Deciduous, Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries
Form and foliage make these excel as background plantings, especially since the clusters of small flowers are rather inconspicuous. Berries (typically pea size) are enjoyed by birds; volunteer seedlings may be a nuisance.
Native to Europe, western Asia, and north Africa. Grows to 10–12 ft. (possibly 18 ft.) tall and wide. Oval to roundish, glossy dark green leaves to 3 in. long turn yellow in autumn. Berries ripen from red to black.
Native to California, southwest Oregon, and Arizona. Grows to 3–15 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide. Grown near the ocean, plant may have a low, spreading habit; in woodlands, it grows upright. Leaves are 1–3 in. long, variable—shiny or dull, dark green to yellowish green, usually paler on the undersides (some forms have gray, hairy leaf undersides). Berries turn from green to red to black as they ripen. Low-growing, groundcover varieties are available.
These annual and perennial plants are grown as herbal remedies and for culinary use.
All of these odd-looking plants have decorative stems, but those of P. macrocarpus are bare m...
Small genus of plants from sunny, moist areas in South America. Species include a spreading mound and ...