Colleen Johnsen's California Plants
Class #63: Plant Materials And Design B, Lab #8

Class #63: Plant Materials And Design B, Lab #8


Botanical Name: Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'
Botanical Pronunciation: say-druss dee-oh-DAR-ah
Common Name: Blue Atlas Cedar
Family Name: Pinaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: Insignificant has cones that look like a beehive in light brown.
Growth: 50-70' heigh x 30-40' spread, slow growth.
Landscape Use: Deer proof, lawn tree, specimen plant, parks/campuses and large commerial use.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland.
Location: West of 450 - Forum building.
Pest: None.
Problems: Can be a fire hazard (highly flammable), excess litter, drain clogger and allergen.
Propagation: By cuttings and seeds.
Pruning: Winter when there is less pitch and whole branch.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insects, lawn irrigation, seacoast and winds.
Type: Conifer tree that is open, picturesque, pyramidal, spreading and upright.
Water: Moderate to dry between
California Native: No
Description: Mentioned in Lab 7
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Botanical Name: Cedrus deodara
Botanical Pronunciation: SAY-cruss dee-oh-DAR-ah
Common Name: Deodar Cedar
Family Name: Pinscese
Diseases: None.
Flower: Cone, beehive-like reddish brown.
Growth: 60 - 80'heigh x 40 - 60' spread average to fast growth.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees/birds, screen, specimen plant, windbreak, park, campus and large public spaces.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland.
Location: East of 450 - Forum building.
Pest: None.
Problems: Fire hazard, excess litter.
Propagation: Cuttings and seeds.
Pruning: None.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat,insects,lawn irrigation, seacoast, smog and wind.
Type: Conifer that is dense, pictureque, pyramidal, spreading, upright and weeping.
Water: Dry between, monthly, none in summer.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 0 degrees.
Sunset zones: 3b.-10, 14-24.
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Botanical Name: Muhlenbergia rigens
Botanical Pronunciation: mule-en-BURR-gee-ah RYE-gens
Common Name: Deer Grass
Family Name: Poacace
Diseases: None.
Flower: Open, wand-like panicle 6-20' x 1/4
Growth: 3' X 3' average growth.
Landscape Use: Bank cover, deer proof, erosion control, meadow/grassland, restoration, rock garden, seacoast, specimen plant, mixed borders and grass mass.
Light: Sun to part shade on the coast and inland.
Location: Hillside south of 100 & in front of 'Cabrillo College' signs.
Pest: Gophers.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By division and seed.
Pruning: In the early spring, prune every 2 years to 6".
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat,insect, neglect (except yearly pruning), seacoast and winds.
Type: Grass, dense, clumping, spreading and upright.
Water: Dry between none in summer coast.
California Native: Yes
Description: Hardy to 10 degrees.
Sunset zones: - 24
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Botanical Name: Ribes sanguineum glutinosum
Botanical Pronunciation: RYE-bees san-GWIN-ee-uhm
Common Name: Pink Flowering Currant
Family Name: Saxifragaceae
Diseases: None but will quick decline if watered on a summer day.
Flower: Panicles of 10-30 drooping 3-6" x each 1/4" funnel-shaped flowers of white, pink, and red in Feb.-April with fragrant leaves.
Growth: 5-10' heigh x 6' spread, fast growth.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees/birds, background, espalier informal, hedge hand prune, screen, shrub/plant mass and specimen plant.
Light: Sun to part shade on the coast and part shade inland.
Location: North of LRC & west of 100 bldg. & front of Sesnon House.
Pest: Spider mites in containers.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings and seeds.
Pruning: Tip prune as desired.
Tolerance: Drought, insects and neglect.
Type: Deciduous shrub.
Water: Monthly and avoid summer watering.
California Native: Yes
Description: Hardy to 10 degrees.
Sunset zones 4-9, 14-24, A3
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Botanical Name: Arbutus unedo 'Compacta'
Botanical Pronunciation: Ar-BUTTE-us you-NEIGH-dough
Common Name: Dwarf Strawberry Tree
Family Name: Ericaceae
Diseases: Rhizoctonia
Flower: White to pink bells, in drooping panicles 1/4" dia. in the fall.
Growth: 6-10'' x 6-10', Average to slow growth.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees, hedge, screen, seacoast, street tree and wind break.
Light: Sun to part shade on coast and inland..
Location: East side of Baskin Center
Pest: Aphids, scale (control) increase watering. Thrips (control) Safer's soap, sticky traps.
Problems: Dropping fruit.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Will tolerate shearing as desired to reveal branch structure.
Tolerance: Drought, deer, heat, lawn irrigation, neglect, poor drainage, seacoast, smog/dust and wind.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen tree that is dense, oval, semi-open, spreading and upright.
Water: Moderate to dry between/none in summer.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 10 degrees.
Sunset zone 4-24
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Botanical Name: Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata'
Botanical Pronunciation: car-PINE-us BETCH-you-luss fass-TIDGE-ee-ah-tah
Common Name: European Hornbeam
Family Name: Betulaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: Yellowish green catkin 1" X 1/4" in the spring.
Growth: 40' heigh x 25 X 35' spread, slow to average growth.
Landscape Use: Deer proof, hedge (unusual), screen, shade tree, specimen tree and street tree.
Light: Sun to part shade coast to inland.
Location: Walk parallel to Bldg. 100 both sides.
Pest: Scale & aphids (control) increase water and spray with soap.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By seed and grafting.
Pruning: Tolerates shearing, thin as desired.
Tolerance: Deer, lawn irrigation, seacoast, smog and wind.
Type: Deciduous tree that is dense, columnar, oval (when mature), spreading and upright.
Water: Dry between to none in summer.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 0-10 degrees.
Sunset zones: 2-9, 14-17.
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