The Latin Series: G is for Glabra

Rhus glabra picture by natural landscapes nursery

Lets learn another latin word shall we (*I know you thought I have given up– but no– I am determined to learn more myself and  make sure you all become a little more plant-ucated as well).   So next up is Glabra… which means smooth.

As usual, the latin notation has a tendency to describe the feature that is different.  So for example — typically Ilex (holly) has pointy holly-shaped leaves — but Ilex glabra has smooth rounded leaves (kind of like boxwood).

Similarly — my current obsession with Rhus glabra — it is unique (near as I can tell) because it has smooth bark.  I desperately want some of these seed heads and their red leaves in my garden this fall…
image from natural landscape nursery

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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