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Trees & Shrubs: Most Popular Articles

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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 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.
Do Bananas Have Seeds?
Have you every stopped to think and wonder if bananas have seeds? Learn how these trees reproduce.
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 Fir Trees
Many Christmas trees are chosen from the fir tree genus, Abies. Meet 12 species of these conifers.
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.
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 Spruce Trees and Shrubs
Spruce trees are evergreen conifers that are given the genus name of Picea.
Growing Jacaranda Trees in Your Yard
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Citrus Photo Gallery
See pictures and facts for 16 common citrus fruits.
Add Grace to Your Garden With These 19 Weeping...
See pictures and basic growing facts for 19 weeping trees.
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.
How To Make Glitter Pine Cone Ornaments
You can make simple glitter pine cone ornaments for your Christmas tree. This is a great pine cone craft to do with children.
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.
Banana Tree - Musa spp.
Learn how to grow the tropical banana tree in your own yard.
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.
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.
Guava
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Star Jasmine
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine.
Trees and Shrubs With Purple Leaves
Purple leaves on trees and shrubs are a great way to add a distinctive color to the garden.
Fig Tree
The fig tree is one of the oldest cultivated fruit trees - over 5000 years. Page 23.
How To Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Have your kids help make these simple pine cone bird feeders with you at home. These will help make your yard more bird-friendly.
Guanabana
Guanabana is also called soursop. It is related to the cherimoya, custard apple, and sweetsop. Page 27.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finger Bananas
Finger bananas are about the size of your thumb and sweeter than standard bananas. Page 24.
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.
Jaboticaba
The jaboticaba is eaten fresh or made into jellies, jams, and juices. Page 29.
What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes?
: What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes? : Not much. As far as horticulture is concerned,
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.
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.
Jackfruit
The jackfruit is the largest edible tree fruit in the world. Page 30.
Growing the Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
Is the Amur maple the right choice for your landscape? Learn more in this growing profile.
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 Make Scented Pine Cones With Glue and...
Scented pine cones can be an easy and fun craft to do with your children, especially if you use glue and spices.
Growing the Aleppo Pine - Pinus halepensis
One pine tree that does well in warmer areas is the Aleppo pine. This can be used as a cut or living Christmas tree.
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.
Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit are a good source of nutrients, being high in Vitamins A,C,and E. Page 33.
Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
Jujube
Jujube can have a taste similar to apples or dates, depending on how ripe they are. Page 31.
Longan
Longan is also called dragon's eye because of the white pulp and single black seed. Page 34.
Feijoa
Feijoa is also known as pineapple guava. Page 22.
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Prunus x cistena
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
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.
Have a Shady Spot? Plant One of These 12 Trees!
Landscaping a full shade area can be difficult. Use this guide to learn about 12 different trees that may work in your garden.
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!
Learn How to Grow the Graceful Weeping Willow
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this in your garden
Kei Apple
Kei apple is an African fruit that is a great source of Vitamin C. Page 32.
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.
Growing Avocado Trees in Your Home Garden
If you live in an area that is tropical or subtropical, try growing your own avocado tree.
Cashew Apple
The cashew apple is not a true fruit. The actual fruit is the gray nut on top. Page 13.
Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit flesh can be bright white or deep magenta. Page 20.
Custard Apple
The name custard apple is used for several related fruits. Page 18.
Learn to Identify Flower Parts Like a Pro
Learn the flower parts with this handy diagram. Each one is defined and noted on the picture.
Grosella
The grosella fruits are generally too sour to eat, but can be cooked. Page 26.
Growing Indian Hawthorn - Rhaphiolepis indica
This small evergreen shrub works well for both residential and commercial landscapes.
Date Palm
Dates can be eaten fresh or made into pastes, juices and syrups. Page 19.
Cherimoya
Latin Name: Annona cherimola Other Names: Custard Apple (the name is shared by several species), Chirimoya,
Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit has two varieties - purple and yellow. The yellow variety is called lilikoi in Hawaii. Page 47.
Princess Flower Growing Profile
The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is best grown in tropical and subtropical gardens. It features gorgeous purple blossoms.
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.
Tamarillo
Tamarillo is known as the tree tomato, which what you will get if you order one from those ads. Page 59.
Make Sure You Choose Trees and Shrubs That 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.
Papaya
Papaya comes in 2 kinds - Hawaiian and Mexican. Page 46.
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.
Durian
Latin Name: Durio zibethinus Other Names: Civet fruit Type: Tree Native to: Malaysia and Borneo Fruit:
Fuchsia
Fuchsia berries are edible and used in jams. Page 25.
Lemon
Lemons star in many recipes like lemonade. Page 8.
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.
Noble Fir
The noble fir (Abies procera) is very popular as a Christmas tree with its strong branches, long life and shape/color. Page 12.
Salak
Latin Name: Salacca zalacca , Salacca edulis Other Names: Snake fruit Type: Palm tree Native to: Java
Growing the Japanese Persimmon in Your Home...
The Japanese persimmon produces beautiful orange fruits and a foliage display in autumn. Learn more about growing these Asian fruits here.
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.
Strawberry Tree - Arbutus unedo
One beautiful drought tolerant shrub is the strawberry tree, which features dainty flowers and colorful round fruits.
Mandarin Orange
There are three kinds of mandarin oranges. Page 9.
