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Trees & Shrubs: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Try One of These 13 Pretty Maple Trees in Your...
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.
Add Grace to Your Garden With These 19 Weeping...
See pictures and basic growing facts for 19 weeping trees.
Want a Water-Loving Tree or Shrub? Pick One of...
Willow trees and shrubs are water-loving plants. They are the source of the compound that was eventually used to create aspirin.
Do Bananas Have Seeds?
Have you every stopped to think and wonder if bananas have seeds? Learn how these trees reproduce.
Like Gorgeous White Flowers? Try Some Magnolia...
See pictures and facts about 12 different species of magnolia trees and shrubs, which are classified in the Magnolia genus
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.
If You Need a Shade Tree, Consider One of the...
You can use one of the 12 ash tree species here for shade or to line a street. Each one is a member of the Fraxinus genus.
Consider a Juniper Tree or Shrub if You Like...
You may be surprised to learn that the berries on juniper trees and shrubs are cones, making them evergreen conifers. Learn more about them here.
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.
Need an Evergreen Tree? Check Out These 12 Fir...
Are you looking for an evergreen tree for your landscape? Consider one of the fir trees. These are also a popular choice for use as a Christmas tree.
Check Out These Acacia Trees and Shrubs From...
When many people think of Acacia trees and shrubs, Australia comes to mind. However, they can be found around the world. Meet 28 species here.
Like Conifers? Try One of These 12 Spruce Trees...
Members of the Picea Genus - Meet 12 Spruce Trees and Shrubs in this photo gallery.
If You Like Red and Green, Plant One of These...
Holly trees and shrubs are evergreen or deciduous plants that can add color to your garden with their fruit since it is usually red.
Struggling to Find Plants for Full Shade? Try...
If you have an area that is full shade (under 3 hours daily), try planting one of these 12 trees. They have adapted to tolerate less sunlight.
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.
Trees and Shrubs With Purple Leaves
Purple leaves on trees and shrubs are a great way to add a distinctive color to the garden.
Growing the Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
Is the Amur maple the right choice for your landscape? Learn more in this growing profile.
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.
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.
Banana Tree - Musa spp.
Learn how to grow the tropical banana tree in your own yard.
Add Beauty to Your Garden with Dogwood Trees,...
See facts and photos about 12 different species of dogwood trees, shrubs and subshrubs. They all belong to the Cornus genus.
Moist Soil? Try One of These Birch Trees
If you have a spot with wet soil, a birch tree may be the perfect solution.
Learn How to Grow the Graceful Weeping Willow
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this in your 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.
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.
Growing Jacaranda Trees in Your Yard
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
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.
Plants vs. Zombies Walkthrough
Plants vs Zombies is an addicting game where you have to choose certain plants to battle zombies that are trying to eat your brains.
How To Make Scented Pine Cones With Essential...
There are many different fragrance choices if you use essential oils to make scented pine cones. Learn how you can make some at home.
Have You Met These 10 Species of Elm Trees Yet?
Elm trees are deciduous trees that have a problematic past due to Dutch Elm disease, but new varieties are offering improved resistance.
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Prunus x cistena
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes?
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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.
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.
Find Out the Special Watering Schedule You...
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.
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.
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.
Choose One of These Lovely Species of Gum Trees...
If you are interested in trees that are tropical and evergreen, one of these 12 species of gum trees may be perfect for your garden.
Did You Know Deciduous Conifers Have Characteri...
Deciduous conifers are unique trees that sport features of both deciduous and coniferous trees. Learn what characteristics they share here.
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.
Use One of These 9 Fig Tree Species in Your...
You may have a fig tree species in your house if you have a houseplant. These can also be large trees in the right conditions.
Like White Flowers? Try One of These 12...
If you are looking for a plant with white flowers, one of the Viburnum shrubs may work nicely in your garden. See 12 species here.
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.
Add White Flowers to Your Garden With a...
The serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.) are deciduous trees and shrubs that bear lovely white flowers, purple fruit and have leaves that change in fall.
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.
Plant the Tri Color Beech to Enjoy Pink, White...
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.
Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
If you like the look of hibiscus but live in a cooler region, choose the rose of Sharon.
