ACORN: The fruit of Quercus (Oak)
ADVENTITIOUS: Occurring in other than the usual location, ie: roots on stems, buds on leaves
BOTANICAL LANGUAGE: means a plant requires two latinized names
COLUMNAR: sends branches almost straight up, tapering slightly at the top. (ie: Skyrocket Juniper)
CORM: solid, swollen part of the stem, subterranean (Crocus, Gladiolus)
CREEPING: spreads out horizontally
CULTIVARS: man made and discovered
– cultivated vegetatively
DECIDUOUS: Non evergreen woody plants. Leaves drop each fall. Influenced by temperature and light.
DIOECIOUS: Male and female flowers on separate plants
DRUPE: A stone fruit. ie: peach, walnut. Seed is enclosed in fleshy outer layers
GENUS: refers to the group to which the plant belongs.
GROWTH RATE: refers to vertical growth
* slow = 12″ or less/annum
* medium 13″ -24″ per annum
* fast 25″+ per annum
HARDINESS: ability of plants to survive extremes in climate
HYBRID: union of two species of the same genus
ROUNDED: forms curved outline without being pruned
SPECIES: particular member of group or genus. Usually descriptive.
VARIETY: A natural occurring population of plants of one species, different enough from that species to require a different name. Reproduces naturally from seed.
VASE-LIKE: Shrubby, grows outward & upward, widens near top.
Source: Pioneerthinking.com – Ingredients for a Simple life