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More Plants Letter C

More plants letter C continues. In the previous page, Herbee share 18 varieties from around the world. Below are 11 more from many geographic locations, producing exquisite color and texture.


The Clerodendrum - Glory Bower - Blue Butterfly Bush is a big genus of over 450 species, and grows in a variety of tropical and warm weather climates. There are only a couple of varieties from China and Japan that can take cooler climates. This family has trees, shrubs, and climbers, in deciduous and evergreen varieties. They will thrive in a sunny location, but need shelter from any strong winds or the intense summertime heat.

The Glory Bower is native to China and the Himalayas, and will do well in zones seven through ten in the United States. The Blue Butterfly bush is native to South Africa and will only grow in zones ten and eleven. They range in size from six to twenty feet high. The Harlequin Glory Bower is one of the cold hardy varieties and nave to Japan and China. This particular specie will do well in zones seven through ten.


Clethra - Lily-Of-The-Valley and Japanese Clethra are deciduous trees and shrubs that will grow well in North America and eastern Asia.

The Clethra is a specimen that prefers partial shade and an acid and moist base soil. The plants are considered a spreading plant and in the summer to fall months, tiny white flowers appear.

The Lily-Of-The-Valley tree that will mature around twenty feet tall. It will do well in zones eight through ten in the United States.

The Japanese Clethra is known in the mountainous regions of Japan. The tree can grow to thirty feet, and the shrub variety to around nine to ten feet. This specie will grow well in zones six through nine in the United States.


There are 90 different species of Coprosma in this genus. They are native to New Zealand, southeastern Australia, and Islands in the South Pacific. These are evergreen shrubs that love full sun, and a light and well drained soil. The small flowers are not noticed too often, but the red, purple, white, or blue color fruit highlight these species.

The Kiwi Silver specimen is a low growing mound plant only maturing to around a foot tall, and spreads three feet wide. It does well in zones nine through eleven.

The Mirror Bush or Looking Glass Plant is popular at the New Zealand shoreline. It can mature three to six feet tall. It grows well in zones nine through eleven. The flowers are beautiful and abundant, followed by tiny orange-red colored fruit. A great sea coast plant!

There are 45 varieties in the Cornus or Dogwood plant family. The Dogwood does best in full sun, but can take some light shade. It loves well drained soil. There are many native trees and shrubs in this genus throughout the world.

White Mass Flowering

The Cornus group is either deciduous or evergreen. Some of the varieties have small yellow, light purple flowers. Some of the most popular varieties are showcases of flowers of white, pink, and yellow. The flowers encompass the entire tree in spring and early summer months.

This plant for the most part is frost hardy. A few specimens can only survive in a light frost environment.

The Alba or Red-Barked Dogwood does well in zones four through nine. The Alba is native to northeast Asia. One of the shining characteristic of this plant specimen is its bright red branches and twigs that can be a focal point in a garden in the fall, and throughout the winter months. The Alba matures anywhere from six to ten feet and can spread twelve to eighteen feet wide.

The Controversa, Table or Giant Dogwood, is native to China, Korea, and Japan. It can mature up to forty feet, and the white showy flowers appear in early summer. It will grow well in zones six through nine.

The Japanese Flowering Kousa Dogwood is a popular tree in the southern United States. It is native to Japan, China, and Korea, and will do well in zones four through nine in the United States. The Kousa comes to life in the spring with each tree full of vibrant white flowers. Red berries appear in the fall before the leaves drop. The Kousa will mature to about twenty feet tall.


The Coronilla or Crown Vetch has about 20 plant specimens that make up this variety. The Crown Vetch is native to Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. They are considered an ornamental low growing annual or perennial shrub.

Coronilla requires full sun and well drained soil. Protection should be taken to shelter this specie from high winds. They have pea-flowers of yellow, and can have a long show time for their blooms.

The emerus variety specimen is known in Europe, and highlighted by its bright yellow flowers. The flowers bloom in spring, followed by seed pots on the plants. The emerus variety does well in zones six through nine.

