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Trees & Shrubs: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
12 Beautiful Maple Trees for Any Landscape
One of the most familiar genera of trees is maple (Acer). These trees and shrubs are famous for their fall colors and delicious syrup.
Restore Life to Your Lavender with Pruning Tips...
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.
12 Species of Willow Trees and Shrubs
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.
12 Species of Holly Trees and Shrubs
Add color to your landscape with holly trees and shrubs. They are often evergreen and feature fruit that stays on in winter.
Purple Leaf Plum - Prunus cerasifera
One of the most popular plants featuring reddish-purple leaves is the purple leaf plum. Learn more about planting one in your garden.
Add Grace to Your Garden With These 19 Weeping...
See pictures and basic growing facts for 19 weeping trees.
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Prunus x cistena
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
Discover 40 Types of Pine Trees from Around the...
Pine trees are evergreen conifers that are in the Pinus genus. Learn about 40 different species.
12 Species of Spruce Trees and Shrubs
Spruce trees are evergreen conifers that are given the genus name of Picea.
Trees and Shrubs With Purple Leaves
Purple leaves on trees and shrubs are a great way to add a distinctive color to the garden.
12 Species of Magnolia Trees and Shrubs
Meet 12 species of the beautiful Magnolia genus. These trees and shrubs feature beautiful flowers that will liven up your garden every spring.
All About the Purple Smoke Bush
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.
12 Birch Trees and Shrubs
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.
Types of Lavender and How To Prune Them
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.
12 Species of Ash Trees
Ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) can be used as shade, lawn and street trees. They feature opposite branching and compound leaves.
12 Species of Dogwood Trees and Shrubs
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.
Growing the Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
Is the Amur maple the right choice for your landscape? Learn more in this growing profile.
Grow an Attractive Angel's Trumpet with These...
The angel's trumpet features gorgeous trumpet-shaped blooms which will create a beautiful focal point for your tropical garden.
Tri Color Beech - Fagus sylvatica 'Roseo-Margin...
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.
12 Species of Fir Trees
Many Christmas trees are chosen from the fir tree genus, Abies. Meet 12 species of these conifers.
12 Species of Juniper Trees and Shrubs
Take a tour of 12 species of juniper trees and shrubs that you can find around the world.
Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
If you like the look of hibiscus but live in a cooler region, choose the rose of Sharon.
These Shrubs Can Grow in Part Shade or Shade
These shrubs can grow in part shade at least, and some can grow in full shade.
The 12 Different Species of Gum Trees
Many species in Angophora, Corymbia and Eucalyptus may be called a gum tree. Learn more about these (usually) Australian natives.
How To Prune and Train Climbing Roses
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.
9 Species of Fig Trees
Fig trees are tropical (for the most part) and belong to the Ficus genus. Learn about some of these fascinating species.
How Can I Identify My Trees and Shrubs?
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.
Growing Jacaranda Trees in Your Yard
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
31 Acacia Trees and Shrubs
See pictures and facts about 31 different acacia tree and shrub species. Another name for this type of plant is wattle.
Tulip Tree - Liriodendron tulipifera
The tulip tree can be used to provide shade in your garden. It has uniquely shaped leaves and flowers with interesting coloring.
Do Bananas Have Seeds?
Have you every stopped to think and wonder if bananas have seeds? Learn how these trees reproduce.
The Difference Between Trees and Shrubs
Have you ever wondered how you can know if a plant is a tree or a shrub? Find out here.
Can You Really Grow Apples from Seeds?
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.
Star Jasmine
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine.
12 Trees for Full Shade
Landscaping a full shade area can be difficult. Use this guide to learn about 12 different trees that may work in your garden.
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar Growing Profile
The weeping blue Atlas cedar will create a focal point in your garden since it has twisted weeping branches and blue-green needles.
Growing the Cape Honeysuckle - Tecomaria Capensis
Set your tropical garden ablaze by planting a cape honeysuckle. Learn some of the basic growing requirements for this shrub.
Banana Tree - Musa spp.
Learn how to grow the tropical banana tree in your own yard.
Ten Trees That Attract Hummingbirds
These ten trees will help attract hummingbirds to your garden. These inquisitive little birds zip around from flower to flower in search of nectar.
