Colleen Johnsen's California Plants
Class #63: Plant Materials And Design B, Lab #2

Class #63: Plant Materials And Design B, Lab #2


Botanical Name: Tagetes lemmonii
Botanical Pronunciation: tah-GEE-tees le-mown-ee-i
Common Name: Mexican Marigold
Family Name: Asteraceae
Diseases: None
Flower: Yellow-orage daisy that is 1-1 1/4' dia. in late fall to spring with fragrant leaves.
Growth: 3-6'height x 4-6 ' spread, fast growing.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees, attracts butterflies, bank cover, container plant, deer proof, erosion control, rock gardens, seacoast and shrub mass.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland.
Location: Northwest 600 building.
Pest: None.
Problems: Weak wooded, short lives in gardens 10 years and reseeds.
Propagation: By cuttings and seeds.
Pruning: Mid spring, cut back every 2-3 years or radically every year.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insects, neglect seacoast, smog/dust and winds.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen woody perennial shrub that is dense with yearly pruning, round, semi-open, spreading and upright.
Water: Moderate to none in summer.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 23 degrees.
Sunset zones: 8-10, 12-24.
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Botanical Name: Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa'
Botanical Pronunciation: yew-NIP-er-uss chai-NEN-sis 'tor-yew-LOS-eh'
Common Name: Twisted Hollywood Juniper
Family Name: Cupressaceae
Diseases: Twig blight (control) copper spray. Root rot (control) stop watering.
Flower: Insignificant.
Growth: 15-25' heigh x 8-10' spread, slow growing.
Landscape Use: Backgroung, deer proof, espalier, hedge (unusual), rock garden, screen, shrub mass, street tree and wind break.
Light: Sun to shade on coast and inland.
Location: South of 450, West side of forum.
Pest: Red spiders (control) increase watering & twig borers (control) prune and destroy affected areas.
Problems: Can be a fire hazard and skin rashes.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Thin branches to form to your liking.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, neglect, seacoast, smog/dust and winds.
Type: Conifer tree or shrub that is dense, open (pruned) picturesque, spreading and upright.
Water: Dry between, none in summer.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 0 degrees.
Sunset zones: 1-24,H1, H2.
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Botanical Name: Viburnum tinus ' Spring Bouquet'
Botanical Pronunciation: vy-BURN-uhm TIE-nuss
Common Name: Laurustinus Caprifoliaceae
Family Name: Caprifoliaceae
Diseases: Mildew (control) more sun, better air circulation.
Flower: Rosy res/white umbels, star shaped clusters 3" in january to march.
Growth: 6- 12' heigh X 3-6' spread that is fast to average growth.
Landscape Use: Atrracts birds, attracts butterflies, cut/dried flowers, deer resistant, hedge, screen and shrub mass.
Light: Sun to shade on coast and inland.
Location: South side of Administration Building.
Pest: Red spiders, thrips, & aphids.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: After blooming as desired and will tolerate shearing.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, lawn irrigation, neglect but with irrigation.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen shrub that in dense, oval, spreading and upright.
Water: Moderate.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 5 degrees.
Sunset zones: 4-10, 14-24,
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Botanical Name: Tecoma capensis
Botanical Pronunciation: tech-oh- MARE-ee-ah kah-PEN-sis
Common Name: Cape Honeysuckle
Family Name: Bignoniaceae
Diseases: Leaf spot (control) horticulture oil, copper spray, limit water.
Flower: Orange tubular, trumpet shapes 2" X 1/2" in Oct.-Feb.
Growth: 15-30' heigh x 10-15' spread, fast growth.
Landscape Use: Attracts birds, background back cover, container plant, espalier, hedge, screen, seacoast, and vine with lots of pruning.
Light: Sun to part shade on the coast.
Location: In front of theater.
Pest: Aphids and scale (control) fertilize and increase water.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings, layering, seeds and rooted stems.
Pruning: Spring, to control or shape.
Tolerance: Drought, heat, neglect, seacoast and winds.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen vine.
Water: Dry between.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 20-22 degrees.
Sunset zones 12-17, 20-24, H1, H2.
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Botanical Name: Teucrium fruticans
Botanical Pronunciation: TWO-kree-uhm / FRUIT-eh-kans
Common Name: Bush Germander
Family Name: Lamiaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: Pale blue-lavender-deep blue 5 Pedel 3/4-1" dia. teardrop with fragrant leaves.
Growth: 40-8'heigh x 4-8'spread, slow to average growth.
Landscape Use: As background, bank cover, container plant, to attract bird/bees, informal hedge, rock garden, screen, on the sea coast and shrub mass.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland.
Location: West of LRC.
Pest: None.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings and seeds.
Pruning: As desired in late winter and early spring, thin/cut back every 3 yewars or so.
Tolerance: Drought, deer, wind, sea coast, heat, insect or disease resistant and neglect.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen shrub that is dense round, spreading and upright.
Water: Monthly.
California Native: No
Description: Medium scale gray leaf loose shrub with sage like flower.
Hardy to 0 degrees.
Sunset zones: 4-24.
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Botanical Name: Myrica californica
Botanical Pronunciation: my-rick-ah californica
Common Name: Pacific Wax Myrtle
Family Name: Myricaceae
Native Location: Native to coast and coastal valkeys, Southern California to Washington.
Diseases: None
Flower: Green, purple unisexual catkins 1/2" X 1/2-3/4" in the spring.
Growth: 15-25' height X 8-15' spread.
Landscape Use: Attracts birds, background, bank cover, hedge, Pond/stream, restoration, screen, seacoast, shade plant, shrub mass and windbreak.
Light: Sun to shade on the coast and part sun to shade inland.
Location: Nursing Bldg, 1550 north side & Hort. entry landscape.
Pest: Thrip (control) acidify soil, more shade. Red spider mites & scale (control) increase water, prune out.
Problems: Maybe fire hazard.
Propagation: By cuttings and seeds.
Pruning: Tolerates shearing radically to invigorate.
Tolerance: Lawn irrigation, seacoast and winds.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen shrub/tree that is dense, oval, semi-open in shade, spreading and upright.
Water: Ample to monthly/ dry season.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 15 degrees.
Sunset zones: 4-9, 14-24.
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