Trees & Shrubs: Most Popular Articles
One of the most familiar genera of trees is maple (Acer). These trees and shrubs are famous for their fall colors and delicious syrup.
Lavender is a fun plant to prune, and a forgiving one. The key is to know that the plant tries to form weak wood at its center, and to slow down this process. this article tells you how and when to prune heavily to keep your plant alive and flowering its heaviest for as many years as possible.
Add color to your landscape with holly trees and shrubs. They are often evergreen and feature fruit that stays on in winter.
Pine trees are evergreen conifers that are in the Pinus genus. Learn about 40 different species.
Have you every stopped to think and wonder if bananas have seeds? Learn how these trees reproduce.
Willow trees and shrubs are filed in the Salix genus. These plants do best in moist soil. Meet 12 species of willow trees and shrubs.
In this guide to pruning lavenders, popular varieties of lavender are listed and matched up to their identifying type of flower spike, with a brief strategy given for pruning each popular type.
Spruce trees are evergreen conifers that are given the genus name of Picea.
Many Christmas trees are chosen from the fir tree genus, Abies. Meet 12 species of these conifers.
Take a tour of 12 species of juniper trees and shrubs that you can find around the world.
Ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) can be used as shade, lawn and street trees. They feature opposite branching and compound leaves.
See pictures and basic growing facts for 19 weeping trees.
Meet 12 species of the beautiful Magnolia genus. These trees and shrubs feature beautiful flowers that will liven up your garden every spring.
One of the most popular plants featuring reddish-purple leaves is the purple leaf plum. Learn more about planting one in your garden.
Birch trees belong to the genus Betula. Their beautiful bark and leaves make them a common choice for the landscape. This list features 12 birch trees and shrubs.
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
There are many different fragrance choices if you use essential oils to make scented pine cones. Learn how you can make some at home.
Purple leaves on trees and shrubs are a great way to add a distinctive color to the garden.
Is the Amur maple the right choice for your landscape? Learn more in this growing profile.
Dogwoods are a great choice for the home landscape. They offer splashes of color in every season. Learn more about 12 species of dogwood trees, shrubs and subshrubs.
Many species in Angophora, Corymbia and Eucalyptus may be called a gum tree. Learn more about these (usually) Australian natives.
Have you ever wondered how you can know if a plant is a tree or a shrub? Find out here.
Learn how to grow the tropical banana tree in your own yard.
The angel's trumpet features gorgeous trumpet-shaped blooms which will create a beautiful focal point for your tropical garden.
Can you grow apples from seeds? The short answer is yes. The more important question is whether you would want to grow apples from seeds.
See pictures and facts about 31 different acacia tree and shrub species. Another name for this type of plant is wattle.
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
Fig trees are tropical (for the most part) and belong to the Ficus genus. Learn about some of these fascinating species.
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
This article covers the basics of rose pruning and is a jump-off point to articles with more detail and specific types of roses.
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine.
Plant nodes and the internodes that connect them are critical parts of all plants that gardeners need to know about for pruning and grafting. Learn why nodes are important, and figure out how to find these parts of the plant on your own.
There's a chill creeping into the air. The leaves are changing colors. Winter is just around the corner. Now is the time to think about properly watering your trees in autumn to help ensure against damage in the winter.
See pictures and facts for 16 common citrus fruits.
With thousands of trees and shrubs existing in nature, it's easy to see why you might not know the name of a tree or shrub. There are ways you can identify your plant and care for it properly.
Purple smoke bush is often used as a garden specimen due to the purple-pink plumes and the purple leaves on some cultivars. It is highly drought tolerant.
Climbing roses can cover anything. This article will show you how to select main stems and tie them to a trellis or wall to make a huge summer impact in tough places in your garden.
Guanabana is also called soursop. It is related to the cherimoya, custard apple, and sweetsop. Page 27.
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) offers brightly colored fruit that ripens during the fall. Learn how to grow this superfruit in your own garden.
These shrubs can grow in part shade at least, and some can grow in full shade.
Deciduous conifers are unique trees that sport features of both deciduous and coniferous trees. Learn what characteristics they share here.
The vine leaf maple comes from Japan and features leaves with three leaflets.
Set your tropical garden ablaze by planting a cape honeysuckle. Learn some of the basic growing requirements for this shrub.
The jaboticaba is eaten fresh or made into jellies, jams, and juices. Page 29.
A whimsical photo journey through the wonderful world of tropical fruits. From açaí to tamarind, there's sure to be a fruit for everyone.
Landscaping a full shade area can be difficult. Use this guide to learn about 12 different trees that may work in your garden.
Trees and shrubs can evoke many memories and emotions. Whether you remember the joy of picking nectarines, the heady aroma of blooming lilacs, or a swing in a majestic oak, trees and shrubs affect us all. With careful consideration of the following steps, you can choose the right ones for your location and avoid frustrations and financial losses.
