Palms and cycads
Neither ferns nor palms, these evergreen plants are primitive, cone-bearing relatives of conifers, excellent for tropical effects. A rosette of dark green, feathery leaves grows from a central point at the top of a single trunk (sometimes several trunks). Eventually as wide as tall. Female plants bear conspicuous, egg-shaped, red to orange seeds.
Native to Japan. As a 2 to 3-ft. tall youngster, has an airy, fernlike appearance; with age (grows very slowly to as high as 10 ft.), looks more like a palm. Leaves are 2 to 3 ft. long (larger on very old plants), divided into many narrow, leathery segments. Tough, tolerant house or patio plant; also good subject for bonsai.
Native to southwestern U.S., Mexico. Rapid growth at first, then slowing; eventually reaches 15 to 30 ...
From China. Though this loquat produces edible fruit, it’s most often used as an ornamental. Gro...
Grows 5 ft. high and wide, with small (1/2-in.), silvery leaves and a good show of 1/2- to 1-in.-wide,...