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Like much of the country, we suffered snow, ice and sub-freezing temperatures for most of last week but now it is warming up and that is something that I'll be grateful for this Thanksgiving! We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday! Stay warm, visit us often and be good and grow! ~ Jack   November 22, 2014

New Profile!

paperbark maple tree
Acer griseum

The paperbark maple (Acer griseum) is a deciduous tree of compact stature and handsome peeling orange bark that provides interest throughout the year. This slow-growing species is suitable for small scale landscapes and container culture (as bonsai specimens). Read about the paperbark maple tree, suitable for use as a patio tree, in borders, or as an elegant lawn specimen in USDA Zones 5 - 8.

Picture Gallery

Winter King fruits
'Winter King' Berries

Large flocks of robins and other birds are swooping in on the many 'Winter King' green hawthorn (Crataegus viridis) trees that grow in my neighborhood. The apparently delicious berries are inspiring flocking feeding frenzies. Click to download a large version (800x600) of this image.


The beautiful 'Pink Perfection' camellia (Camellia japonica) in my backyard began blooms at this time of year in my yard in North Florida. It 's my favorite variety and I hope I can go down and visit it over the holidays! r. Click here to download a large version (800x600) of this winter blooming beauty. See more varieties in the Camellia Wallpaper Gallery.

Bourbon red turkey
Bourbon Red Turkey

The Bourbon Red turkey is an historic variety developed in Kentucky just after the Civil War. It's one of several kinds that you can see in the My Favorite Turkeys slideshow. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Visit the Wallpaper Browser page to see more than 1,500 larger format (800x600px) plant images. Links to these images are also present in the title area of each Plant Profile.

Articles & Resources

Field Trip to Africa
Travels in Africa

Bruce Bohm is doing a series of articles for us on the incredible plants that he and his wife Lesley, a botanical illustrator, encountered on his recent trip to South Africa. Click here for menu.

Animals of the Florida Scrub
blue-tailed mole skink
Blue-tailed Mole Skink
This is one of the creature and plants that Steve will introduce you to on his Tour of the Florida Scrub - a unique plant community that he has studied for many years. Even if you're not from Florida you'll still enjoy meeting the plants and animals of this unique ecosystem that can be seen just an hour's drive from DisneyWorld and other Central Florida attractions.

All About Iris
All About Iris

click to visit the Butterfly Gallery
Butterfly Gallery

Visit Floridata's Resource and Articles page.

The Maples

red maple tree
Acer rubrum

The red or swamp maple (Acer rubrum) is a North American native tree from which several popular cultivars have been developed. In the photo is 'Embers', a cultivar noted for its beautiful crimson autumn foliage.

These maple (Acer) species are profiled on Floridata (we'll be adding several more in 2015):
boxelder (Acer negundo)
Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)
Norway maple (Acer platanoides)
paperbark maple (Acer griseum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
silver maple (Acer saccharinum)
sugar maple (Acer saccharum)

Norway maple
Acer platanoides

Norway maple (Acer platanoides) is a very robust deciduous tree noted for its the many cultivars. Some, like those in the picture have dark burgundy or purple leaves, another 'Princeton Gold' has bright yellow-green foliage.

Japanese maple
Acer palmatum

The Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is a small tree or large shrub. Hundreds of varieties and cultivars of Japanese maple have been developed over the last several centuries.

Floridata Master Plant List
The Floridata Plant Encyclopedia profiles all kinds of plants for every kind of climate. Visit the master Plant Profile List page that organizes species alphabetically by botanical name. Use the FloridataGrid page for advanced sorting, filtering and searching of the database.

Plant Tag Lists
Plant Type Tags
One or more "tags", represented as icons, are are assigned to a species to indicate plant form form and type.
Feature Tags
These tags are assigned to a species to summarize characteristics and uses.


House Plants

gerbera daisy
Gerbera Jamesonii

More plants that will brighten your home:
asparagus fern (Protasparagus densiflorus)
bird's nest fern (Asplenium nidus)
common primrose (Primula vulgaris)
cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)
kentia palm (Howea forsteriana)
lollipop plant (Pachystachys lutea)
Meyer lemon (Citrus meyeri)
orange jasmine (Murraya paniculata)
peace lily (Spathiphyllum cultivars)
split-leaf philodendron (Monstera deliciosa)
soap aloe (Aloe saponaria)
staghorn fern (Platycerium spp.)
Venus fly-trap (Dionaea muscipula)

wax plant
Wax Plant

(Hoya carnosa).


(Epipremnum aureum).

Cool Weather Edibles


If I were spending the winter down South I would be planting a winter vegetable garden. I'm in Northern Kentucky now and harsh winter weather has already zapped my veg bed - I'm hoping for an early spring so I can get some salad greens growing again!

More cool-season vegetables:
arugula (Eruca sativa)
garlic (Allium sativum)
leeks (Allium ampeloprasum, Porrum Group)
lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
onions (Allium cepa Cepa Group)
orach (Atriplex hortensis Cepa Group)
peas (Pisum sativum)
radish (Raphanus sativus)
scallions (Allium fistulosum)
spinach (Spinacea oleracea)
turnip (Brassica rapa var. rapifera)

Pastinaca sativa


Brassica oleracea var. acephala


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A Tulip History

It's not too late to plant spring bulbs - and you may be able to pick up some bargains this late in the season. Save a few of your new bulbs to force into bloom over the winter. I grew beautiful pink 'Don Quixote' indoors last winter. It took about 7 weeks for them to bloom but the brilliant blossoms were worth the wait! Click to read A Tulip History.

More spring-flowering bulbs that are planted in autumn (now!):
crocus (Crocus spp.)
daffodil (Narcissus spp.)
grape hyacinth (Muscari spp.)
hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis)
snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
tulip (Tulipa spp.)
winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

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