SABAL Palmetto “Cabbage Palm”
A popular, slow growing palm with hardiness from North Carolina to Florida. Palmate leaves broad out to 6′, and a trunk that shows 20′ to 90′ of old criss crosses from old leaf bases.
SAMANEA saman “Monkey Pod” , “Rain Tree”
This large tropical tree grows to 80′ and develops a huge spreading canopy which is even wider. Its alternate fern-like leaves are bipinnate with numerous pinnae. The leaves close in late noon and on cloudy days. Can be kept pruned when small and makes an attractive bonsai. Plant at a depth of 3/4″ using soil mixture. Keep warm, damp and in bright light. Fertilize monthly. 10 seeds per packet.
SAPINDUS mukorossi “Soapnut Tree”
A beautiful deciduous large leaved tropical tree from India. The dried fleshy fruits contain saponin which is a good soap substitute. It is used as a washing soap in detergents, shampoos, etc. The large seeds are equal to a medium size marble. The weight of 10 seeds is 1 ounce, and 100 seeds weigh 1lb. Ideal for zone 9, Florida, and California. Plant at 1″ depth in soil mixture. Keep warm, damp, and in bright light. 6 seeds per packet.
SAPONARIA ocymoides “Rock Soapwort”
A beautiful, easy to grow ground cover that is hardy in zones 2 to 7. Its creeping habit makes it especially desirable if planted over a rock wall. Growing up to 8 inches, it has a spread of 3′. An abundance of bright pink flowers develop in June and last usually until August. Grow in full sun or partial shade. Seeds are very small. Broadcast the small seeds on to the surface of well drained loamy soil and moisten – preferably with a mist type of watering until they become established.
SCHINUS molle “California Pepper tree”
Native to Chile. A fast growing ornamental tree that grows to 30′ with graceful weeping branches, feathery pinnate leaves, and produces clusters of attractive rose/red aromatic berries. With time the trunk becomes an enhancing gnarled feature as with an aged olive tree. Subtropical. Easily grown indoors with bright light. Plant at 3/8″ depth in well draining soil mixture. Keep warm, damp and in bright light. 11 seeds per packet.
SCHINUS terebinthifolius “Brazilian Pepper Tree”
Widely grown as an ornamental plant in frost free regions of South America for its foliage and fruit. ?Initially it is a fast growing shrub and later develops as a tree that can reach 35′. ?Its oval leaves have finely toothed margins. ?Masses of very small white flowers and followed by bright red seeds. ?The seeds can be used as a pepper-like spice. ?Makes an interesting indoor specimen if grown in bright light and keep pruned to size. ?10 seeds in packet.
SEQUOIA giganteum “Giant Redwood”
This beautiful redwood conifer is a sister to the California Redwood and is quite similar – differing slightly in its thin leaves and height of 250?. The botanical name of this specie is correctly Sequoiadendron. Unfortunately poor seed germination is a characteristic of the species. 15 seeds per packet.
SEQUOIA sempervirens “California Redwood”
The tallest tree in the world – to 355?. Found in regions from California to Oregon in fairly mild climate with cool soil. Beautiful tree with horizontal branches in flat sprays, needles deep green/bluish with a delicate appearance. The small seeds unfortunately have a characteristically low germination. 25 seeds per packet.
Known for its large showy yellow flowers this shrubby tree grows to 6′ or more. It is used as a cover crop and green manuring plant, and occasionally used in the production of industrial rope as the plant fibers are quite strong. Plant at 1/2″ depth using well draining soil mixture. Keep warm, damp and in bright light.
Most Sesbania are grown for their ornamental value having showy papilionaceous flowers. This multi branched small tree that can reach 18′ and has numerous thin oblong leaflet and produces flowers that are swollen – yellow to red-purple. May be easily pruned to desired height. Plant at 1/2″ depth in well draining soil mix. Keep damp, warm and in bright light.11 seeds per packet.