Colleen Johnsen's California Plants
Class #62: Plant Materials And Design A, Lab #4

Class #62: Plant Materials And Design A, Lab #4


Botanical Name: Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'
Botanical Pronunciation: low-NISS-err-on jah-PAWN-eh-kak chai--NESS-sis
Common Name: Hall's Honeysuckle
Family Name: Caprifoliaceae
Diseases: Leaf spot.
Flower: Tubular, 2 lipped 3/4" x 1/4".
Growth: 15-25' x 25', fast growing.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees/bird, bank cover, container plant, deer proof, erosion control, espalier, ground cover, and vine.
Light: Sun to part shade on the coast and inland.
Location: South of the 500 building.
Pest: Aphids and scale with lack of water.
Problems: Invasive.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Yearly to control and radical every 2-3 years.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insects, lawn irrigation, poor drainage, seacoast, and wind.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen vine.
Water: Dry between.
California Native: No
Description: OUTSTANDING CHARACTERISTIC:
Flower, fragrance and fast growing.

Hardy to 0 degree.
Sunset Zone:1-24 H1, H2
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Botanical Name: Pyrus kawakamii
Botanical Pronunciation: pie-RUSS COW-AH-caim-aee-i
Common Name: Evergreen pear
Diseases: Fungal leaf spot and fire blight (control) avoid overhead watering and prune affected parts.
Flower: White single petals in clusters.
Growth: 30-40' X 25 - 30'+ average to fast growth.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees/birds, container plant, espalier, lawn tree, screen, shade plant, specimen plant and patio tree.
Light: Sun to part shade on coast and inland.
Location: South of parking structure.
Pest: Aphids (control) evaluate watering.
Problems: Suckers at base and weak wooded branch breakage.
Propagation: By cuttings, seeds and grafting.
Pruning: Will tolerate shearing to enhance form.
Tolerance: Drought, heat, lawn irrigation, smog/dust but not poor drainage.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen deciduous semi tree.
Water: Moderate to dry between.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 18-20 degrees.
Sunset Zones: 8,9,12,-24
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Botanical Name: Nandina domestica
Botanical Pronunciation: nan-DEE-nah doe-MESS-teh-kah
Common Name: Heavenly Bamboo
Family Name: Berberidaceae
Diseases: Powdery mildew.
Flower: Creamy white panicle of 4. 6-12" x3-6" in the spring.
Growth: 6-8' X 2-5'spread, fast growth.
Landscape Use: Background, container plant, cut/dried flower, deer proof, screen, seacoast, shrub mass, and japanese gardens.
Light: Sun to shade on the coast, part sun to shade inland.
Location: North of 300 building.
Pest: Red spider mites (control) increase water and fertilize. Scale (control) remove infected parts. Gophers (control) plant in baskets.
Problems: None.
Propagation: Cutting and division.
Pruning: To control height in spring and to cut out old canes.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insect resistant, lawn irrigation, neglect, seacoast and winds.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen shrub.
Water: Moderate to none in summer.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 5 - 10 degrees.

Sunset zones:3-24, H1, H2.
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Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia, L. dentata, L. stoechas
Botanical Pronunciation: lah-VAN-due-lah an-gus-teh-FOAL-ee-ah, den-TAH-tah, STOY-kas
Common Name: Lavender
Diseases: Phytopthera (control) by remove and destroy. Fusarium wilt (control) reduce watering and hope.
Flower: Spikes of tubular, 2 lipped white, pink, lavender, green, purple, blue purple & yellow.
Growth: 3-4' X 3-4' spread, fast in youth to fast in maturity.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees, bank cover, borders, container plant, cut flowers, deer proof, hedge medium, seacoast, and a shrub mass.
Light: Sun on both coast and inland.
Location: Gym Plaza
Pest: Spittle bug & whitefly (control) neem oil soap, aphids (control) decrease watering.
Problems: Allergen and short lived in gardens.
Propagation: Cuttings, layering and seeds.
Pruning: Dead head flowers and annually after flowering.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, neglect, seacoast, and winds.
Type: Herbaceous peremmial shrub that is dense, round, semi open, spreading and upright.
Water: Only until established.
California Native: No
Description: Notice the difference in the flowers.

