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Delonix regia (photo courtesy of Doreen L. Wynja)

Royal Poinciana

Delonix regia

This native of Madagascar, which Hawaiians call ohai’ula, is as flamboyant as it is shapely. Its...

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Royal Trumpet Vine

Distictis ‘Rivers’

Plants sold under this name are nearly a match for Distictis buccinatoria in vigor and foliag...

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Ficus elastica ‘Variegata’ (photo courtesy of Annie & Jean-Claude Malausa/Bios/Photolibrary)

Rubber Tree

Ficus elastica

Native to India and Malaysia. In Hawaii, it is a wide-spreading tree to 60–80 ft. tall (up to 10...

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Rue

Ruta graveolens

Growing to 2–3 ft. tall and wide, with aromatic, ferny-looking blue-green leaves, this native of...

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Rush

Juncus

Rushes somewhat resemble grasses, with leaflike, cylindrical stems and tiny, inconspicuous flowers clu...

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Elaeagnus angustifolia (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

Russian Olive

Elaeagnus angustifolia

Native from Europe to Asia. Grows to 20 ft. high and wide, but can be clipped to make a medium-height ...

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Perovskia atriplicifolia (photo courtesy of Laura Dunkin-Hubby)

Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia

This popular plant is neither a sage, nor is it from Russia. It is an airy-looking but tough plant nat...

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Rustyleaf Fig

Ficus rubiginosa

Native to Australia. Single or multitrunked, densely foliaged tree that grows to 20–50 ft. tall,...

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Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Rutabaga is a tasty turnip relative with large yellowish roots; its leaves are palatable only when ver...

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Rutherfordiana Azalea

Rhododendron (Azalea hybrid - Rutherfordiana)

These bushy, 2–4-ft. plants have handsome foliage and medium-size blossoms that may be single, s...

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Ryegrass

Lolium

These European natives are clumping, not running, grasses. Not considered the choicest lawn grasses, b...

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