Scientific Name - Hebe x franciscana
Synonyms - Veronica decussata, Veronica elliptica, Veronica franciscana.
Popular names - blue gem.
Distribution and Habitat - New Zealand native.
Description - evergreen shrub, up to 1.5 m tall. Leaves opposite, 3-9 x 1-2.5 cm, oblong to obovate lanceolate, subacute or rounded tip, entire margins. Flowers violet-blue, or pink, in terminal raceme, 3-8 cm long. Calyx with five sepals. Corolla 4 petals, bilaterla symmetrical. Stamens 2. Blooms in May and September. Fruit ovoid capsule. Seeds numerous.
Growth rate - slow.
Tolerances - tolerate winds and sea spray.
Requirements - prefers well drained soil and sunny exhibitions.
Propagation - by seedlings semilignificati to heel, in July and August in the greenhouse. The seedlingsmature, late autumn or winter in the greenhouse.
Properties and Uses - cultivated as ornamental species.
Curiosity - Veronica x Franciscan is a hybrid of Hebe speciosa Hebe from New Zealand and Elliptic.
Trees and shrubs
Banksia ericifolia, originally from Australia, Blue Mountains. In 1992, Banksia ericifolia was chosen as the official emblem of Sydney.
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Cutter paniculata L.
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Evergreen ornamental plant of the Theaceae family, native from Eastern Asia, its origin is still controversial, being considered by some as species indigenous from Japonia and, by others, from China. It was introduced into Europe by the Portuguese in 1542 and soon spread to Spain, England, France and Italy; into United States at the beginning of the 18th century, and in Australia during the mid 19th century.
Citrus - citrus
Bark smooth, thin, gray-brown to green. Most species have a single trunk, hardwood. Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) has a thick trunk 0.5 - a, 75 m in diameter. Stalk young are edges, green. Stalk elderly are circular in section.
Thunberg mysorensis is used as an ornamental species for rapid growth and flowers arranged in raceme. Blooms in July-September.
Acer tataricum - tatarian maple
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Dianthus sylvestris - perennial species, the stem short and woody. Increase the debris, limestone bedrock, from 0 to 2400 m altitude. Species are cultivated as ornamental for rocarii.