Colleen Johnsen's California Plants
Class #62: Plant Materials And Design A, Lab #14

Class #62: Plant Materials And Design A, Lab #14


Botanical Name: Lavatera maritima
Botanical Pronunciation: lav-ah-TARE-ah mar-IT-eh-ma
Common Name: Tree Mallow
Family Name: Malvaceae
Diseases: Soil borne fungus.
Growth: 8-10' X 8-12' spread.
Light: Sun on the coast.
Location: Campus Circulas planters / Atherton Drive down Soquel Drive.
Pest: Deer and snails.
Problems: Short lived.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen perennial shrub.
Water: Dry between, monthly, none in summer
California Native: No
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Botanical Name: Betula pendula
Botanical Pronunciation: BET-yew-lah- PEN-due-lah
Common Name: European White Birch
Family Name: Betulaceae
Diseases: Crown rot.
Flower: Catkins, yellow - brown 2 1/2" X 1/4".
Growth: 40-60' high X 8-20' spread.
Landscape Use: Back ground, lawn tree, screen, and grove.
Light: Full sun to shade on coast and inland.
Location: Downtown Santa Cruz.
Pest: Aphids, (control) increase water.
Problems: Short live in gardens, shallow roots, excess litter.
Propagation: Cuttings, seeds and graftings.
Pruning: None required, remove dead limbs and will tolerate heading back.
Tolerance: Deer, lawn irrigation, poor drainage and smog/ust.
Type: Deciduous tree thatis columnar, picturesque, semi-open, spreading, upright and weeping.
Water: Ample Moisture.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 0 degrees.
Sunset zones: 1-11, 14-24.
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Botanical Name: Prunus serrulata
Botanical Pronunciation: PREW-nuss sair-you-LAH-tah
Common Name: Japanese Cherry
Family Name: Rosaceae
Native Location: Japan
Diseases: Scab, root rot and crown rot.
Flower: White to pink single and double circular 1-1 1/2 dia. in the spring with a slight fragrance.
Growth: 15-25' X 15-25' average growth.
Landscape Use: Cut flowers, large container plant, attreacts bees/birds, lawn tree and specimen.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland.
Location: Street Tree Pacific Avenue. and North of the Cabrillo gym.
Pest: Aphids (control) increase watering.
Problems: Weak britttle branches.
Propagation: By cuttings or graphing.
Pruning: Thin in mid-summer as desired - be conservative as it's slow to regrow.
Tolerance: Heat.
Type: Deciduous tree that is dense, round, spreading, upright and weeping.
Water: Monthly.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 0 degrees.

Sunset zones 2-7, 14-20/

Prfers moist well-drained sandy loam.
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Botanical Name: Parthenocissus tricuspidata
Botanical Pronunciation: par-thin-oh-car-pus tri-cusspeh-da-tuh
Common Name: Boston Ivy
Family Name: Vitaceae
Diseases: Mildew
Flower: Yellow - green in the spring.
Growth: 50-75' X 50-75' spread, fast growth.
Landscape Use: Always on a building or fence or other structure.
Light: Sun to shade on the coast.
Location: Parking structure on Cedar Street
Pest: Slug and snails.
Problems: Excess litter.
Propagation: By cuttings and seeds.
Pruning: As desired to control.
Tolerance: Drought, wind, smog/dust, sea coast, heat, neglect and lawn irrigation.
Type: Deciduius vine that is dense, semi-open in winter, spreading, upright and clinging.
Water: Moderate to none in summer.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 0 degrees.
Sunset zones: All
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Botanical Name: Ficus pumila
Botanical Pronunciation: fy-cuss PUME-eh-lah
Common Name: Creeping Fig
Family Name: Moraceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: None.
Growth: 60-80' X 60-100' spread slow to average growth.
Landscape Use: Container plant, espalier, and specimen.
Light: Part to full shade on the coast.
Location: Parking sructure on Cedar Street.
Pest: Golphers.
Problems: Invasive.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: To control growth but not to be topped heavely.
Tolerance: Drought, smog/dust, insect or disease resistant and neglect.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen vine.
Water: Dry between to none in summer.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 10-12 degrees.
Sunset zones: 8-24.
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Botanical Name: Distictis buccinatoria
Botanical Pronunciation: diss-tick-tuss buck-in-ah-tore-EE-ah
Common Name: Blood red trumpet vine
Family Name: Bignoniaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: Red to coral trumpet shape.
Growth: 20-30' X 20-30 ' spread, fast growth.
Landscape Use: Attracts birds, background, bank cover, espalier, screen and specimen.
Light: Sun to part shade on the coast.
Location: Niclelodeon wall.
Pest: None.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings difficult to root.
Pruning: In fall to control size, yearly to keep under control.
Tolerance: Drought, winds, sea coast, heat, insect or disease resistant and neglect.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen vine that is dense, spreading, upright and climbing with tendrils..
Water: None in summer.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 20-24 degrees
Sunset zones: 809, 14-24.
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Botanical Name: Lonicera hildebrandiana
Botanical Pronunciation: low-NISS-er-ah hill-deh-bran-dee-ON-ah
Common Name: Giant Burmese
Family Name: Caprifoliaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: Tubular yellow and white in summer 6" X 1/4-1"
Growth: 25' X 25' spread.
Landscape Use: Attracts birds, espalier and specimen.
Light: Sun to part shade on the coast and inland.
Location: Entry arbor corner of Front St. & Cooper
Pest: Spider mites, aphids and caterpillers.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: As desired to shape.
Tolerance: Drought, wind,smog/dust, sea coast, heat, neglect and lawn irrigation.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen vine that is dense, spreading, upright and climbing.
Water: Monthly.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 20-25 degrees.
Sunset zones 9, 14-17, 19-24.
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Botanical Name: Betula jacquemontii
Botanical Pronunciation: BET-yew-lah jack-MONT-ee-i
Common Name: Jackman Birch
Family Name: Betulaceae
Diseases: Anthracnose, rust, leaf spot, canker and twig dieback.
Flower: Yellow-brown catkins in the spring.
Growth: 60' X 30' fast growth in youth.
Landscape Use: Back ground, fire retardant, lawn tree, pond/stream, specimen, street tree and grove.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland.
Location: Front street - street tree.
Pest: Borers, japanese beetle (control) Not much to be done. Aphiids, caterpillers, leaf miners, leafhoppers (control) increase water.
Problems: None.
Propagation: Root cuttings, seed and grafting.
Pruning: Remove dead limbs.
Tolerance: Lawn irrigation, seacoast and smog/dust.
Type: Deciduous (dies down) tree that is open, oval, semi-openand and upright.
Water: Ample.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to -20 degrees.
Sunset zones: 3-11, 14-17

