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PLANT NAMES
  Botanical names translated to common plant names
Common practice in the green industry calls for professionals to use formal botanical names for plants. For many novice gardeners this can be prove to be quite confusing, and become a great challenge to memorize the genus and species of all the various plants.  
There is good reason to use formal names for plants. Common names can be vague and often apply to more than one variety of plant. Formal botanical names are very plant specific and thereby eliminate confusion.

We've created this webpage to help translate common plant names to botanical names, and visa versa. Even plant professionals have to reference this sort of translation on occasion, so hopefully it will serve as a valuable tool to all who visit here.
  
   INDEX

Alphabetical by Common Name

Alder Alnus
Almond, Pink Flowering Prunus glandulosa
Althea Rose of Sharon
American Cranberry Vaccinum
Amur Corktree Phellodendron
Andromeda Pieris
Aralia Acanthopanax
Arborvitae Thuja
Ash Fraxinus
Aspen, European Populus
Autumn Olive Elaeagnus
Azalea Azalea
Bald Cypress Taxodium
Barberry Berberis
Bayberry Myrica
Bearberry Arctostaphylos
Beautybush Kolkwitzia
Beebalm Monarda
Beech Fagus
Birch Betula
Bishop's Weed Aegopodium
Bittersweet Celastrus
Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia
Blanket Flower Gaillardia
Bleeding Heart Dicentra
Blue Spirea Caryopteris
Border Pink Dianthus
Boston Ivy Parthenocissus
Boxwood Buxus
Bronzeleaf Honeysuckle Diervilla
Broom Genista
Buckthorn Rhamnus
Bugleweed Ajuga
Burning Bush Euonymus
Butterfly Bush Buddleia
Candles of Heaven Yucca
Candytuft Iberis
Carolina Silverbell Halesia
Catalpa Catalpa
Catmint Nepeta
Cherry Prunus
Chokeberry Aronia
Cinquefoil Potentilla
Coffee Tree Gymnocladus
Columbine Aquilegia
Coneflower Echinacea
Coral Bells Heuchera
Coralberry Symphoricarpos
Coreopsis Coreopsis
Cotoneaster Cotoneaster
Crabapple Malus
Cranberrybush Viburnum
Cranesbill Geranium
Currant Ribes
Cypress, False Chamaecyparis
Cypress, Siberian Microbiota
Daphne Daphne
Dawn Redwood Metasequoia
Daylily Hemerocallis
Dogwood Cornus
Dutchman's Pipe Aristolochia
English Ivy Hedera
Elm Ulmus
False Cypress Chamaecyparis
Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis
Filbert Corylus
Firethorn Pyracantha
Flags Iris
Forsythia Forsythia
Fothergilla Fothergilla
Fountain Grass Pennisetum
Giant Reed Arundo
Grape Holly Mahonia
Hackberry Celtis
Hair Grass Deschampsia
Hawthorn Crataegus
Heath Erica
Hemlock Tsuga
Holly Ilex
Honeylocust Gleditsia
Honeysuckle Lonicera
Hophornbeam Ostrya
Hornbeam Carpinus
Houttuynia Houttuynia
Hydrangea Hydrangea
Hypericum Hypericum
Indian Grass Sorghastrum
Ivy - English Hedera
Japanese Anemone Anemone
Japanese Blood Grass Imperata
Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum
Kentucky Coffee Tree Gymnocladus
Lavender Lavandula
Leucothoe Leucothoe
Lilac Syringa
Lily Lilium
Lily Turf Liriope
Linden Tilia
Locust Robinia
London Plane Tree Platanus
Lungwort Pulmonaria
Lupine Lupinus
Magnolia Magnolia
Maiden Grass Miscanthus
Maple Acer
Meadow Sage Salvia
Meadow Sweet Astilbe
Mondo Grass Ophiopogon
Moor Grass Molinia
Mountain Ash Sorbus
Myrtle Vinca
Oak Quercus
Oat Grass Helictorichion
Obedient Plant Physostegia
Oregon Grape Holly Mahonia
Pachysandra Pachysandra
Pampas Grass Cortaderia
Pear Pyrus
Peony Paeonia
Phlox Phlox
Pincushion Flower Scabiosa
Pine Pinus
Pinks Dianthus
Plane Tree Platanus
Plantain Lily Hosta
Plum Prunus
Plumbago Ceratostigma
Plume Grass Erianthus
Poplar Populus
Privet Ligustrum
Pussy Willow Salix
Quince Chaenomeles
Ragwort Ligularia
Redbud Cercis
Reed Grass Calamagrostis
Rhododendron Rhododendron
Ribbon Grass Phalaris
Rose Rosa
Rose of Sharon Althea
Russian Olive Elaeagnus
Russian Sage Perovskia
Sandcherry Prunus
Serviceberry Amelanchier
Shadblow Amelanchier
Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum
Silver Lace Vine Polygonum
Silver Mound Artemesia
Silverbell Halesia
Smoketree Cotinus
Speedwell Veronica
Spruce Picea
Stonecrop Sedum
Sumac Rhus
Summersweet Clethra
Sweetfern Comptonia
Sweet Flag Acorus
Sweet Gum Liquidambar
Sweetspire Itea
Switch Grass Panicum
Sycamore Platanus
Trumpetcreeper Campsis
Walking Stick - Harry Lauder Corylus
Weigela Weigela
Willow Salix
Winterberry Ilex
Wintercreeper Euonymus
Wisteria Wisteria
Witch Hazel Hamamelis
Yarrow Achillea
Yew Taxus
Zelkova Zelkova

