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Mahonia aquifolium    OREGON GRAPE    flowers    winter color    closeup of maroon winter color    characteristic orange older leaves    evergreen shrub to 5-6’ tall valued for glossy, divided, toothed leaves and short, narrow spikes of small yellow flowers massed at tops of stems in spring. Clusters of dark blue black berries follow. A bonus with all Mahonias is that a substantial fraction of the leaves turn hot orange, crimson, or red in fall. Great for part or full shade with little or no summer watering, frost hardy. An excellent accent plant in dry shade gardens. Pacific Coast. Berberidaceae.

‘Compacta’    foliage    like the standard form, but to only 2-3’, with a tighter, denser habit and larger, very dark green, leathery leaves. Spreads very slowly by stolons. Flowers and berries are not as showy. The leaves tend to have a dull finish and are somewhat narrow. This variety will eventually fill in to form dense banks of foliage. It is very good as a drought tolerant shade to half sun groundcover but it looks best with at least some summer water and it is a slow grower. rev 1/2010

'Arthur Menzies' seedlings    parent plant   seedlings   this is a popular plant in the Pacific Northwest, considered a faster, larger form of M. lomariifolia. For us the seedlings, which we sell in lieu of the parent, have been bluer and much more compact. All produce stunning flowers, some tinting towards orange, followed by heavy crops of very attractive dark blue berries, and grow with somewhat variable leaves and habits but are essentially all copies of the parent. A cross of M. beali and lomariifolia done by Arthur Menzies of Strybing Arboretum in 1961. Part sun to mostly shade, quite drought tolerant when established. Sunset zones 5-9, 14-24/USDA zone 8.  rev 1/2010 

beali    CHINESE MAHONIA    at Quail Botanic Gardens    fall color on the leaves    a vastly underappreciated and underused foliage plant, mostly supplanted in past years by M. lomariifolia, which offers a slightly better flower show and still wonderful but different foliage. The leaves on this species are much larger (to 18"), with broader leaflets, fewer teeth. In cold or stressed conditions the leaves can become suffused with warm gold, orange, and red tones flushed across the glaucous, normally deep blue green surface. Showy central flower spikes are more relaxed than in M. lomariifolia, enhancing the more casual, interesting appearance of this species. They set a heavy crop of quite ornamental blue black berries. A top notch plant that makes a great foliage or focal point subject. Can take considerable shade or almost full sun. Average drainage, rather drought tolerant when established. China. rev 1/2010

Mammillaria  smaller growing, clumping, mounding to columnar cactus, most very easy to grow, with crowns of flowers usually in spring or summer. Cactaceae. North and Central America. rev 3/2013

backebergiana  young plant  cylindrical stems in a clump grow to a foot or more and lean over to grow along the ground. Rings of red violet flowers come every summer and turn to green fruit. Will take some shade. Likes well drained soil and some water in summer but will deal with the cold better in winter if left dry. Try it in containers or even hanging baskets. Sunset zones 17-24/USDA 10. rev 3/2013-Suzy Brooks

gracilis fragilis   THIMBLE CACTUS   kind spines   a tidy, clumping species with form-fitting white spines that are easy to touch. The nodular branch tips break off and root easily. Pale creamy yellow flowers bloom in late winter and spring. Easy to grow, becoming an ever-wider each  year and reliably forming a nice specimen with age. Sun or part shade, water when dry from spring through fall. USDA zone 9. Central Mexico. *New for 2017!*

geminispina   very nice cluster    now that's nice!  a white-spined clumper that has red fruit ringing the top after magenta flowers have done their job. Sun, good drainage, and a winter rest from water and you can add this beauty to your collection. Sunset zones 21-24/USDA 10. rev 6/2012-Suzy Brooks

melanocentra   4" plant    meaning 'black central spine,' this is a solitary cactus, a blue green, squat grower with characteristic tufts of white furr between the tubercles, eventually reaching 5" tall by 8" wide on old speimens. Gets a ring of bright, deep pink flowers around the top third in the summer, that turn to pink or scarlet fruit. Likes water in the summer, in well drained soil, sun to part shade. From Mexico. Sunset zones 8, 9, 12-24/USDA 9. rev 8/2012-Suzy Brooks 

Mandevilla  vines to scandent shrubs, related to Star Jasmine. All make great container plants. Great choices for a containers with some support. Take sun or part shade, like regular  watering. Protect from cold outside Sunset zones 21-24/USDA 10. Apocynaceae. rev 6/2011

