Carolina Laurel Cherry
Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees
This rich genus includes everything from English laurel to flowering apricots, cherries, peaches, and plums. (For edible varieties, see individual listings for apricot, cherry, peach, plum, and plum hybridss.)
Ornamental species and forms can be divided into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. Evergreen types are used chiefly as hedges, screens, shade trees, street trees. Deciduous flowering trees and shrubs, closely related to the fruit trees mentioned above, are valued for their winter or spring floral display as well as for attractive shape and for foliage form, texture, and sometimes even fall color. Many of these deciduous kinds offer a bonus of edible fruit.Prunus caroliniana
Native from North Carolina to Texas, this upright evergreen can be trained as a shrub that branches densely from the base; it can also serve as a clipped edge or tall screen to 20 ft. high; and it can be sheared into formal shapes. Trained as a tree, it typically grows 20–30 ft. high and 15–25 ft. wide but can reach 40 ft. tall with a 30–40 ft. spread; it also looks attractive grown with multiple trunks.
This plant is thickly clothed in 2–4-in.-long, smooth-edged, glossy green leaves. Small, fragrant creamy white flowers bloom in 1-in. spikes from late winter to midspring; blossoms are followed by black fruit to 1/2–in.wide that is inconspicuous among the leaves, but can be messy on the patio.
Medium-size, very hardy fan palm (to 10°F/°12°C or lower). Moderate to fast growth to 30...
Hardy to 0°F/°18°C, but foliage is damaged by winter cold. Chinese native. Dense, uprigh...
Forms a dense mound of gray-green foliage about 2 ft. tall, with equal or greater width. Flowers are p...