Botanical Name: Bougainvillea spectabilis
Botanical Pronunciation: boo-guin-ve-lee-ah spec-tab-eh-liss
Common Name: Bougainvillea
Family Name: Nyctanginaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: 3 papery bracts in purple to pink, 2" dia in the spring, fall, summer.
Growth: 40-50 ' hight X 40-50' spread fast growing.'
Landscape Use: Bankground, bank cover, container plant, erosion control, groundcover, screen and wall spiller.
Light: Sun on the coast and light shade inland.
Location: Atherton Drive down Soquel Drive.
Pest: Snails.
Problems: Suckers,
Propagation: By cuttings, and layering.
Pruning: After flowering, because the next season's bloom is on new growth. if you want to reduce heigth prune out dead wood and cut back canopy by 1/3rd.
Tolerance: Drought, heat, insect/disease resistant, neglet, seacoast and smog/dust.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen deciduous vine that is climbing and spreading.
Water: Little water once established.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to
Sunset zones: 12, 13,15-17,19, 21, 22-24
EBMUD: 80

Botanical Name: Solanum rantonnetii
Botanical Pronunciation: sew-LAWN-um ran-toe-NET-e-i
Common Name: Blue Potato Bush
Family Name: Solanaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: Violet blue with yellow-centered, 1"wide flower throughout warm weather
Growth: 6-12' height X 6-12' spread, fast growth.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees, container plants, espalier, hedge, screen, shrub/plant mass and specimen plant.
Light: Full sun.
Location: Atherton Drive down Soquel Drive.
Pest: APHIDS (control) increase water.
Problems: Suckerd and weak wood.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Tip prune as needed.
Tolerance: Drought, heat and seacoast.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen decidous shrub that is round, semi-open, spreading and upright.
Water: Only until established (2 dry season)
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to
Sunset zines: 12, 13, 15-24.
EBMUD: 219

Botanical Name: Bergenia crassifolia
Botanical Pronunciation: Burr-JEAN-e-ah crass-eh-FOAL-e-ah
Common Name: Winter blooming Bergenia
Family Name: Saxifragaceae
Diseases: None,
Flower: 5 petaled bell in rose, red, purple and shades in between.
Growth: 1 1/2' height x 1 1/2' spread, fast growth.
Landscape Use: Attracts Bees, border/edging, cut/dried flowers, deer resistant, groundcover, meadow/grassland, pond/stream, rockgarden and shade plant
Light: Sun to shade on the coast and inland.
Location: Atherton Drive down Soquel Drive.
Pest: APHIDS (control) water SNAILS SLUGS (control) Sluggo
Problems: None.
Propagation: By division, Rhizomes and seed.
Pruning: Dead head flowers and pull spent leaves.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, lawn irrigation, poor drainage and seacoast.
Type: Herbaceous perennial groundcover that is round.
Water: Monthly in the dry season.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to: -10 degrees.
Sunset zones: A1 -A3, 1-9, 12-24.
EBMUD: 79