Colleen Johnsen's California Plants
Class #63: Plant Materials And Design B, Lab #3

Class #63: Plant Materials And Design B, Lab #3


Botanical Name: Camellia Japonica
Botanical Pronunciation: KAH-meal-ee-ah jah-PAWN-eh-ka
Common Name: Japanese Camellia
Family Name: Theaceae
Diseases: Petal blight (control) remove all fallen blossoms, mulch 2-5", keep fungus down.
Flower: Round rose/anemone form in white, pink, red or yellow about 2-5" in Oct,-May.
Growth: 20' heigh x 10'+ spread, slow growth.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees, container plant, cut flowers, deer proof, espalier, hedge, lawn tree, screen, seacoast, shrub and specimen plant.
Light: Part sun to shade on the coast and shade inland.
Location: Near demo garden.
Pest: Aphids (control) increase fert. and water.
Problems: Excess litter.
Propagation: Cutting, seeds and grafting.
Pruning: Dead head flowers after flowering and prune as desired.
Tolerance: Deer, drought after 10 years along coast, lawn irrgation and seacoast
Type: Broadleaf evergreen shrub that is dense, oval, round, spreading and upright.
Water: Moderate to dry between.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 10-15 degrees.
Sunset zones: 4-9, 14-24.
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Botanical Name: Magnolia soulangeana
Botanical Pronunciation: mag-KNOLL-ee-ahh sue-lawngee-ON-uh
Common Name: Saucer Magnolia
Family Name: Magnoliaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: White-pinkinside tupip shaped 6" X 6" in mid winter - early spring that is fragrant.
Growth: 25-30'heigh x 25'spread, slow growth.
Landscape Use: Container plant, deer proof, espalier, lawn tree, shade tree, grove and specimen plant.
Light: Sun to shade on the coast and inland.
Location: Soquel Nursery & Sesnon House front door.
Pest: Aphids and spider mites (control) incrase water and fertilizer.
Problems: Drain clogger and excess litter.
Propagation: By cuttings and grafting.
Pruning: None required for several years but do as desired.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insect, lawn irrigation, and neglect. No sea coast and no winds.
Type: Deciduous tree that is dense or open, semi-open, spreading and upright.
Water: Ample moist to moderate.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 0 degrees.
Sunset zones: 2-10, 12-24.
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Botanical Name: Podocarpus henkelii/gracillor
Botanical Pronunciation: poe-doe-CAR-puss HENK-ull-i
Common Name: Fern Pine & Yellowwood
Family Name: Podocarpaceae
Native Location: South Africa
Diseases: None.
Flower: Insignificant.
Growth: 50-60' x 40' slow growth.
Landscape Use: Background, container plant, deer proof, espalier, hedge, lawn tree, screen, seacoast, shade plant and shrub mass.
Light: Sun to shade on coast.
Location: Demo garden
Pest: Aphids and scale to control increase water, fertilize, remove affected pars, and spray with oil.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings and seed.
Pruning: Remove dead limbs tip prune as needed and will tolerate shearing as desired to shape.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insect, lawn irragation, poor drainage and smog.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen tree or shrub.
Water: Modersate to monthly.
California Native: No
Description: MENTIONED PLANT
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Botanical Name: Garrya elliptica *
Botanical Pronunciation: GARE-ee-ah ee-LIP-the-kah
Common Name: Coast Silktassel
Family Name: Garryaceae
Diseases: Crown rot (control) move. Fungal leaf spot (control) wet winter?
Flower: Insignificant.
Growth: 10-20'heigh x 10-20'spread, average growth to fast.
Landscape Use: Background, container plant, deer proof, espalier (informal), hedge(unusual), lawn tree, screen, seacoast, shade plant and shrub mass.
Light: Sun to part shade on the coast and inland.
Location: Along entry road.
Pest: Aphids to control increase water and fertilize, Scale to control with oil spray.
Problems: None.
Propagation: Bt cuttings and seed.
Pruning: Remove dead limbs, tip prune as needed and will tolerate shearing as desired to shape.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insects, lawn irrigation, neglect, poor drainage and smog.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen shrub.
Water: Dry between to none in summer,
California Native: Yes
Description: Hardy to 10-15 degrees.
Sunset zones: 4-0, 12-24.
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Botanical Name: Festuca rubra
Botanical Pronunciation: Fess-TWO-kah RUBA--rah
Common Name: Red Fescue
Family Name: Poaceae
Diseases: None
Flower: Long panicle in May to June.
Growth: Fast.
Landscape Use: Fire retardant, ground cover and in a meadow.
Light: On the coast sun to part sun and inland part sun.
Location: Hort. center entry meadow grasses.
Pest: None.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By seed.
Pruning: Cut to the ground yearly.
Tolerance: Drought, winds, sea coast, deer and lawn irrigation.
Type: Deciduous summer grass that is dense, fine and mat forming.
Water: Monthly to keep green.
California Native: Yes
Description: Soft mounding fine texture grass for meadows.