Why, When and How to Prune Your Roses
This article covers the basics of rose pruning and is a jump-off point to articles with more detail and specific types of roses.
Before You Plant - What Trees and Shrubs Are...
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.
How Can I Make My Soil More Acidic?
There are ways available to make your soil more acidic if needed.
Do Any Fruits Have Their Seeds on the Outside?
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.
Learn How to Grow the Graceful Weeping Willow
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this in your garden
What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes?
: What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes? : Not much. As far as horticulture is concerned,
Choose One of These 12 Viburnum Species for...
Viburnums are handsome shrubs and small trees that produce lovely flowers. Learn more about 12 of these species.
Surefire Ways to Get Rid of Beetles
Beetle infestations are very hard to control in trees and shrubs. Learn the few ways to get rid of them.
Where Are a Plant's Nodes and Internodes?
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.
Princess Flower Growing Profile
The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is best grown in tropical and subtropical gardens. It features gorgeous purple blossoms.
What Are Suckers?
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.
Growing Indian Hawthorn - Rhaphiolepis indica
This small evergreen shrub works well for both residential and commercial landscapes.
What Does It Mean if a Tree Bleeds Sap?
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.
4 Ways to Control Plant Suckers
With proper planting, moderate pruning, and some simple aftercare, you too can prevent those pesky plant suckers!
Growing the Paperbark Maple - Acer griseum
For a smaller tree with beautiful bark, choose the paperbark maple (Acer griseum).
Japanese Maple Growing Profile
The Japanese maple is a small graceful tree that is a staple of Japanese gardens. There are thousands of cultivars available for sale.
Cashew Apple
The cashew apple is not a true fruit. The actual fruit is the gray nut on top. Page 13.
Jasmine Shrubs and Vines
Enjoy the glorious scent that jasmine shrubs and vines produce when you plant one of these species.
Tropical Fruit Photo Gallery
A whimsical photo journey through the wonderful world of tropical fruits. From açaí to tamarind, there's sure to be a fruit for everyone.
Austrian Pine - Pinus nigra
The Austrian pine (Pinus nigra) is a hardy tree that is a survivor. Use this tree in your difficult landscape spots.
Citrus Photo Gallery
See pictures and facts for 16 common citrus fruits.
How Can You Get Rid of Scale on Euonymus?
Learn ways to get rid of these pesky pests on your euonymus shrubs
Pomegranate Growing Profile
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) offers brightly colored fruit that ripens during the fall. Learn how to grow this superfruit in your own garden.
Prune Roses Like a Pro: Dealing with Knock-Outs...
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.
Guava
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
Growing Contorted Filbert - Corylus avellana...
The contorted filbert is a specimen shrub with twisting branches and yellow catkins.
Guanabana
Guanabana is also called soursop. It is related to the cherimoya, custard apple, and sweetsop. Page 27.
Plant Ginkgo Biloba, a Living Fossil
Ginkgo biloba has fan-shaped leaves that flutter beautifully in the wind. Grow this living fossil in your home garden.
Common Lilac
Perfume will fill the air in your garden if you plant the common lilac. Learn more about growing these shrubs.
Dawn Redwood Growing Profile
Dawn Redwood is a deciduous conifer that can be used as a shade tree. Learn more about growing this stately tree.
Growing the Korean Fir - Abies koreana
This small fir features striking purple cones.
Bird's Nest Spruce
A good dwarf conifer for your garden is the bird's nest spruce. Learn more about growing these shrubs here.
Paper Bark Birch Growing Profile
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.
Royal Poinciana Growing Profile
If you live in a tropical or subtropical place and love red flowers, the royal poinciana (Delonix regia) is the tree for you!
The Pruning Rule of 1/3 for Shrubs
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.
Controlling Spider Mites
Spider mites are a common garden pest both indoors and outdoors. Learn about the different ways that you can control spider mites.
Bearberry Growing Profile
Bearberry can be used as a groundcover. It offers color throughout all of the year.
How To Recognize Dead Wood
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.
How To Use A Pole Saw
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.
Growing Ninebark - Physocarpus opulifolius
Ninebark is a real trooper; it can handle a wide variety of growing conditions with gusto.
Elm Trees
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.