The fig tree is one of the oldest cultivated fruit trees - over 5000 years. Page 23.
Jujube can have a taste similar to apples or dates, depending on how ripe they are. Page 31.
In the plant reproductive process, seeds form inside the ovary after pollination.There are some fruits where it appears that the seeds are carried on the outside, but this simply isn't true.
Tri Color Beech is a striking tree that you won't soon forget. It is often used as a specimen tree due to its variegated leaves that may come in many shades of green, pink, and white. They later turn copper in the fall.
The jackfruit is the largest edible tree fruit in the world. Page 30.
The tulip tree can be used to provide shade in your garden. It has uniquely shaped leaves and flowers with interesting coloring.
Shrubs roses are the most varied group, but are still less complex to prune than hybrid teas. The Knock Out roses are included in the shrub roses. There are three types based on how much they grow and how much they need to be cut back. This article will help you know how to categorize and tackle your shrub rose.
For a smaller tree with beautiful bark, choose the paperbark maple (Acer griseum).
: What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes? : Not much. As far as horticulture is concerned,
If you like the look of hibiscus but live in a cooler region, choose the rose of Sharon.
Viburnums are handsome shrubs and small trees that produce lovely flowers. Learn more about 12 of these species.
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Learn the flower parts with this handy diagram. Each one is defined and noted on the picture.
The weeping blue Atlas cedar will create a focal point in your garden since it has twisted weeping branches and blue-green needles.
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this in your garden
Dawn Redwood is a deciduous conifer that can be used as a shade tree. Learn more about growing this stately tree.
When you graft, you always graft a scion to the top of a rootstock. A what to a what? This basic article explains the terms “scion,” “rootstock,” and why both are important.
Kiwi fruit are a good source of nutrients, being high in Vitamins A,C,and E. Page 33.
Feijoa is also known as pineapple guava. Page 22.
Finger bananas are about the size of your thumb and sweeter than standard bananas. Page 24.
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
This small evergreen shrub works well for both residential and commercial landscapes.
The Japanese maple is a small graceful tree that is a staple of Japanese gardens. There are thousands of cultivars available for sale.
The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is best grown in tropical and subtropical gardens. It features gorgeous purple blossoms.
You can make simple glitter pine cone ornaments for your Christmas tree. This is a great pine cone craft to do with children.
Kei apple is an African fruit that is a great source of Vitamin C. Page 32.
Enjoy the glorious scent that jasmine shrubs and vines produce when you plant one of these species.
Dragon fruit flesh can be bright white or deep magenta. Page 20.
Many parts of the red maple are indeed red.
Longan is also called dragon's eye because of the white pulp and single black seed. Page 34.
The grosella fruits are generally too sour to eat, but can be cooked. Page 26.
Hardy bananas allow you to add banana trees to your temperate garden.
There are ways available to make your soil more acidic if needed.
Ginkgo biloba has fan-shaped leaves that flutter beautifully in the wind. Grow this living fossil in your home garden.
Have your kids help make these simple pine cone bird feeders with you at home. These will help make your yard more bird-friendly.
Here are the maps for the new 2012 USDA Hardiness Zones. Find yours so you can pick plants suited to your location.
Latin Name: Durio zibethinus Other Names: Civet fruit Type: Tree Native to: Malaysia and Borneo Fruit:
Sweetsop is also called the sugar apple. Page 58.
Tamarillo is known as the tree tomato, which what you will get if you order one from those ads. Page 59.
Not many trees feature opposite branching, so this can be a key characteristic for identification. Learn which trees sport this type of branching.
Latin Name: Annona cherimola Other Names: Custard Apple (the name is shared by several species), Chirimoya,
The cashew apple is not a true fruit. The actual fruit is the gray nut on top. Page 13.
One facet of tree and shrub identification is the arrangement of the leaves on the stem. There are three basic types of leaf arrangements: alternate, opposite and whorled.
Elm trees (Ulmus) are popular trees that have faced many problems due to Dutch elm disease. Learn more about 20 of these species, including ones that are resistant to this disease.
Fuchsia berries are edible and used in jams. Page 25.
You may think that gum comes from gum trees (also known as eucalyptus), but would you be right?
Learn how to grow sugar maple, a common source of sap for maple syrup making.
If you live in a tropical or subtropical place and love red flowers, the royal poinciana (Delonix regia) is the tree for you!
Use these maps from around the world to determine what USDA zone your country falls under.
Passion Fruit has two varieties - purple and yellow. The yellow variety is called lilikoi in Hawaii. Page 47.
Serviceberry trees and shrubs feature flowers that are (usually) white along with dark purple pome fruits. They are a favorite for native and wildlife gardens.