'Fire and Ice' PP23293  flowers and leaves     intense true red flowers are not the only good thing about this shrubby vine; the green, cream, and pink leaves are just as showy. Great choice for placing against that overpriced obelisk you bought online! Or let it spill over a wall, or twine up a mailbox. rev 10/2013 

'Red Fury' PP19698  trumpets  fiery red flowers on glossy leaves that bloom spring through fall. A vining shrub, it can be trained on a trellis, growing to 6' or more, or pruned for shrubbery or in a hanging basket. Regular watering. Find a warm location in coastal areas and protect from cold outside Sunset zones 21-24/USDA 10. rev 7/2012-Suzy Brooks 

SunParasol 'Crimson' PP 15539    flowers    a more vining Dipladenia type, with deep, true red flowers. Easily the best red yet. Leaves are smooth and very glossy. Still tender, but fast and with protection this should do well around the Bay Area and warmer climates. 
SunParasol 'Giant Crimson' PPAF  flowers  an improved red, larger than 'Crimson' but otherwise just as excellent. rev 7/2008 
SunParasol 'Pretty Crimson'
 blooming   can you get any redder? A form with the same striking, intense red flowers but smaller, and with shorter internodes. This makes a superior container plant and doesn't need be grown with support if you trim off the young stems that reach up. If you want vine form, tie those runners up. rev 4/2010
'SunParasol Stars & Stripes'     striped flowers   red flowers with white stripes. An evergreen, vining shrub, growing 6-8' tall, and blooming until cold weather arrives. rev 7/2011

Manfreda maculosa  TEXAS TUBEROSE, RATTLESNAKE AGAVE    nice, spotted lawn    soft, brittle leaves of olive green with faded purple spots in a low growing rosette. White, fragrant flowers appear in summer, then fade to dusky pink. Likes light shade, good drainage, and little watering once established. Good choice for mass plantings, groundcover. No worries about spines, there are none! Texas. Asparagaceae/Agvaceae. rev 3/2015-Suzy Brooks 

Mangave    a hybrid genus, refering to crosses, both natural and by humans, between any Agave and any Manfreda. Does not rhyme with Man-Cave, but it should! One of the hot new intergeneric hybrids, in this case it's all about those spots. rev 6/2016

'Bloodspot'     hybrid spot vigor    broad, soft, blue grey leaves are soft, with a single terminal spine. The "blood spots" develop the most contrast under full or mostly full sun exposure. Stays small and compact, rarely offsetting, and to about 12" tall and wide. Very narrow flower spikes reach 6' or more, bearing dark maroon flowers with very long, extruded, spidery stamens and stigmas. Does well in containers, or in your well-drained dry garden. Sunset zones 8, 9, 12-24/USDA 8. rev 2/2016

'Macho Mocha'    a real good look at those spots   this Yucca-Do intro was a found wild plant, probably a hybrid of an Agave celsii with Manfreda variegata, which genus is itself close enough that it should really be considered just a winter-deciduous Agave. In favored climates (warm to hot summers) and favored sites (no snails) it supposedly can reach 6' across, but we've only seen it to about 4'. The soft, greyish green leaves are tantalizingly spotted with purple brown, often heavily enough to suggest it's "chocolate" name. Flower stalks are very thin but strong, reach over 6' tall, and bear short-tube flowers that extrude long, spidery stamens and stigmas. Sun to part shade, average to good drainage, remember about those snails, should be hardy to around 10F at least. Mexico. rev 6/2016 *New for 2016!*

Matteucia orientalis  ASIAN OSTRICH FERN  at UC Berkeley Botanic Garden  reverse view   I spotted this wonderful fern growing in a naturalistic setting while I was wandering through the Asian section at UC Berkeley Botanic Garden. It mistook it for a native fern. It is quite attractive, being dark green, of moderate size (24-30" tall by 4-5' across),  with a neat, attractive, clean apearance, and broad, generous fronds. I finally found a source and I am glad to be able to offer a crop. This would make a good addition for any garden where you want to evoke a formal or woodland feeling. It is outstanding under trees or along streams, ponds, etc. as well as in containers. Under long day conditions it produces fertile fronds, blackish, narrow, spike-like things clustered in the center of the rosette, that are quite attractive and ornamental. This is a very frost hardy plant, deciduous for a couple of months in winter, emerging about mid March. It clusters but doesn't really run in our climates, gets larger and more imposing with age, and is just generally a very satisfying fern. This is a hot plant! This is a collector's item. I am guessing Sunset zones 4 (or lower)-9, 14-17, 21-24/USDA zone 7 or lower. Polypodiaceae.China, Japan. rev 9/2009

