|Indoor Trees with a challenge|
|Indoor Trees with a challenge|
Citrofortunella mitis and other trees
(syn. Citrus mitis)
Calamondin Orange/Panama Orange Widely-known citrus fruit — usually sold as Citrus mitis - for growing indoors, in greenhouses and conservatories, as it flowers and bears fruits while still small. Highly-scented white flowers are borne throughout the year and followed by round. Fruits that slowly change from dark green to orange-yellow.
Citrus Union 'Meyeri' (syn. Citrus meyeri) Chinese Dwarf Lemon/Dwarf Lemon/ Meyer Lemon
This is i dwarf lemon, ideal as a houseplant but especially suitable for growing in greenhouses or conserv ones. It has dark green leaves and highly scented, red-flushed, white flowers in spring and early summer. The fruits are dark green at first and take many months to ripen, but don't expect them to be anything but ornamental.
There is not such a great variety of miniature shrubs and deciduous trees as the conifers, but a number of Interesting and attractive kinds are available. Cassiope lycopodioides has semi-prostrate branchlets, densely covered with minute stemlese leaves and single pure white bell flowers which swing from erect, reddish stems. C. tatragona is similar in foliage and flower, but erect and pyramidal in habit. They are both handsome plants that do well in semi-shade. Corokia cotoneastar is a quaint shrub with slender branches, all twisted and interlaced. The small, widely spaced leaves are dark green above, silver below; the yellow flowers are delicately fragrant
Erica vulgaris foxii nana, a true miniature heather, has rosy-lilac flowers. Grevilea alpina is very attractive, with slender grey-green leaves and decorative flowers of bright pink. Helichrysutn selago minor has minute grey-green stemlese leaves overlapping each other, in a whipcord effect, the branches terminating in small
white 'everlasting' flowers. Jasminum parkari is a true miniature jasmine with stiff branchlets, dark green leaves and scented yellow flowers, followed by black shining seed heads. Leiophyllum buxifolium is an evergreen bush with small glossy leaves and clusters of minute flowers, deep pink in the bud, opening out to white. Leptospermum scoparium prostratum is a beautiful shrub with tiny leaves and flowers of rich pink. There are several miniature Saiix (willows) and one of the best is Salix boydii, extremely slow-growing with erect branchlets and unusual leaves of silvery-grey which are rounded and crinkled. S. herbacea (the least willow) creeps close to the ground, with bright green leaves and microscopic yellow catkins. S. retusa pyrenaica is semi-prostrate with oval leaves and erect crimson catkins which turn yellow as the stamens develop. S serpyllifolia is prostrate, the branches hugging the ground; the leaves are small and the yellow catkins minute. Ulmus parvifolia is a true miniature elm which is deciduous; it has spreading, sometimes pendulous branches and tiny dark glossy leaves. Zelkova nivaa, a Japanese elm species, is similar in habit, but the leaves are larger, pale green with a creamy margin. Both the Ulmus and Zelkova are most desirable shrubs, but they may require pruning to keep them shapely.