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Common Name | Botanical Name

Boxleaf Azara

Azara microphylla

Best-known species. Grows slowly in youth, faster once established. Typically reaches 12–18 ft. ...

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Boxleaf Hebe

Hebe odora

Rounded and symmetrical, to an eventual 3 ft. high and 5 ft. wide; easily shaped into a 3-ft. hedge. S...

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Buxus (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

Boxwood

Buxus

Boxwood is widely used for edging and hedging. When not clipped, most are soft and billowing. Inconspi...

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Boysenberry

Blackberry, ‘Boysen’

Propagated from a plant collected at the abandoned farm of Rudolph Boysen in 1923, this fruit put Knot...

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Boysenberry

Blackberry, ‘Boysen’ (‘Nectar’)

Trailing, thorny canes can grow 10 ft. in a season, but are commonly controlled by pruning and trellis...

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Pteridium aquilinum (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)

Bracken

Pteridium aquilinum

Usually colonizing open forest or disturbed areas, bracken has big, triangular fronds that rise on 2&n...

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Brake

Pteris

Native to the subtropics and tropics, Pteris includes many small evergreens that are used in ...

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Bramble

Rubus

Though best known for blackberries and raspberries (see those entries for information about edibles), ...

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Brandegee Sage

Salvia brandegeei

Evergreen shrub, native to Santa Rosa Island and coastal Baja California. Sprawling plant to 4–5...

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Braun’s Holly Fern

Polystichum braunii

Native to the northern latitudes of America and Asia. Grows to 1–3 ft. tall and wide. New growth...

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Brazilian Butterfly Tree

Bauhinia forficata

Native to Brazil. Probably the hardiest bauhinia. Often with twisting, leaning trunk and picturesque a...

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Brazilian Pepper Tree

Schinus terebinthifolius

Native to Brazil; naturalized in Hawaii. Moderate growth to 30 ft. tall and wide; train to single or m...

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