Hardy to 15-20 degrees.
Sunset zones: 8, 9, 12-24
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Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica
Botanical Pronunciation: lay-gerr-STROW-me-ahh IN-deh-kah
Common Name: Crape Myrtle
Family Name: Lythraceae
Diseases: Powdery mildew.
Flower: White, pink, red or purple,
Growth: 10'-20' x 10'-20' spread.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees, container plant, deer proof, espalier, informal, lawn tree, screen dwarf, shrub/plant mass, specimen plant, street tree, patio, entry courtyard.
Light: Sun both inland and coast.
Location: Hillside between Admin. Bldg. & Theater.
Pest: Aphids (control) increase water.
Problems: Suckers and flower may stain.
Propagation: By cuttings and seeds.
Pruning: Thin in winter and increase flowering, dead head flowers, tip prune as needed.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, lawn irrigation, neglect smog/dust but NO salt from the seacoast!
Type: Broadleaf evergreen, herbaceous perennial or ground cover.
Water: Monthly.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to O degrees.
Sunset zones: 7-10, 12-14, 18-21.
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Botanical Name: Pistacia chinensis
Botanical Pronunciation: pis-STASH-ee-ah chin-NEN-sis
Common Name: Chinese Pistache
Family Name: Anacardiaceae
Diseases: Verticillium wilt.
Flower: Seeds, green, then red, then blue.
Growth: 25'-30'+ x 25'-35+' average growth.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees/bird, bank cover, erosion control, espalier, fire retardant, groundcover, hedge, screen, seacoast.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland.
Location: North of Theater in paving.
Pest: Whiteflies (control) too much shade, move! Aphids (control) increase water. Scale (control) increase water.
Problems: Fire hazard, invasive with rooted runners.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Need structure pruning when young tolerates shearing annually spring - fall.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insects, lawn irrigation, neglect, poor drainage, seacoast, smog/dust and winds.
Type: Deciduous.
Water: Moderate to dry between.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to O degree.
Sunset zones:4-16, 18-23.
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Botanical Name: Pennisetum setaceum
Botanical Pronunciation: pen-eh-SEE-tum ceh-TAY-see-uhm RUBE-rum
Common Name: Red Fountain Grass
Family Name: Poaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: Burgundy and wheat color plumes.
Growth: 3-4' X 3-5' fast to average growth with less H2O.
Landscape Use: Bank cover, container plant, cut/dried flower, deer proof, erosion, rock garden and shrub/plant mass.
Light: Full sun on coast and inland.
Location: Hillside between Admin. bldg. & Theater.
Pest: Gophers (control) plant in wire baskets.
Problems: Fire hazard if unpruned.
Propagation: By division.
Pruning: Cut in spring to 6".
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insect, neglect, seacoast and winds.
Type: Herbaceous perennial.
Water: Monthly.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 18 degrees.

JUST MENTIONED IN CLASS 63/LAB 4
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Botanical Name: Lavandula x heterophylla
Botanical Pronunciation: Lah-VAN-due-lah x het- err- OFF-eh-lah
Common Name: Sweet Lavender
Diseases: Root rot w/heat and humidity, sooty mold from essential will grow out of it - not a disease.
Flower: Tiny tubular flowers in spike.
Growth: 3-4' x 3-4' Fast and fast in youth.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees/birds, bank cover, border/edging, cut flowers, deer proof, seacoast, and shrub/plant mass.
Light: Sun on the coast and sun to part sun inland.
Location: Western side of 100, flanking path.
Pest: None.
Problems: Short-lived in gardens about 5-7 years.
Propagation: By cuttings and seeds.
Pruning: Dead head flowers, tip prun as needed but will tolerate shearing in Feb. but no more that 1/3.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insects, neglect. and seacoast.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen, perennial shrub.
Water: None in summer.
California Native: No