 

Alphabetical by Botanical Name

Abies Spruce
Acanthopanax Aralia
Acer Maple
Achillea Yarrow
Acorus Sweet Flag
Aegopodium Bishop's Weed
Ajuga Bugle Weed
Alnus Alder
Althea Rose of Sharon
Amelanchier Serviceberry
Anemone Japanese Anemone
Aquilegia Columbine
Arctostaphylos Bearberry
Aristolochia Dutchman's Pipe
Aronia Chokeberry
Artemesia Silver Mound
Arundo Giant Reed
Astilbe Meadow Sweet
Berberis Barberry
Betula Birch
Buddleia Butterfly Bush
Buxus Boxwood
Calamagrostis Reed Grass
Campsis Trumpetcreeper
Carpinus Hornbeam
Caryopteris Blue Spirea
Catalpa Catalpa
Celastrus Bittersweet
Celtis Hackberry
Ceratostigma Plumbago
Cercidiphyllum Katsura Tree
Cercis Redbud
Chaenomeles Quince
Chamaecyparis False Cypress
Clethra Summersweet
Comptonia Sweetfern
Coreopsis Coreopsis
Cornus Dogwood
Cortaderia Pampas Grass
Corylus Walking Stick - Harry Lauder
Cotinus Smoketree
Cotoneaster Cotoneaster
Crataegus Hawthorn
Daphne Daphne
Deschampsia Hair Grass
Dianthus Pinks
Dicentra Bleeding Heart
Diervilla Bronzeleaf Honeysuckle
Echinacea Coneflower
Elaeagnus Olive, Russian & Autumn
Elymus Lyme Grass
Erianthus Plume Grass
Erica Heath
Euonymus Burning Bush, Wintercreeper
Fagus Beech
Festuca Fescue
Forsythia Forsythia
Fothergilla Fothergilla
Fraxinus Ash
Gaillardia Blanket Flower
Genista Broom
Geranium Cranesbill
Gleditsia Honeylocust
Gymnocladus Kentucky Coffee Tree
Halesia Silverbell
Hamamelis Witch Hazel
Hedera English Ivy
Helictorichion Oat Grass
Hemerocallis Daylily
Heuchera Coral Bells
Hibiscus Althea, Rose Mallow
Hosta Plaintain Lily
Houttuynia Houttuynia
Hydrangea Hydrangea
Hypericum Hypericum
Iberis Candytuft
Ilex Holly
Imperata Japanese Blood Grass
Iris Flags
Itea Sweetspire
Juniperus Juniper
Kolkwitzia Beautybush
Lavandula Lavender
Leucanthemum Shasta Daisy
Leucothoe Leucothoe
Ligularia Ragwort
Ligustrum Privet
Lilium Lily
Liquidambar Sweet Gum
Liriope Lily Turf
Lonicera Honeysuckle
Lupinus Lupine
Magnolia Magnolia
Mahonia Oregon Grape
Malus Crabapple
Metasequoia Dawn Redwood
Microbiota Siberian Cypress
Miscanthus Maiden Grass
Molinia Moor Grass
Monarda Beebalm
Myrica Bayberry
Nepeta Catmint
Ophiopogon Mondo Grass
Ostrya Hophornbeam
Pachysandra Pachysandra
Paeonia Peony
Panicum Switch Grass
Parthenocissus Boston Ivy
Pennisetum Fountain Grass
Perovskia Russian Sage
Phalaris Ribbon Grass
Phellodendron Amur Corktree
Phlox Phlox
Physostegia Obedient Plant
Picea Spruce
Pieris Andromeda
Pinus Pine
Platanus Sycamore or Plane Tree
Polygonum Fleeceflower
Populus Poplar
Potentilla Cinquefoil
Prunus Almond, Plum, Cherry
Pulmonaria Lungwort
Pyracantha Firethorn
Pyrus Pear
Quercus Oak
Rhamnus Buckthorn
Rhododendron Rhododendron
Rhus Sumac
Ribes Currant
Rosa Rose
Rudbekia Black-Eyed Susan
Salix Willow
Salvia Meadow Sage
Scabiosa Pincushion
Sedum Stonecrop
Sorbus Mountain Ash
Sorghastrum Indian Grass
Spiraea Spirea
Symphoricarpos Coralberry
Syringa Lilac
Taxodium Bald Cypress
Taxus Yew
Thuja Arborvitae
Tilia Linden
Tsuga Hemlock
Ulmus Elm
Vaccinum American Cranberry
Veronica Speedwell
Viburnum Cranberrybush
Vinca Mrytle
Weigela Weigela
Wisteria Wisteria
Yucca Candles of Heaven
Zelkova Zelkova

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