Chaste Tree Growing Profile
The chaste tree will add purple blossoms to your garden in summer.
Witch Hazel Growing Profile
Want flowers that bloom later in the year? Try growing the witch hazel shrub. This skin care staple will also provide a fall leaf show.
Grafting Glossary: Scion and Rootstock
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.
Bridal Wreath Spirea
The bridal wreath spirea will grace your garden with an abundance of tiny white blossoms each spring.
Grow One of These Shrubs if You Live in Zone 10
These 10 shrubs will work well for your garden in Zone 10.
Growing the Red Maple - Acer rubrum
Many parts of the red maple are indeed red.
Marang
The marang is related to the breadfruit and jackfruit. Page 40.
Jackfruit
The jackfruit is the largest edible tree fruit in the world. Page 30.
Fig Tree
The fig tree is one of the oldest cultivated fruit trees - over 5000 years. Page 23.
Red Chokeberry Growing Profile
The red chokeberry will liven up your garden throughout all four seasons.
River Birch
The river birch is a beautiful choice for a landscape tree. The red peeling bark and multiple trunks will serve as a focal point in the garden.
Serviceberry Trees and Shrubs
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.
Growing the Shrubby Cinquefoil - Potentilla...
The shrubby cinquefoil blooms in summer and offers flowers in shades of orange, pink, red, white and yellow.
Linden Trees
For a tree with heart shaped leaves, choose one of the linden tree species.
Vine Leaf Maple Growing Profile
The vine leaf maple comes from Japan and features leaves with three leaflets.
Growing Parrotia persica - Persian Ironwood
For a small tree with a spectacular fall leaf palette, plant Parrotia persica.
Growing the Lily Magnolia - Magnolia liliflora
A deciduous shrub with exquisite reddish-purple or pink flowers that come early in the year. See if they could be a lovely addition to your garden.
Growing the Natal Plum
Plant this tropical shrub for the edible fruit and starry flowers.
Create a Rose Hedge Using Floribunda Roses
Your rose hedges and low filler rose bushes are floribunda roses. Pruning them is easy, as you can do almost all of it with the quick cuts of hedge shears. Learn how here.
Growing the Italian Stone Pine - Pinus pinea
In Europe, most pine nuts come from the Italian stone pine. Learn how to grow one in your garden.
Tree Shapes
An image gallery depicting the typical tree shapes you may find in a landscape.
Black Chokeberry Growing Profile
The black chokeberry offers edible fruit that entice birds to come to your garden.
Growing the Weeping Bottlebrush - Callistemon...
The weeping bottlebrush is a tropical beauty features red blooms that will bring hummingbirds to your garden.
Summersweet
Summersweet is a medium shrub that can adapt to most gardens.
12 Trees for Zone 6
All 12 of these trees will be able to grow in a Zone 6 landscape.
Find Your USDA Zone
Here are the maps for the new 2012 USDA Hardiness Zones. Find yours so you can pick plants suited to your location.
List of Grafted Plants
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.
Pruning Heavy Branches & Jump-Cutting
Pruning heavy branches is a different kind of pruning requiring two phases. Doing it wrong will hurt the plant. Pruning heavy branches the right way means making many cuts and a jump cut, which this article will show you how to do.
What Are Deciduous Conifers?
Deciduous conifers are unique trees that sport features of both deciduous and coniferous trees. Learn what characteristics they share here.
Blueberries - Vaccinium spp.
Latin Name: Vaccinium spp. There are many different species of blueberries. Common Names: Blueberries,
Paperbark Cherry
Paperbark cherry is best known for its stunning bark. The dark coppery peeling bark is actually a plastic film! It works quite well for winter interest.
Bad Pruning: Limbing Up Evergreens Needlessly
We often limb-up street trees and other deciduous trees for clearance, but for evergreens this is a bad idea. This Bad Pruning Gallery feature tells you why it’s a bad idea and gives you alternatives.
Jujube
Jujube can have a taste similar to apples or dates, depending on how ripe they are. Page 31.
Prunus Trees and Shrubs
The purple leaf sand cherry is the result from crossing the Atropurpurea purple leaf plum and the sandcherry.
Sunset Hyssop - A Natural Hummingbird Attractant
Learn the growing requirements and some design tips for using sunset hyssop (Agastache rupestris) in your garden.
