Colleen Johnsen's California Plants
Class #63: Plant Materials And Design B, Lab #1

Class #63: Plant Materials And Design B, Lab #1


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: 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: Dryopteris erythrosora
Botanical Pronunciation: dry-OP-terr-iss air-rith-row-SOAR-ah
Common Name: Autumn Fern
Family Name: Polypodiaceae
Diseases: None
Flower: Insignificant.
Growth: 2'heigh x 2'spread, average growth to fast.
Landscape Use: Bank cover, cut flower, deer proof, erosion control, shrub/plant mass and dry stream bed.
Light: Shade on the coast and inland.
Location: Sesnon front entry area.
Pest: None.
Problems: Invasive/reseeds but slow spreading.
Propagation: By division and spores.
Pruning: Remove old fronds in March as desires.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insects, lawn irrigation and neglect.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen fern.
Water: Dry between.
California Native: No
Description: Sunset zones 2-9, 14-24.
Hardy to 0
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Botanical Name: Limonium perezii
Botanical Pronunciation: leh-MOAN-ee-uhm per-EE-zee-i
Common Name: Sea Statice
Family Name: Plumbaginaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: Purple and white flat topped or convex all year a3-8" cluster x 1/4" each.
Growth: 12-24" x 12-24" fast growing in youth and beyond.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees, border/edging, container plants, cut/dried flowers, fir retardant, groundcover, rock garden, seacoast and plant mass.
Light: Sun to part shade on the coast.
Location: Front of Sesnon Building.
Pest: Snails and deer.
Problems: Reseeds itself.
Propagation: Division and seeds.
Pruning: Dead head flowers and remove dead leaves.
Tolerance: Drought, heat, insect/disease resistant, lawn irrigation, neglect, seacoast, smog and winds.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen perennial.
Water: Dry between and none
California Native: No
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Botanical Name: Rosa banksiae
Botanical Pronunciation: ROSE-ah / bank-see-ah
Common Name: Lady Bank's Rose
Family Name: Rosaceae
Diseases: Powdery mildew and black spot.
Flower: white or yellow rose double petals 1" diameter in April. The white rose has fragrance and the yellow has none.
Growth: 20'+ height X 20'spread, fast growth vine.
Landscape Use: attracts bird/bee, bank cover, cut flower, erosion control, espalier, hedge (unusual), screen, sea coast, specimen and possible wall spiller.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland.
Location: On slope above & below pkg. structure south of 300 bldg.
Pest: Aphids (control) increase water. Deer (control) eat.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: To control size and shape after blooming in early sprinf to summer.
Tolerance: Drought, sea coast, heat, insect, neglect and lawn irrigation.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen deciduous in cold witers vine that is semi-open, spreading, upright, climbing, arching and globular..
Water: Moderate to dry between
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 10 degrees.
Sunset zoes: 4-24, H1, H2.
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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: Ceanothus hearstiorum *
Botanical Pronunciation: see-ah-NO-thuss / hearst-ee-OR-uhm
Common Name: Hearst Ceanothus
Family Name: Rhamnaceae
Diseases: Crown rot.
Flower: Cobalt blue spikes of very small flowers 1/16 with fragrant leaves in late spring, occ. fall.
Growth: 6" heigh X 6-15' spread that is fast growing in youth and maturity.
Landscape Use: Attracts Bees/birds, bank cover, deer proof, fire retardant, groundcover, rock gardden, seacoast and wall spiller(unique).
Light: Sun to part shade on the coast to part shade inland.
Location: Hillside south of 100 bldg.
Pest: None
Problems: Short lived in gardens 10-15 years.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: None required, tip pruning only!
Tolerance: Drought, winds, sea coast, deer, insect resistant and neglect.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen ground cover that is dense to semi-open, spreading, trailing with a fine texture.
Water: Dry between to none in summer.
California Native: Yes
Description: Hardy to 15 degrees.
Sunset zones: 14-24 Northern & Eastern facing slopes, 16-24 any exposures.
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Botanical Name: Cornus x 'Eddie's White Wonder'
Common Name: Hybird Dogwood
Family Name: Cornaceae
Diseases: Verticillium wilt.
Growth: 10-20' tall x 10' across, slow to average growth.
Light: Sun to part shade on the coast.
Pest: None.
Problems: Suckers.
Type: Deciduous tree.
Water: Ample to moist.
California Native: No
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Botanical Name: Osteospermum fruticosum
Botanical Pronunciation: oss-tea-oh-SPER-mum fruh-teh-COS-uhm
Common Name: African Daisy
Family Name: Asteraceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: White, purple daisy shape 2" dia. in Nov.- March, all year with fragrant leaves.
Growth: 12-18" heigh X 12-18" spread.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees/bird, bank cover, deer proof, erosion control, fire retardant, groundcover, seacoast, wall spiller, and hanging basket.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland.
Location: Across drive from front of Sesnon House.
Pest: Snails (control) mow back every 2-3 years.
Problems: Invasive/reseeds.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Shear back to 6".
Tolerance: Deer, drought, heat, insects/disease resistant, lawn irrigation, neglect, seacoast, smog/dust and wind.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen perennial groundcover.
Water: Dry between.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 15 degrees.
Sunset zones 8,9, 12-24, H1, H2.
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Botanical Name: Iris x 'Pacific Coast Iris *
Botanical Pronunciation: EYE-riss doug-loss-ee-AN-uh
Common Name: Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris
Family Name: Iridaceae
Diseases: Crown rot if planted to low or soil buries crown.
Flower: 3 inner petals, 3 outer petals in blue, lavender, lilac, red-purple, cream, yellow, white and magenta
Growth: 1-1 1/2 height X 1-2' spread slow to average growth.
Landscape Use: Bank cover, border, container plant, deer proof, groundcover, rock garden, shade plant and plant mass.
Light: Sun to shade on coast and inland.
Location: Hort. hillside entry & near 2500.
Pest: None,
Problems: Senstive to grade change & short-lived in gardens.
Propagation: Divisions.
Pruning: Dead head flowers.
Tolerance: Deer, drought, insects and seacoast.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen herbaceous perennial that is clumping, dense and upright.
Water: Dry between and monthly.
California Native: Yes
Description: Hardy to 0-10 degrees.
Sunset zones 4-9, 14-24.
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Botanical Name: Ceanothus griseus horizontalis
Botanical Pronunciation: see-ah-NO-thus GRIS-ee-us hor-eh-zon-TAL-iss
Common Name: Carmel Creeper
Diseases: Crown rot from to much water, (control) plant high and avoid heavy soil.
Flower: Spring.
Growth: Fast in youth to average later, 3'-5' x 10-12'
Landscape Use: Attracts bees, bank cover, erosion control, groundcover tall, hedge infomal, seacoast, shrub mass and wall spiller.
Light: Sun to shade on the coast.
Location: South of 600 bldg.
Pest: White fly, aphids and scale (control) stop watering.
Problems: Short lived, 5-10 years.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Remove dead limbs, will tolerate shearing but no radical pruning.
Tolerance: Drought, insects, neglect, seacoast, smog/dust and wind.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen groundcover, shrub or subshrub.
Water: Dry between to none in summer.
California Native: Yes
Description: Hardy to 10-15 degrees.
Sunset zones: 5-9, 14-17, 19-24.
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Botanical Name: Platanus acerifolia
Botanical Pronunciation: PLATT-ah-nuss acer-er-eh-FOAL-ee-ah
Common Name: London Plane Tree
Family Name: Platanaceae
Diseases: Anthracnose (control) remove infected areas. Brown blotches (control) remove stem and leaves and dispose.
Flower: Insignificant.
Growth: 60-100' X 40-60' spread, fast growing.
Light: Sun and part shade on the coast and inland.
Location: Median tree, 41st, Clare St. & Capitola road.
Pest: Spider mites (control) increase water. Scale (control) remove infected parts.
Problems: Drain clogger and excess litter.
Propagation: By cuttings and grafted.
Pruning: To shape as desire but has a natural nice shape.
Tolerance: Drought, wind, smog/dust, heat, deer, neglet, lawn irrigation and poor drainage.
Type: Deciduoud tree.
Water: Ample moisture.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy: 10 degrees.
Sunset zones:2-24.
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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: 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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Botanical Name: Abelia x grandiflora
Botanical Pronunciation: ah-BEEL-yah gran-deh-FLOOR-ah
Common Name: Glossy Abelia
Family Name: Caprifoliaceae
Native Location: China
Diseases: None.
Flower: Pink to white tubular 3/4"-1" X 1/2" in the June to October not edible.
Growth: 6-8' x 6' fast to average growth.
Landscape Use: Container plant, hedge, screen shrub mass and specimen.
Light: Sun to part shade on the coast and inland.
Pest: None.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Tolerates shearing but looks so graceful without it.
Tolerance: Insect or disease resistant and lawn irrigation.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen deciduous shrub.
Water: Moderate to dry between
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 0 degrees.