The valentina is a warmer Coronilla that is native to the Mediterranean region. It grows in zones nine and ten in the United States. This is actually a short lived evergreen tree and produces yellow, fragrant flowers in late winter. It matures about five feet high and five feet wide.


The Corynocarpus is a small family of only six plant varieties. They are native to New Zealand, Australia, and New Guinea. These species are wonderful in the native areas for shelter or privacy screens.

They love full sun and adapt well to the coastline. Corynocarpus are all frost tender. Propagation is from seeds or cuttings. One of the most useful species is the New Zealand Laurel.

This tree will grow between twenty to thirty feet high. Clusters of yellow flowers appear in the late spring and summer months, and are followed by orange-yellow fruit in autumn and the winter months.

The seeds in the fruit are poisonous, but through a special process, the Maori people enjoy the taste of this fruit. They're delightful plants for this region. The Corynocarpus does well in zones nine through eleven in the United States.


This small group of trees, Cotinus or Smoke Tree, are native to southwestern China and North America. Their brilliant purple leaves and branches create a showcase, especially in the fall. This family will grow well in zones five through ten in the United States. They are fairly easy to grow, but need well drained soil, and warm and dry summer months.

The American Smoke is noted for its beauty in the southeastern United States. It can mature up to thirty feet tall. The leaves create the beauty of the tree. In spring when the tree is young, the leaves are pink-bronze tone and turn deep green throughout the summer months. In fall, the leaves explode into a purple tone.

The Venetian - Sumac Smoke Tree is native to southern Europe and central China. This is considered a bushy shrub and will grow twelve to fifteen feet in height and width. This specimen is known for the color of its leaves that resemble the American Smoke. Some flowers produce small fruit in the late summer months.


Cranberry Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster is an evergreen plant that actually belong to the Rose family. They do well in zones five through ten in the United States. They are also native to China.

The Cotoneaster will flourish in full sun and well drained soil. They are considered deciduous and evergreen, depending on the variety. The lower growing shrubs are great along slopes and along foundations. The taller varieties will highlight a fence or other outdoor feature.

The Bearberry is native to central China, and produces white flowers in the summer and red-orange showy berries in the autumn.

The franchetii is an evergreen native to western China. In the summer, pink-white tone flowers appear. In fall, this specie produces pink-orange berries. Below is a link for more information on the Cotoneaster.


The Cunonia is a small group of evergreen trees and shrubs native to South Africa. The star shaped five petal flowers create the uniqueness of these plants. This family is related to the Australian Ceratopetalum.

Cunonia loves full sun and well drained soil, but can survive in sandy and loom soil if watered regularly.

The Spoon Brush variety grows well in southern Africa. It can mature up to fifty feet and is considered a fast growing specimen. In the fall, wonderful tiny white flowers appear. This variety will do well in zones nine and ten in the United States.


There are many Cupressus or Cypress specimens, and most will grow well in zones seven through ten in the United States. They are native to the western United States, Mexico and Guatemala.

They well do well in full sun and well drained soil. They remain healthy if kept away from cold winds.

Their evergreen beauty is apparent in the tree upright forms and smaller shrubs. The states of Arizona and California are home to many of these varieties.

Follow the Cypress page link below for some photos and more detailed descriptions.


The Cytisus or Broom plant specimen is native to Europe and the Mediterranean area. The yellow flowers dominant the beauty of these shrubs. The Broom adapt to different soil conditions, and can take full sun, partial shade, but will do poorly in deep shade.

They will grow well in zones five through nine in the United States. These species are wonderful for a late spring and summertime mass planting. The Moonlight Broom is a lower grower, and will mature at three to four feet. The popular Scotch Broom can reach up to eight feet tall. These species are excellent focal points, with solid evergreens surrounding them.

The above plants can add beauty to many different gardens and landscape. As you continue on reading about all the varieties from around the world, make sure you check out your local area to start planning your next outdoor garden.

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