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Plant Group

Broadleaf Evergreens

Broadleaf evergreens include both herbaceous and woody species

They maintain green leaves year-round. Examples include magnolias, wax myrtle, holly, and live oaks. Each species of broadleaf evergreen tree or shrub is unique. The first flower on a Southern magnolia might look a little different than the first flower on an Oregon grape. Conifers, while also evergreens, have significant differences in flowering and fruiting phenophases and are, therefore, their own plant group in Budburst.

Phenology Status

Life events for this group of plants revolve around flowering and fruiting. All plants are unique and the first ripe fruit phenophase for one broadleaf evergreen may look different than that of another.


No Flowers

No flowers visible.

First Flower

First flowers are fully open (stamens/pistils are visible) on at least three branches. When open, flowers on wind-pollinated plants will release yellow pollen dust when touched.

Early Flowering

Only a few flowers have emerged (less than 5%).

Middle Flowering

Half or more of the flowers are fully open or releasing pollen on three or more branches.

Late Flowering

Most flowers have wilted or fallen off (over 95%).

Fruits or Seeds

No Ripe Fruit

No ripe fruits or seeds visible.

First Ripe Fruit

First fruits becoming fully ripe or seeds dropping naturally from the plant on three or more branches. Ripening is usually indicated by a change in color to the mature color, or by drying and splitting open (for dry fruits such as capsules).

Early Fruiting

Only a few ripe fruits or seeds are visible (less than 5%).

Middle Fruiting

Half or more of the fruits are completely ripe or seeds are dropping naturally from the plant.

Late Fruiting

Most fruits or seeds have been dispersed from the plant (over 95%).

Find a Budburst Broadleaf Evergreen Species

Here are some examples of Broadleaf Evergreen species

  1. California buckwheat
  2. Oak mistletoe
  3. Toyon

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