Plant Introductions by Suncrest Nurseries

One of the major elements of our work at Suncrest has been the testing and introduction of promising new plants for the enrichment of California gardens. This work has proceeded on several fronts. We select interesting California natives in the wild; make deliberate hybrids among our favorite plant groups in the nursery; choose superior individuals and strains from seedling batches; and make enthusiastic use of serendipity, in which new plants just "appear", thanks to the work of bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

You'll find a current listing of Suncrest introductions below, together with capsule descriptions. Use the page numbers at the bottom of the display to browse the full list. Click on any of the names that strike your fancy to see a fuller display of plant characteristics, cultural requirements and tolerances, and a picture if one is available. You'll also find a flyer on Suncrest introductions available from the Publications page.

Plant Name Capsule Description
Penstemon gloxinioides 'Lavender Belle' TM To 3 feet. Wide leaves; bright red purple flowers, white throat.
Penstemon gloxinioides 'Midnight' Wintergreen Nursery selection. 2-3 feet, bushy; dark green leaves, large purple flowers.
Penstemon gloxinioides 'Painted Lady' TM Flowers are bright rosy red-violet, with red-lined white throat. Deep red splash on lower lip.
Penstemon newberryi var. sonomensis 'St. Helena' Choice rock garden shrublet; green leaves, bright red flowers.
Philadelphus lewisii 'Covelo' Wintergreen Nursery selection. 4-8 feet high and wide. Bushy with arching stems. Fragrant white flowers.
Philadelphus lewisii 'Goose Creek' Native mock-orange; fragrant double white flowers.
Philadelphus microphyllus 'Desert Snow' 4-5 feet. Twiggy. Felted leaves. Fragrant white flowers, summer.
Phormium 'Green Glow' 4-5 feet. Wide lush green leaves. Robust. Suncrest Nurseries introduction.
Phormium 'Lady in Red' Suncrest selection. 4-5 feet. Reddish bronze wide leaves; graceful drooping tips.
Phormium 'Pancho's Sport' 4 feet. Chocolate-green center, creamy yellow edges. Erect habit.
Phyllostachys edulis (P. pubescens) 'Shining Light' Moso bamboo; stems to 30 feet+; sprays of large, shiny leaves.
Physocarpus capitatus 'Siskiyou Beauty' Ninebark. Leafy shrub to 6 feet; heads of white flowers. CA native.
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Buddy Gorman' Suncrest Nurseries selection. Upright, dense, with bright green leaves.
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Harley Botanica' Small leaves have lime center, darker edges. Black stems.
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Mrs. Gorman' Suncrest selection. 3-4 feet. Very dense, dwarf globe. Dark green leaves.
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Pirouette' PP#22024 15 feet or more, sturdy and erect. Upswept branches, large pale yellow-variegated leaves.
Rehmannia elata 'Rose Glow' Suncrest hybrids. 2 feet+; coarse basal leaves; large foxglove-like magenta flowers.
Rehmannia elata 'Snow Glow' Suncrest hybrids. Basal leaves; large white bells, lined yellow in throat.
Rhododendron occidentale--Goat Mountain strain Western azalea; 6 feet; fragrant white flowers, purplish leaves.
Rhododendron occidentale--Smith River strain Western azalea; 6 feet; large fragrant white flowers with pink and yellow markings.