Growing the Common Elderberry - Sambucus nigra
It's not just a part of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Learn more about growing the common elderberry.
Hedge Maple Growing Profile
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.
Types of Leaf Arrangements
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.
How To Use Hedge Shears
Hedge shears let you put a long, straight edge in shrubs, and they let you do it quickly—too quickly, if you use the tool on the wrong plant. This article overviews how shears can help in formal hedging and fall cleanup, but otherwise should stay in the shed.
Growing the Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum
Learn how to grow sugar maple, a common source of sap for maple syrup making.
Lychee
Lychee has a red skin that is easily removed, revealing white pulp inside. Page 36.
Clematis Pruning
Pruning clematis vines means knowing when your plant blooms and how that affects when you should work. Clematis pruning doesn’t have to get you all tangled up: start with the general ideas and tips here, then move on to the step-by-step guide when it’s time to work.
Mamey
The orange pulp of the mamey has a strong, pleasant smell and tastes like apricots or berries. Page 37.
World Hardiness Zones
Use these maps from around the world to determine what USDA zone your country falls under.
11 Trees That Attract Butterflies: Nectar as...
If you want to help provide nectar for butterflies in your landscape, choose one of these 11 species.
Pruning Dead, Damaged, and Diseased Wood
Removing dead, damaged, and diseased wood is plant triage: the first step of good pruning. This guide tells you how to find dead, diseased, and damaged wood in your own plants and why it is important to remove these before doing any other pruning.
Does Chewing Gum Come From Gum Trees?
You may think that gum comes from gum trees (also known as eucalyptus), but would you be right?
Orange Jasmine
Filling the air with a sweet smell, orange jasmine is a welcome addition to any tropical garden. The white flowers are very attractive to bees.
London Plane-Tree Growing Profile
The London plane-tree can be found in many cities because of its tolerance for pollution.
How To Prune Hybrid Tea Roses
Traditionally pruned hybrid tea rpses produce very long stems with a single, show-stopping bloom at each end. Learn how to prune them properly.
Glossy Abelia
Glossy abelia can help add four season color to your garden since the flowers will be present from late spring through autumn.
Tree Surgery With Grafts: Repair Broken Trees
Do you need to repair a broken tree? For wounds to branches, bark, and roots of special trees that need repair, grafting can provide the answer. Here are three types and links to detailed, step by step, instructions.
Hardy Kiwi
Hardy kiwis are woody vines that can grow in cooler climates and are a delicious treat.
Sago Palm Growing Profile
Grow an ancient plant in your garden by planting the sago palm (Cycas revoluta.) These cycads are similar in appearance to palm trees.
New Zealand Tea Tree Growing Profile
The New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium) sports pretty blossoms in shades of white, pink or red.
Which Trees Have Opposite Branching?
Not many trees feature opposite branching, so this can be a key characteristic for identification. Learn which trees sport this type of branching.
Longan
Longan is also called dragon's eye because of the white pulp and single black seed. Page 34.
Finger Bananas
Finger bananas are about the size of your thumb and sweeter than standard bananas. Page 24.
Dioecious
If you have a dioecious tree or shrub, you will need more than one for fruit. Find out why here.
What is the World's Largest Seed?
Learn which plant produces the world's largest seed and where it can be found.
Papaya
Papaya comes in 2 kinds - Hawaiian and Mexican. Page 46.
Growing Olive Trees in the Home Garden
Olive trees have been cultivated since ancient history. Learn more about growing this tree in your landscape.
Growing Avocado Trees in Your Home Garden
If you live in an area that is tropical or subtropical, try growing your own avocado tree.
Stone Fruit
Learn more about what is considered a stone fruit.
Hardy Banana Trees
Hardy bananas allow you to add banana trees to your temperate garden.
Rambutan
Rambutans are red and covered in soft, hairy spines. Page 52.
How To Set Up Your Own Watering System
One of the essential keys to tree and shrub health is ensuring they get the water they need. You can make it easier for yourself if you install a watering system in your yard.
European Hornbeam
The European hornbeam does not require much maintenance and faces few problems.
Growing Eastern Redbud - Cercis canadensis
Learn the basics of growing the eastern redbud tree, an early bloomer.
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