Star apples have a core that looks like a star when cut. Page 57.
When you buy a plant, the seller usually won’t know if it has been grafted or not, leaving you to guess. This list of commonly grafted plants will help you guess.
For a small tree with a spectacular fall leaf palette, plant Parrotia persica.
One beautiful drought tolerant shrub is the strawberry tree, which features dainty flowers and colorful round fruits.
If you live in an area that is tropical or subtropical, try growing your own avocado tree.
Dates can be eaten fresh or made into pastes, juices and syrups. Page 19.
Rambutans are red and covered in soft, hairy spines. Page 52.
The name custard apple is used for several related fruits. Page 18.
The marang is related to the breadfruit and jackfruit. Page 40.
Carob is a tropical fruit that is often used as a substitute for chocolate. Page 12.
The pomegranate is a tasty fruit that is full of antioxidants. Page 51.
These ten trees will help attract hummingbirds to your garden. These inquisitive little birds zip around from flower to flower in search of nectar.
The Austrian pine (Pinus nigra) is a hardy tree that is a survivor. Use this tree in your difficult landscape spots.
In Europe, most pine nuts come from the Italian stone pine. Learn how to grow one in your garden.
The mango is likely the most popular fruit in the world. Page 38.
Citrus fruit comes in many different shapes and sizes. Page 15.
The “rule of one-third” in pruning is a limit to how much you should take off at one time. It’s also a goal you can boldly shoot for when thinning a shrub to give it good shape.
Suckers are extra mouths for your plant to feed, wastes of energy you usually don’t want that grow from your tree or shrub’s roots. Learn how to recognize, understand, and handle them here.
Papaya comes in 2 kinds - Hawaiian and Mexican. Page 46.
The red chokeberry will liven up your garden throughout all four seasons.
Plantains are often fried and not eaten fresh. Page 50.
Paper bark birch is a fast growing tree featuring intriguing white bark that peels away from the trunk. Use this near water sites like rivers.
Traditionally pruned hybrid tea rpses produce very long stems with a single, show-stopping bloom at each end. Learn how to prune them properly.
One way to bring butterflies to your garden is by providing food for their larvae. Choose one of these 12 trees to help feed those hungry caterpillars.
Tree and Shrub Glossary - Definition of Banana Pup
The coconut palm is one of the most familiar tropical fruits. Page 16.
Learn what a samara is and what trees bear them.
The breadfruit is a staple of the Polynesian diet. Page 9.
The hedge maple (Acer campestre is a smaller maple tree species that can be used to form a hedge. It can also be used as a shade or street tree.
Loquats grow in clusters of 4-30 fruits. Page 35.
Rose apples are red and bell-shaped with white flesh. Page 53.
Using a pole saw is a must for the homeowner or gardener that needs to prune a large tree, or remove dead wood. The pole saw is a dangerous tool but can be used safely with discretion and a little guidance.
Should you worry if your tree is bleeding sap? Learn which trees tend to bleed sap and if you need to do anything about it.
Miracle Fruit is popular for the way it makes sour foods taste sweet. Page 41.
Latin Name: Diospyros digyna Other Names: Chocolate Pudding Fruit, Caca-poule, black persimmon Type:
A good dwarf conifer for your garden is the bird's nest spruce. Learn more about growing these shrubs here.
The chaste tree will add purple blossoms to your garden in summer.
The Ugli fruit comes from Jamaica. Page 15.
Latin Name: Averrhoa carambola Other Names: Star fruit Type: Tree Native to: Likely Ceylon and the Moluccas
Pepino is related to tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and tamarillo. Page 48.
Lychee has a red skin that is easily removed, revealing white pulp inside. Page 36.
The New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium) sports pretty blossoms in shades of white, pink or red.
Monstera has a flavor that is said to be like a mix of several other tropical fruits. Page 42.
Recognizing dead wood is the first step to good pruning. Use these tips to recognize dead wood in your shrubs and trees quickly and efficiently so you can practice good pruning even in winter.
Cacao is the source of a favorite food for many - chocolate. Page 10.
Sapodilla tastes like a mix of brown sugar and root beer. Page 56.
Plant this tropical shrub for the edible fruit and starry flowers.
Latin Name: Garcinia mangostana Type: Tree Native to: Malay peninsula Fruit: The mangosteen is 1.33-3"
Latin Name: Salacca zalacca , Salacca edulis Other Names: Snake fruit Type: Palm tree Native to: Java
Dormancy plays a big role in good pruning and successful grafting. This article will teach you what dormancy is and why it happens, and how you use this knowledge in grafting and pruning.
Scented pine cones can be an easy and fun craft to do with your children, especially if you use glue and spices.
The London plane-tree can be found in many cities because of its tolerance for pollution.