Hardy to 10 degrees.

Sunset zones A2-A3, 1-10, 14-24
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Botanical Name: Magnolia stellata
Botanical Pronunciation: mag-KNOOL-ee-ah stuh-LOT-uh
Common Name: Star Magnolia
Family Name: Magnoliaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: White - pink stellar, 12-18 segments 3'-4' in Feb. - April
Growth: 8-10' heigh x 10-15' spread, slow growing.
Landscape Use: Container plant, deer resistant, lawn tree, grove tree and specimen plant.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland.
Location: Right side of driveway.
Pest: Scale (control) increase water and use hort. oil.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Remove dead limbs and as desired to shape.
Tolerance: Deer, heat, insect lawn irrigation and neglect.
Type: Deciduous/dies down shrub or tree that is semi-open round, spreading, upright and picturesque.
Water: Ample.
California Native: No

Botanical Name: Ceanothus x 'Ray Hartman'
Botanical Pronunciation: see-ah-know-thus
Common Name: Ray Hartman Ceanothus
Family Name: Rhamnaceae
Diseases: Crown rot in wet soils (control) move.
Flower: Open compound panicle in pink buds to light blue flowers in March to May.
Growth: 15-20' heigh x 12-15'spread, fast in youth.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees, espalier, screen and speciman plant.
Light: Sun both on coast and inland.
Location: Soquel Nursery Growers.
Pest: None.
Problems: Short lived in gardens.
Propagation: Cuttings.
Pruning: None required but after bloom to shape.
Tolerance: Drought, insects and neglect.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen tree in a semi-open oval shape.
Water: Only to established.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 15 degrees.
Sunset zones: 5-9, 14-24.

Botanical Name: Teucrium x lucridrys
Botanical Pronunciation: TWO-kree-uhm- LOOSE-eh-drez
Common Name: Germander
Family Name: Lamiaceae
Diseases: Possible decline in dense soil.
Flower: Pink to purple spikes of 2 lipped 1/8" each x 3x1'spk in the summer.
Growth: 12-15" heigh x 1-2' spread, average growth.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees/birds. bank cover, deer resistant, fire retardant, ground cover, rock garden and on the seacaost.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland to part sun inland.
Location: Demo garden planter.
Pest: None.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Tip prune as needed.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, neglect, seacoast and winds.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen herbaceous groundcover.
Water: Monthly/Dry season
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 0-15 degree.
Sunset zones: 2-24.

Botanical Name: Helichrysum petiolare
Botanical Pronunciation: hell-eh-KRY-some pet-e-o-LAR-a
Common Name: Licorice Plant
Family Name: Asteraceae
Diseases: Fungal leaf spot (control) prune to remove and avoid overhead water.
Flower: Tan, creamy yellow clusters of tiny daisy-like flowers 1/8" in the summer.
Growth: Fast in youth 1 1/2-3' x 4- 6'
Landscape Use: As a bank cover, container plant, ground cover, hanging basket, fire retardant, that is deer proff.
Light: Sun to part sun on the coast and inland.
Location: Baskin Children's Center & Soquel Nursery Growers.
Pest: Spider mites (control) increase watering.
Problems: Invasive rooted stems.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Tip prune as needed but will tolerate shearing.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, insect/disease resistant, neglect, seacoast and winds.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen herbaceous perennial vine or subshrub.
Water: Monthly/Dry season.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 20-25 degrees.
Sunset zones: 16, 17, 22-24.