Plant Profiles

Heirloom plant profiles. Categories include edible, fiber, medicinal and ornamental.

The Wild Apple Tree

By Jonathan Drori

Kazakhstan's wild apple tree holds an insight to apple ancestry and a rooted hope for renewed genetic diversity in apple propagation.


The White Willow Tree

By Jonathan Drori

Despite being associated with sadness in literature and language, the willow is a resilient tree with a rich history.


The Leyland Cypress

By Jonathan Drori

Frequently used as a natural fence between neighbors, the Leyland Cypress has become a point of contention and a status of class in suburban England.


Dragon’s Blood Tree

By Jonathan Drori

An island off the Horn of Africa holds root to a tree with an ominous crown and vein-like branches that trickle a dark-red resin. The Dracaena cinnabari had bled a name for itself in history with legends of dragons and magic.


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Yaupon Tree

By Jonathan Drori

Used to make a signature black tea by Native Americans, yaupon’s appeal as a caffeinated drink rose and fell due to an unfortunate name given to it by Europeans.


Heirloom Apples: An American Classic

A look at the history of a Vermont apple orchard that dates back to the late 1700s, and how the orchard manager began to revive the apples trees on the sorely neglected property when a historic preservation trust acquired in in the mid-1990s.


How to Care for a Holiday Cactus

By Samantha Johnson

With a little know-how and some careful timing, you can keep your Christmas or Thanksgiving cactus blooming year after year.


Family Heirlooms: Crocuses, Violets, Camilla, and Lemon Trees

By HERILOOM GARDENER EDITORS

Readers share stories of treasured family plants passed down for generations, including lemon trees and sweet violets.



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