epacris longifolia, Native Fuchsia, Fuchsia Heath
Epacris longifolia, Native Fuchsia, Fuchsia Heath


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