Maytenus boaria ‘Green Showers’    MAYTENS TREE    shopping center landscape    Pacific Grove    neat weeping evergreen tree to 30’ tall and wide. A clonal variety introduced by Saratoga Horticultural Research Foundation, it offers dense, bright green foliage. Unlike seedling crops, plantings of this uniform, cutting grown, clonal variety have a lush, uniform look in the landscape. Offered as single stem or multistem. Chile. Celastraceae.

Mazus radicans   up close and personal      little, olive green leaves with darker markings spread along the ground in rich, moist soil and host white and  blue flowers in summer. Takes some foot traffic, especially if planted between stepping stones. Nice groundcover for large containers or any well-drained spot with sun or part shade. Less than 6" tall. Sunset zones 1-9, 14-24/USDA 5. rev 7/2014 

Melaleuca incana      GREY HONEY MRYTLE  very soft branchlets  a re-intro, do you remember this very soft-looking, soft-feeling, large-spreading, very grey and fine-textured evergreen shrub or small tree  6-10' tall and wide? We grew it back in the early '90's, we think it's appeal has grown lately. Pale creamy yellow flowers in very short spikes appear near the branch tips in late winter. Sun or light, very little summer water when established. It is hit hard by freezes below 25F but recovers quickly with long plumes of superior-quality, especially nice juvenile foliage. Focal point plantings, screens, hedges. USDA zone 9/Sunset zones 9, 15-17, 21-24. Australia. Myrtaceae. rev 6/2015 

Melianthus major  HONEYBUSH   foliage plant!   a stunning foliage plant, with bold, glaucous, grey green serrated leaves, and tall, rich reddish brown flower spikes appearing in late winter and spring. Sun to part shade, grows quickly to 6-12" tall, 8-10' wide, upright to sprawling. USDA zone 7 (deciduous)/Sunset 8-9, 12-24. South Africa. Melianthaceae. rev 7/2015 

Michelia crassipes    flowers and foliage    closeup    somewhat like M. figo, and sometimes listed as a variety of that species, with larger leaves that are much darker green and finely quilted with veins, and with much larger, open, creamy white flowers to 3" across that are showy but barely fragrant, having a faint lemony scent somewhat like that of Magnolia grandiflora. An open to eventually moderately dense spreading evergreen shrub to about 10-15' tall, blooming over a very long period. Sun to part shade, rich, moist soil, average to very infrequent summer watering. USDA zone 8, Sunset zones 5, 8-9, 14-24. China. Magnoliaceae. rev 6/2005

doltsopa    closeup    grafted tree habit, full sun    indumentum    blooming seedling, typical growth habit    evergreen tree to 30’ or more. Habit is narrow and conical when grown from cuttings or seed or grafted onto its own root, but is often much more compact and rounded when grafted on  Magnolia grandiflora. It tends to grow as a cluster of vertical trunks rather than as a single-trunked specimen. Dark green leaves grow to 8" long, 4" wide. They are usually covered with a beautiful dense, shiny dark brown indumentum when mature, as are the young branches, leaf sheaths, and flower buds. Globe shaped flowers appear beginning from December through March, depending on the strain, climate, and season, and bloom can last for up to three months. The blossoms are creamy white, to 4" across, and exude a powerful, complex fragrance, lemony with elements of peppermint and musk, similar to  M. grandiflora. Prefers part to full sun (cool areas), shaded, moist roots, and frost not much below 25°F, although it survived 20°F without damage to stems or leaves. Himalayas. USDA 9/ Sunset zones 14-24. rev 10/2014. rev 10/2014