Banana Pup
Tree and Shrub Glossary - Definition of Banana Pup
Pomegranate
The pomegranate is a tasty fruit that is full of antioxidants. Page 51.
Citrus Fruit
Citrus fruit comes in many different shapes and sizes. Page 15.
Breadfruit
The breadfruit is a staple of the Polynesian diet. Page 9.
Rose Apple
Rose apples are red and bell-shaped with white flesh. Page 53.
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.
Mamey
The orange pulp of the mamey has a strong, pleasant smell and tastes like apricots or berries. Page 37.
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.
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.
Noni
Noni fruit is said to have many medicinal benefits. Page 45.
Sweetsop
Sweetsop is also called the sugar apple. Page 58.
Star Apple
Star apples have a core that looks like a star when cut. Page 57.
Growing the Natal Plum
Plant this tropical shrub for the edible fruit and starry flowers.
Pepino Melon
Pepino is related to tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and tamarillo. Page 48.
Coffee Tree
Coffee trees produce the second largest commodity product in the world. Page 17.
Lychee
Lychee has a red skin that is easily removed, revealing white pulp inside. Page 36.
Grapefruit
The grapefruit is a hybrid citrus that likely came about because of the sweet orange and pummelo. Page 5.
Coconut Palm
The coconut palm is one of the most familiar tropical fruits. Page 16.
Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
If you like the look of hibiscus but live in a cooler region, choose the rose of Sharon.
Plantain
Plantains are often fried and not eaten fresh. Page 50.
Key Lime
Key limes are tiny and a key ingredient for pies. Page 6.
How Can I Make My Soil More Acidic?
There are ways available to make your soil more acidic if needed.
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.
Rambutan
Rambutans are red and covered in soft, hairy spines. Page 52.
Calamondin
The calamondin is a hybrid citrus fruit that results from the kumquat and sour mandarin. Page 3.
Jasmine Shrubs and Vines
Enjoy the glorious scent that jasmine shrubs and vines produce when you plant one of these species.
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.
Sapodilla
Sapodilla tastes like a mix of brown sugar and root beer. Page 56.
Concolor Fir
The concolor fir (Abies concolor) is chosen as a Christmas tree for its shape, color, aroma and long needle retention. Page 5.
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?
Ugli Fruit
The Ugli fruit comes from Jamaica. Page 15.
Vine Leaf Maple Growing Profile
The vine leaf maple comes from Japan and features leaves with three leaflets.
Santol
The santol is eaten fresh, candied, or made into alcohol. Page 55.
Grand Fir
Grand fir (Abies grandis) is a good choice for those who want a Christmas tree with a strong scent and pleasing shape. Page 10.
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.
Cacao
Cacao is the source of a favorite food for many - chocolate. Page 10.
Types of Palm Trees
Palm trees are common to many tropical locations. Some are able to handle cooler temperatures also.
Fraser Fir
Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is often used as a Christmas tree since it ships well, has an excellent shape and coloring, and has long lasting needles and fragrance. Page 9.
Pummelo
The pummelo is similar in taste to a grapefruit, though not as strong. Page 12.
Persian Lime
If you buy limes at the market, they are likely Persian limes. Page 11.
Miracle Fruit
Miracle Fruit is popular for the way it makes sour foods taste sweet. Page 41.
Pineapple
The pineapple is a tropical bromeliad. Page 49.
Marang
The marang is related to the breadfruit and jackfruit. Page 40.
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.
Pistachio Nut
Pistachio nuts are related to the mango, cashew, and poison ivy. In botany, they are considered to be a drupe, not a nut. Page 8.
Virginia Pine
Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana) is especially popular for use as a Christmas tree in the South. Page 15.
Growing the Paperbark Maple - Acer griseum
For a smaller tree with beautiful bark, choose the paperbark maple (Acer griseum).
Norway Spruce
Norway spruce (Picea abies) must be cut fresh and well watered if used as a Christmas tree or it will lose its needles quickly. Page 13.
Orange
Oranges are one of the sweetest kinds of citrus. Page 10.
Mangosteen
Latin Name: Garcinia mangostana Type: Tree Native to: Malay peninsula Fruit: The mangosteen is 1.33-3"
Kumquat
The kumquat now has its own genus name of Fortunella. Page 7.
Scotch Pine
The Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) is likely the most common species used for Christmas trees, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Page 14.
Black Sapote
Latin Name: Diospyros digyna Other Names: Chocolate Pudding Fruit, Caca-poule, black persimmon Type:
Carob
Carob is a tropical fruit that is often used as a substitute for chocolate. Page 12.
Mango
The mango is likely the most popular fruit in the world. Page 38.
New Zealand Tea Tree Growing Profile
The New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium) sports pretty blossoms in shades of white, pink or red.
Colorado Blue Spruce
Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens) makes a distinctive Christmas tree with its blue needles. Page 4.
Tangerine
The tangerine is a type of mandarin orange. Page 14.
Loquat
Loquats grow in clusters of 4-30 fruits. Page 35.
Tangelo
Tangelos are a hybrid of a pummelo (possibly a grapefruit) and a mandarin orange. Page 13.
Growing Olive Trees in the Home Garden
Olive trees have been cultivated since ancient history. Learn more about growing this tree in your landscape.
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