Sunset zones 5-24.

Perfers all types of well drained soil.

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: Rosa chinensis mutabilis
Botanical Pronunciation: ROSE-ah chai-NEN-sis mew-TAB-eh-lis
Common Name: China Rose
Family Name: Rosaceae
Diseases: Fireblight, powdery mildew and rust.
Flower: Single circular rose that is orange bud to cream to pink to magenta in the spring to fall. Fragrant.
Growth: 5-6 ' height X 5-6' spread that is fast gowing.
Landscape Use: Attracts bees, background cut / dried flowers, and shrub mass.
Light: Sun on the coast and inland.
Location: Slope east of 2500.
Pest: Aphids (control) water spray. Saw larvae-bristly rose slugs (control) Insecticidal soap.
Problems: None.
Propagation: By cuttings.
Pruning: Prune back as desired to control size, dead head flowers and will tolerate shearing.
Tolerance: Neglect, lawn irrigation, insects, heat and drought.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen shrub that is dense, round, semi-open, spreading and upright..
Water: Moderate to dry between.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 15 degrees.
Sunset zones 4-9, 12-24, H1
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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: Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus'
Botanical Pronunciation: Miss-CAN-thuss /sigh-NES-sis / 'Zeh-BRY-nuss'
Common Name: Zebra Grass
Family Name: Poaceae
Diseases: None.
Flower: Pinkish copper silky plumes in fall - winter.
Growth: 5-6' height x 5-6' spread. Fast growth.
Landscape Use: Background, deer proof, erosion control, meadow/grassland, pond/stream/ screen, seacoast, shrub/plant mass and specimen plant.
Light: Sun on the coast and sun to part sun inland.
Location: South side of 300 building
Pest: Gophers (control) wire baskets.
Problems: Fire hazard if not cut back.
Propagation: By division and seeds.
Pruning: Cut back in early spring to 12-18" or it flops.
Tolerance: Deer,drought,heat, insects resistant, lawn irrigation, poor drainage, seacoast and winds.
Type: Deciduous grass that is clumping,spreading, upright and pictureque.
Water: Monthly.
California Native: No
Description: Hardy to 0-10 degrees.
Sunset zones: 2-24.