'Silver Cloud'   February flowers   buds with indumentum    Strybing, above Dwarf Conifer Garden     another venerable Strybing tree    young grafted tree     Huntington patriarch   the same tree you've swooned over at Strybing for years. This grafted selection grows as a small, compact evergreen tree with handsome, large, very dark green leaves, shows a light but distinctive indumentum beneath, then produces large, showy, classy buds heavily coated with coppery indumentum in fall and winter. Large rounded to open, creamy white flowers make a very heavy show for about a month, usually starting January or early February. They are heavily scented, to the point of being detectable well away from the plant, with an intense, lemony musky fragrance quite similar to that of Magnolia grandiflora. These grafted plants have already bloomed, and will produce shorter, rounder and more compact trees than seedlings, which put 5-7 years into fast vertical growth before maturing and starting to flower. Supposedly this species perfers cooler summers but those at The Huntington (Pasadena area, east LA) were looking pretty darned good last time I saw them. Estimate 15' x 15' as a finished height within a reasonable time, likes at least average drainage and regular to infrequent summer watering. Makes a surprisingly good, long term large container plant if sun is kept off the roots. USDA 9/ Sunset zones 14-24. rev 10/2014 

figo
   BANANA SHRUB    closeup    usual size, at my old house    the biggest plant I know of, Lincoln Street    evergreen shrub or small tree to 15’ tall and wide with bright green camellia-like foliage and small, cream and maroon magnolia flowers with an intense, sharp tutti fruiti  fragrance that seems detectable by everyone. Sun to part shade, average to little summer watering. Plants can be fast, reaching 6-8’ in 2 years. Neat, rather formal appearance and strong fragrance make it a natural for use near doorways and entries. Took 20°F with minimal damage. This plant has recently been affected by a strain of downy mildew, at least in cool coastal locations. China.

‘Port Wine’    a selection with darker maroon flowers. Doesn't seem to be quite as fragrant.

Microlepia strigosa    LACE FERN    soft, blue green fronds    nicest patch I know of, at Strybing Arboretum    a fast growing evergreen fern to 3’ tall, spreading slowly by underground runners. Triangular fronds are tripinnate (divided many times) with a soft, fine texture. While reportedly drought tolerant, this fern is best used in shade with average watering and fertilizing, where it can form large, lush, dense banks of soft blue green foliage highlighted by chartreuse frond margins and new growth. When well grown it looks so nice you just want to lay down and roll in it. Probably damaged below 25°F. Part shade to shade, average to little summer watering. Eastern Asia. Polypodiaceae. rev 10/2010

'mcfaddeniae'  MACFADDEN'S LACE FERN  fronds   this form is distinctly different from the regular Lace Fern in that the leaflets are reduced to minute, round blades strung along the petiole. It forms a dense clump with fountains of fronds that arch over and droop. 12-24" tall, evergreen in mild areas, deciduous in zone 7 or less, holding on to leaves till late in fall. Part shade or shade, regular watering. Sunset zones  6-9, 14-24/USDA 6. rev 6/2012-Suzy Brooks

Mimulus (Diplacus) 'Jelly Bean' series   Dark Pink    Gold    Orange   Red    mix   Fiesta Marigold    this is the late, great Rich Pershoff's mind-blowing Jelly Bean Mimulus (Diplacus)line. Flowers are freely produced from spring well into fall. Pacific Plug and Liner, a local plug grower and Spring Trials host, maintained around their entrance for several years a few very large combo pots containing many of Rich's varieties. None ever dropped out, or as far as I can remember, even stopped blooming. In fact they all just got bigger and better every year until those pots were replaced. Rich's breeding results are a great example of what can happen with finely directed domestication selection. Simply by breeding successive generations of the last few remaining plants in each seedling block he was able to progressively to reduce or eliminate most production and garden problem, such as rotting out, sticky leaves that hold onto debris, extreme branch brittleness, foliage problems from overhead watering, etc. These Jelly Beans are all really grower- and gardener-friendly, they are reliably showy, and hummingbirds adore them. About 18" tall and wide, give them sun, good to average drainage, and average to very little summer watering. USDA zone 8/Sunset zones 7-9, 14-24. California native species alone were used to create these hybrids. Phyrmaceae or Scrophulariaceae. rev 10/2016  

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Yaku Jima’    DWARF MAIDEN GRASS    deciduous grass to 3-4’ tall bears short, compact feathery flower spikes followed by curved seed heads. The flower stalks are held above the foliage in a very vertical manner, the seed heads are retained well into winter or the following spring. One of the main reasons this one is used is because of its small scale relative to many other varieties of Maiden Grass. Sun to part shade, average to little summer watering, frost hardy. Eastern Asia. Graminae/Poaceae.

