Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Plant gems from China.

Abstract

Numerous plants native in China thrive in landscapes across the USA. Chinese plant germplasm has been continuously introduced to the USA and used in breeding and selection. So many new cultivars with Chinese genetics have been introduced in the landscape plant market. The Chinese love plants and particularly enjoy 10 "traditionally famous flowers", i.e. lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), sweet olive (Osmanthus fragrans), peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), azalea (Rhododendron spp.), chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.), mei flower (Prunus mume), daffodil (Narcissus spp.), rose (Rosa spp.), camellia (Camellia spp.) and cymbidium (Cymbidium spp.). Public and university breeders have focused on these taxa. In addition, many species and cultivars commonly grown in China may be of interest to growers and landscape professionals in the USA, which is the focus of this manuscript.