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Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Fruit
According to Wikipedia American tank-driving soldiers will not eat apricots, allow apricots onto their vehicles and often will not even say the word apricot. This superstition stems from Sherman tank breakdowns purportedly happening in the presence of cans of apricots.
Persea americana (Lauraceae).
Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Fruit
A subtropical citrus fruit with white, pink and red pulps of varying sweetness.
The mango is indigenous to the Indian Subcontinent. It is sweet and depending on the cultivar can be pulpy.
Belongs to the Populus genus. This large deciduous tree has three native species to North American, Europe and Asian. It is also known as a poplar tree.
Commonly known as the Californian Redwood. They are native to the coastal region of California and in Oregon.
Native to north-western South America, this tree is known for it's sap - used for treating diarrhea, insect bites, inflammation and wounds.
Plants. Trachycarpus fortunei, commonly known as Chusan Palm, Windmill Palm or Chinese Windmill Palm is a palm native to central and eastern China, where it is one of the hardiest palm species in the world. The hemp or windmill palm is a fine evergreen Himalayan palm, medium-sized in gardens but ultimately 10-12m (33-40ft) after a century or so in a good climate. It is the hardiest of the trachycarpus species, and thrives in mild seaside gardens, where it flowers and seeds itself freely, adding tropical flair to planting schemes. Elsewhere it requires the shelter of a warm wall to protect it from frost and the cold winds which can shred its huge fan-shaped leaves. In cold gardens, it is best grown as a container plant. It grows to 15 m tall on a single stem up to 20-35 cm diameter. The trunk is very rough with the persistent leaf bases clasping the stem as layers of coarse fibrous material. It is a fan palm (Arecaceae under family Corypheae, tribe Livistoneae, subtribe Rhapidinae), with the leaves with the long petiole bare except for two rows of small spines, terminating in a rounded fan of numerous leaflets; each leaf is 140-190 cm long, with the petiole 60-100 cm long, and the leaflets up to 90 cm long with ragged drooping tips. Some specimens are seen with leaf segments having drooping and others straight tips. Both variations were formerly considered to be distinct species and received the names of Trachycarpus excelsa (stiff tips) and Trachycarpus fortunei (drooping tips). The latter species was described by William Jackson Hooker in 1860. Later both species were subsumed under the common name of Trachycarpus excelsa. As this name became invalid in 1931 the species adopted the current valid name of Trachycarpus fortunei (Hook.) H. Wendl. This palm was brought from Japan (Dejima) to Europe by the German physician Philipp Franz von Siebold in 1830 some 15 years before it became more commonly known as the Chusan Palm after Robert Fortune had brought some plants and seeds from China to England.
Practiced for centuries in China and Japan, bonsai is the reproduction of natural tree forms in miniature. Bonsai trees are living miniature trees which increase in beauty and value as they mature over the years. Bonsai (Japanese: 盆栽. Chinese: 盆景), is the art of aesthetic miniaturization of trees by growing them in containers. While mostly associated with the Japanese form, bonsai originated in China and was originally developed from Chinese penjing. In Western culture, the word bonsai is used as an umbrella term for both Japanese bonsai, Chinese penjing (盆景), and Korean bunjae (분재).
Oaks can be separated into three groups, sometimes considered subgenera: white oaks (Leucobalanus) and red or black oaks (Erythrobalanus) have the scales of the acorn cups spirally arranged; in the third group (Cyclobalanus) the scales are fused into concentric rings. White oaks have smooth, non-bristle-tipped leaves, occasionally with glandular margins. Their acorns mature in one season, have sweet-tasting seeds, and germinate within a few days after their fall. Red or black oaks have bristle-tipped leaves, hairy-lined acorn shells, and bitter fruits, which mature at the end of the second growing season. Oaks have spirally arranged leaves, with a lobed margin in many species; some have serrated leaves or entire leaves with a smooth margin. The flowers are catkins, produced in spring. The fruit is a nut called an acorn, borne in a cup-like structure known as a cupule; each acorn contains one seed (rarely two or three) and takes 6-18 months to mature, depending on species. The live oaks (oaks with evergreen leaves) are not a distinct group, instead with their members scattered among the sections below.
A pine is a coniferous tree of the genus Pinus, in the family Pinaceae. There are about 115 species of pine, although different authors accept anything from 105 to 125 species. Pines are evergreen and resinous. The bark of most pines is thick and scaly, but some species have thin, flaking bark. The branches are produced in regular pseudowhorls, actually a very tight spiral but appearing like a ring of branches arising from the same point. Many pines are uninodal, producing just one such whorl of branches each year, from buds at the tip of the year's new shoot, but others are multinodal, producing two or more whorls of branches per year. The spiral growth of branches, needles and cone scales are arranged in Fibonacci number ratios. The new spring shoots are sometimes called candles; they are light-colored and point upward at first, then later darken and spread outward. These candles offer foresters a means to evaluate fertility of the soil and vigour of the trees.
Any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Sorbus, in the rose family (Rosaceae), native to the Northern Hemisphere. They are widely cultivated as ornamentals for their white flower clusters and brightly coloured fruits. Most noteworthy are the American mountain ash (S. americana; see photograph), also called dogberry, and the European mountain ash (S. aucuparia), also called rowan, or quickbeam. Both are handsome trees, the European growing to 18 m (60 feet), twice the height of the American species, and yielding several cultivated varieties popular in landscaping. The rowans are plants of the Family Rosaceae, in the Genus Sorbus, Subgenus Sorbus. They are native throughout the cool temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, with the highest species diversity in the mountains of western China and the Himalaya, where numerous apomictic microspecies occur.
Junipers are coniferous plants in the genus Juniperus of the cypress family Cupressaceae. Depending on taxonomic viewpoint, there are between 50-67 species of juniper, widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere, from the Arctic, south to tropical Africa in the Old World, and to the mountains of Central America in the New World. Junipers vary in size and shape from tall trees, 20-40 m tall, to columnar or low spreading shrubs with long trailing branches. They are evergreen with either needle-like and/or scale-like leaves. They can be either monoecious or dioecious.
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