'Cabaret'    foliage detail    bold creamy white vertical stripes. In its purest form it exhibits a broad central white stripe and only a very thin of green midrib, and thin green leaf margins. However this usually drifts to some degree, becoming a series of parallel lines, and eventually it transforms itself into 'Cosmopolitan' if you don't rogue out the reversions. Rather wide leaves to 1 1/2" across, vigorous growth to 6' or more. Leaves are moderately arching in habit. rev 8/2006
‘Cosmopolitan’
   garden    full size    leaves    wall    a large scale, large textured variegated form, with leaves to over 11/2" across, 3' long, and growing to over 6' counting flower spikes. This plant can be used as a Phormium analogue in landscapes. The leaves tend to have variegated margins and usually show about 50% or more of their surface as white. rev 4/2005.
‘Morning Light’
   nice clump    Frontierland    an interesting vertically variegated form, this one recognized by its ultra thin greyish leaves which have white leaf margins plus a central white stripe. The overall effect is of a frosty, light, almost grey green, wispy clump. To 4'.
'Yaku Jima'    clump    very dwarf, to about 24-36", very fine. rev 8/2005
‘Zebrinus’    foliage    the best horizontally variegated variety? Slower growing than ‘Strictus,’ but with a much more relaxed look and nicer color contrast. To about 4', with broad green leaves marked with pairs of creamy yellow slashes, somewhat like chevrons. This is a fantastic container plant, especially in burgundy, green or dark blue glazed pots. rev 4/2005

transmorissonensis    EVERGREEN MISCANTHUS    backlit, Mills Garden    forelit, Mills Garden    a moderate size, large textured clumping evergreen grass to 4’ tall, 5’ wide. Flower stalks reach 5-6’ tall, appear in late spring and last through summer. The flower/seed heads are rather robust and are held erect. Wide green leaves have a distinctive whitish central vein. This plant does a lot of what Pampas Grass does without actually being Pampas Grass. It doesn't get too big, has a nicer overall, shinier look, doesn't seed itself all over creation, and doesn't cut you like a knife when you get near it. But it is big and moves nicely in the wind. Surprisingly, Art Cameron of MSU informs me this plant is hardy and reliable in Michigan, resprouting readily from the roots after winter. Taiwan. rev 5/2005

Muehlenbeckia axillaris       full bud and bloom    bright green mat to about 6-12" tall that spreads relatively slowly by underground stolons. This is a much more compact, well behaved, polite relative of the attractive but hyperactive Wire Vine, M. complexa. It is pretty hardy, but will be deciduous in areas with harder winters. Flowers are almost unnoticeable. Sun to mostly shade, average to occasional summer watering. New Zealand. Polygonaceae.

'Tricolor'  faint variegation   when fully variegated, quite pink and quite slow. Mostly it is half-variegated and moderately slow. Same habit, but smaller due to lower vigor. Must be watched to rogue out reversions. rev 9/2010

compressa    MATTRESS PLANT, CREEPING WIRE VINE    with Chiqa   dense, mounding, scrambling ground cover native to near coastal strand habitats in New Zealand. Fast, aggressive, but useful and striking in many applications as well as being useful for covering old cars and blue tarps. Sun to part shade, infrequent watering when established. Sunset zones 8-9, 14-24/USDA zone 9. rev 1/2008 

Muhlenbergia    clumping perennial grasses, evergreen to facultatively deciduous, large scale. Mostly great ornamentals. Graminae/Poaceae. rev 6/2006

capillaris   PINK MUHLY GRASS   modest flower display     nice foliage at UC Davis   fine textured grey green foliage then quite airy plumes of pinkish flowers appear like a mist over the clumps in late spring. Very drought tolerant, but doesn't bloom well in cool summer areas. Sun, infrequent watering. Sunset zones 3-9, 12-24/USDA zone 6. rev 11/2012

lindheimerii    TEXAS MUHLY, GULF COAST MUHLY    at Sierra Azul Nursery    at UC Berkeley    this is a Texan version of our own familiar Deer Grass, but with a wider, bluer grey leaf and a more open, airy display of the flower stalks. The stalks themselves are tinged purple when blooming then are retained and age to silver by late summer. It is also lower and a little more garden tolerant, coming from a region with summer rainfall. Think of it as a Helictotrichon scaled up. It makes a great focal point plant and can also be used as a massed groundcover. It looks great with boulders. Sierra Azul Nursery has a couple of good examples in their demonstration garden. To about 3' tall, taller when blooming, 4' across, drought tolerant when established. Sun to part shade, best in soils of at least average drainage. Sunset zones 5-24/USDA zone 7. rev 6/2006 

rigens    DEER GRASS    habit    this clumping native perennial grass bears very thin, arching grey green leaves to 3' long. Stiffly erect, very thin flower stalks appear in late spring and last through winter. It is one of our most distinctive native grasses, probably the largest, and looks great near large rocks or planted in groups or even en masse. The old seed stalks remain as ornamental features long after the seed has scattered. Sun to part shade, little or no summer watering when established. Very frost hardy. California. rev 10/2003