Star Jasmine
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine.
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
Fig Tree
The fig tree is one of the oldest cultivated fruit trees - over 5000 years. Page 23.
Citrus Photo Gallery
See pictures and facts for 16 common citrus fruits.
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.
Guanabana is also called soursop. It is related to the cherimoya, custard apple, and sweetsop. Page 27.
Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit flesh can be bright white or deep magenta. Page 20.
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.
Types of Leaf Arrangements
One type of leaf arrangement on a stem is alternate. These trees and shrubs are examples of an alternate leaf arrangement.
Love Hummingbirds? Plant One of These 10 Trees!
If you like hummingbirds, try planting one of these 10 different kinds of trees in your landscape.
Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
What is a Buckeye?
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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.
Red Chokeberry Growing Profile
The red chokeberry will liven up your garden throughout all four seasons.
Latin Name: Garcinia mangostana Type: Tree Native to: Malay peninsula Fruit: The mangosteen is 1.33-3"
The jackfruit is the largest edible tree fruit in the world. Page 30.
Date Palm
Dates can be eaten fresh or made into pastes, juices and syrups. Page 19.
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.
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.
Princess Flower Growing Profile
The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is best grown in tropical and subtropical gardens. It features gorgeous purple blossoms.
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.
The jaboticaba is eaten fresh or made into jellies, jams, and juices. Page 29.
Finger Bananas
Finger bananas are about the size of your thumb and sweeter than standard bananas. Page 24.
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.
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.
The marang is related to the breadfruit and jackfruit. Page 40.
Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit has two varieties - purple and yellow. The yellow variety is called lilikoi in Hawaii. Page 47.
Kiwi Fruit
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.
Lychee has a red skin that is easily removed, revealing white pulp inside. Page 36.
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.
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.
The mango is likely the most popular fruit in the world. Page 38.
Latin Name: Durio zibethinus Other Names: Civet fruit Type: Tree Native to: Malaysia and Borneo Fruit:
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.
The orange pulp of the mamey has a strong, pleasant smell and tastes like apricots or berries. Page 37.
Grow the Largest Native American Tree Fruit by...
The pawpaw tree, a North American native, produces delightful fruit.
Growing the Paperbark Maple - Acer griseum
For a smaller tree with beautiful bark, choose the paperbark maple (Acer griseum).
Longan is also called dragon's eye because of the white pulp and single black seed. Page 34.
Jujube can have a taste similar to apples or dates, depending on how ripe they are. Page 31.
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.
Jasmine Shrubs and Vines
Enjoy the glorious scent that jasmine shrubs and vines produce when you plant one of these species.
World Hardiness Zones
Use these maps from around the world to determine what USDA zone your country falls under.
Learn More About Familiar Fruits That Are...
Familiar fruits like apricots, peaches, nectarines, and cherries all belong to the Prunus genus. Learn about 19 different Prunus trees and shrubs that feature beautiful flowers that burst into glory in the spring. Many, as shown above, also have edible fruits.
Banana Pup
Tree and Shrub Glossary - Definition of Banana Pup
Papaya comes in 2 kinds - Hawaiian and Mexican. Page 46.
Growing the Korean Fir - Abies koreana
This small fir features striking purple cones.
Miracle Fruit
Miracle Fruit is popular for the way it makes sour foods taste sweet. Page 41.
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?
The pomegranate is a tasty fruit that is full of antioxidants. Page 51.
Clematis Pruning, Step By Step
This step by step guide to pruning clematis will tell you what to do and when to do it to keep your vines tidy and heavily flowering. Whether your clematis blooms in early spring, mid-spring, or late summer, this guide will tell you how to train and prune your clematis plants.
Kei Apple
Kei apple is an African fruit that is a great source of Vitamin C. Page 32.
Grow One of These Shrubs if You Live in Zone 10
These 10 shrubs will work well for your garden in Zone 10.
Monstera has a flavor that is said to be like a mix of several other tropical fruits. Page 42.
Loquats grow in clusters of 4-30 fruits. Page 35.
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.
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.
The grosella fruits are generally too sour to eat, but can be cooked. Page 26.
Pepino Melon
Pepino is related to tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and tamarillo. Page 48.

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