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Allepo Pine
Tree Aloe
Olive, European Olive
Gloriosa or Soft-Tip Yucca, Spanish
Scandia Juniper
Fan Aloe
Desert Spoon, Sotol
Allepo Pine

Common name:Allepo Pine
Botanical name:Pinus halepensis

The Pinus halepensis exhibits moderate growth to 30' or more, with an open, irregular crown. The long needles are doubled and light green in color, with a length of 2.5"- 4" long. Pines are highly combustible plants.

Tree Aloe

Common name:Tree Aloe
Botanical name:Aloe arborescens

This succulent is large, full of branches and produces deep red orange blooms in fall and winter. The flowers produce a nectar that is attractive to many different birds; this plant is grown all over the world. This succulent can reach 8' tall and 5' wide. Leaves are narrow, recurved and tooth margined and can be green or yellowish or blue green, depending on how much sun it receives. It tolerates sun or shade.

Olive, European Olive

Common name:Olive, European Olive
Botanical name:Olea europaea

This broad tree will grow to 40' tall and has small, gray green leaves with fleshy black fruit that appears in fall.

Gloriosa or Soft-Tip Yucca, Spanish

Common name:Gloriosa or Soft-Tip Yucca, Spanish
Botanical name:Yucca gloriosa

This clumping palm relative will reach 10' to15' tall and has large, green, sword-like leaves with white flowers in spring and summer. Its broad, medium green leaves blend with either tropical or desert theme landscapes.

Scandia Juniper

Common name:Scandia Juniper
Botanical name:Juniperus sabina 'Scandia'

Juniperus sabina 'Scandia' has dense, bright green foliage. It grows to 1' high and 6'-8' wide. This plant is a ground cover that can be used for erosion control. It can used for a cascading effect on walls. It is heat and cold tolerant and very reliable. It prefers full sun and is drought tolerant once it's established.

Fan Aloe

Common name:Fan Aloe
Botanical name:Aloe plicatilis

This wide succulent shrub grows 3'-6' tall and wide, with fan-like clusters of the bluish-gray round tipped leaves. From each fan emerges an open terminal cluster of tubular, orange red flowers in late winter to early spring. Plant in full sun if on the coast or in shade if inland. It is hardy to about 23 degrees F. It needs winter and spring irrigation if grown where does does not receive adequate water from rainfall.

Desert Spoon, Sotol

Common name:Desert Spoon, Sotol
Botanical name:Dasylirion wheeleri

Spoon-Yucca requires little maintenance, as it tolerates drought, reflected heat and poor soils. It develops a short, thick trunk while reaching 6' tall and wide. Leaves are linear gray-green to 3' long and armed. During late spring and summer, erect stems of white creamy flowers are visible. It is a long lived shrub and slow-growing. It needs a well-drained site; it is cold and drought hardy.

Designer: Stephanie Blanc

California Greek Garden 1

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Physical weed control, including mulching, or hand removal protects the watershed from harmful chemicals.

Integrated Pest Management:

Develop healthy soil for plants that are vigorous and naturally pest-resistant.