Musa, ornamental species and varieties (edible varieties are described under Banana)    dwarf (under 3') to absolutely gi-normous (50'+, in the case of the stupendous M. ingens from New Guinea) evergreen tropical and subtropical perennials, grown for their irreplaceable tropical effect, dramatic foliage and often quite showy flowers. All pup before or after flowering and continue to grow a carpet of roots and pseudotrunks that form what is known as a "mat." Some will freeze down but survive considerable frost, and are grown as deciduous perennials as far north as Seattle and the upper-central Midwest. Southeast Asia. Musaceae. rev 7/2015

'Bordelon'    why you grow it    foliage closeup     translucent foliage    found in Bordelonville, Louisiana. This variety is an ornamental of supposed edible banana parentage to some degree, but its origin is circumspect and it is assumed to be a hybrid. It may be a cross with the very red-striped variety known in the trade as Sumatran Banana, M. acuminata ‘Zebrina,’ AKA M. sumatrana, AKA M. ‘Rojo,’ a notoriously slow, difficult, frost tender and somewhat cold sensitive plant even for Southern California. ‘Bordelon’ has green leaves striped with burgundy, and burgundy undersides. It is supposed to be a good cool grower and should be a great, more dependable substitute for Sumatran Banana. rev 9/2007

basjoo    JAPANESE FIBER BANANA    in Portland    mature mat in spring, Richard Josephson's, Santa Cruz    flower and fruit spike    wonderful columnar trunks at Strybing Arboretum    a hardy (zone 5-6) banana, probably THE most cold hardy banana species. This species will survive snow and great amounts of cold, acting as a giant deciduous perennial. Unlike most other bananas, the foliage can take down to freezing or even slightly below without damage. Its trunks are know to take mid twenties before beginning to freeze down. In fact, one grower I know in the Pacific Northwest summed it up when he said “If it isn't freezing, it's growing.” It will reach 8-12' tall in one growing season with enough heat, water, and fertilizer, and can go close to 20' at maturity. In mild climates, it will overwinter and the stands look much like any other banana. While leaves will survive light frosts, they tend to get badly tattered during winter storms, and plants are probably best at least partially cut back early in spring in most situations. Like most bananas, it probably forms its flower stalk the first year and it emerges and continues the reproductive cycle the second year. If it doesn't freeze down, you may see typical banana flowers and small, seedy, essentially inedible fruit. All bananas seem to appreciate a warm situation, and if you are in the cool coastal belts, you should site this plant so it receives at least some direct sunlight in winter. This species will reportedly take 0°F without protection and -20°F with thick mulch. But unless you are in a very cold area where this species' extreme hardiness will be of value, why not try one of the fruiting types, which will look as good or better and may reward you with fruit as well? This species is actually not the real “Japanese Fiber Banana,” M. balbisiana is. And it is not really from Japan, it is from China. In fact, no bananas are truly native to Japan; even M. balbisiana is an introduced species there. rev 5/2003

sumatrana 'Zebrinus'    young plant    also sold as Musa 'Rojo' and Musa zebrinus, this is a tender subtropical variety that is slow and cranky under the best conditions, even in Southern California. Give it your warmest, most protected spot and it will do pretty well, but expect to lose it in protracted, cold, wet winters. Even if it doesn't die it can languish in cold or shady conditions and emerge with new growth quite late in spring. Its best application is probably in a container, where it can be moved to its most seasonally advantageous situation and protected from the worst a cold winter has to offer. Its leaves are the best of any currently available banana, being a deep, tropical olive green splashed with intense maroon, even on the older growth. Even if you have to replace it every few years it is unparalleled at making a tropical statement in a landscape. It is normally small-statured, under 10' tall and with only a few psuedotrunks. rev 8/2007 

Musella lasiocarpa    CHINESE YELLOW BANANA, ROCK BANANA, “YELLOW LOTUS EMERGING FROM THE MOTHER EARTH” BANANA    amazing 14" flower    blue leaves, clumping habit    silver raindrops    nursery plants, cut back and dormant in winter