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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.
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 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.
Do Bananas Have Seeds?
Have you every stopped to think and wonder if bananas have seeds? Learn how these trees reproduce.
12 Species of Spruce Trees and Shrubs
Spruce trees are evergreen conifers that are given the genus name of Picea.
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 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.
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 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.
Add Grace to Your Garden With These 19 Weeping...
See pictures and basic growing facts for 19 weeping trees.
Growing the Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
Is the Amur maple the right choice for your landscape? Learn more in this growing profile.
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.
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.
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.
Trees and Shrubs With Purple Leaves
Purple leaves on trees and shrubs are a great way to add a distinctive color to the garden.
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.
Growing Jacaranda Trees in Your Yard
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
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.
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.
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.
Banana Tree - Musa spp.
Learn how to grow the tropical banana tree in your own yard.
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.
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Prunus x cistena
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
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.
Star Jasmine
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine.
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.
Citrus Photo Gallery
See pictures and facts for 16 common citrus fruits.
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.
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.
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.
Guava
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
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.
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.
Vine Leaf Maple Growing Profile
The vine leaf maple comes from Japan and features leaves with three leaflets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Paperbark Maple - Acer griseum
For a smaller tree with beautiful bark, choose the paperbark maple (Acer griseum).
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.
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.
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.
Watering Trees in Autumn
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.
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.
Learn How to Grow the Graceful Weeping Willow
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this in your garden
Jackfruit
The jackfruit is the largest edible tree fruit in the world. Page 30.
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. Page 5.
What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes?
: What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes? : Not much. As far as horticulture is concerned,
Guanabana
Guanabana is also called soursop. It is related to the cherimoya, custard apple, and sweetsop. Page 27.
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 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.
Fig Tree
The fig tree is one of the oldest cultivated fruit trees - over 5000 years. Page 23.
Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
If you like the look of hibiscus but live in a cooler region, choose the rose of Sharon.
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.
Jaboticaba
The jaboticaba is eaten fresh or made into jellies, jams, and juices. Page 29.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Princess Flower Growing Profile
The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is best grown in tropical and subtropical gardens. It features gorgeous purple blossoms.
Learn More About Why Plants Become Dormant Yearly
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.
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.
Growing Indian Hawthorn - Rhaphiolepis indica
This small evergreen shrub works well for both residential and commercial landscapes.
Jujube
Jujube can have a taste similar to apples or dates, depending on how ripe they are. Page 31.
What is a Buckeye?
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Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit flesh can be bright white or deep magenta. Page 20.
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.
Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit are a good source of nutrients, being high in Vitamins A,C,and E. Page 33.
Finger Bananas
Finger bananas are about the size of your thumb and sweeter than standard bananas. Page 24.
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.
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.
Feijoa
Feijoa is also known as pineapple guava. Page 22.
Jasmine Shrubs and Vines
Enjoy the glorious scent that jasmine shrubs and vines produce when you plant one of these species.
Growing the Red Maple - Acer rubrum
Many parts of the red maple are indeed red.
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.
Durian
Latin Name: Durio zibethinus Other Names: Civet fruit Type: Tree Native to: Malaysia and Borneo Fruit:
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.
Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit has two varieties - purple and yellow. The yellow variety is called lilikoi in Hawaii. Page 47.
Sweetsop
Sweetsop is also called the sugar apple. Page 58.
How Can I Make My Soil More Acidic?
There are ways available to make your soil more acidic if needed.
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.
Growing Kiwi Vines in Your Landscape
You can use kiwi vines on a trellis or similar support to add beautiful vines that bear the familiar fuzzy kiwi fruit.
Custard Apple
The name custard apple is used for several related fruits. Page 18.
Marang
The marang is related to the breadfruit and jackfruit. Page 40.
Kei Apple
Kei apple is an African fruit that is a great source of Vitamin C. Page 32.
Papaya
Papaya comes in 2 kinds - Hawaiian and Mexican. Page 46.
Tamarillo
Tamarillo is known as the tree tomato, which what you will get if you order one from those ads. Page 59.
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.
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.
Rambutan
Rambutans are red and covered in soft, hairy spines. Page 52.
Longan
Longan is also called dragon's eye because of the white pulp and single black seed. Page 34.
Miracle Fruit
Miracle Fruit is popular for the way it makes sour foods taste sweet. Page 41.
Growing the Pawpaw - Asimina triloba
The pawpaw tree, a North American native, produces delightful fruit.
Love Hummingbirds? Plant One of These 10 Trees!
These ten trees will help attract hummingbirds to your garden. These inquisitive little birds zip around from flower to flower in search of nectar.
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.
Mamey
The orange pulp of the mamey has a strong, pleasant smell and tastes like apricots or berries. Page 37.
Lychee
Lychee has a red skin that is easily removed, revealing white pulp inside. Page 36.
Hardy Banana Trees
Hardy bananas allow you to add banana trees to your temperate garden.
Grosella
The grosella fruits are generally too sour to eat, but can be cooked. Page 26.
Star Apple
Star apples have a core that looks like a star when cut. Page 57.
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.
Date Palm
Dates can be eaten fresh or made into pastes, juices and syrups. Page 19.
Pepino Melon
Pepino is related to tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and tamarillo. Page 48.
Growing the Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum
Learn how to grow sugar maple, a common source of sap for maple syrup making.
Pomegranate
The pomegranate is a tasty fruit that is full of antioxidants. Page 51.
Pineapple
The pineapple is a tropical bromeliad. Page 49.
Tree Shapes
An image gallery depicting the typical tree shapes you may find in a landscape.
Rose Apple
Rose apples are red and bell-shaped with white flesh. Page 53.
Samara Fruit
Learn what a samara is and what trees bear them.
Strawberry Tree - Arbutus unedo
One beautiful drought tolerant shrub is the strawberry tree, which features dainty flowers and colorful round fruits.
Plantain
Plantains are often fried and not eaten fresh. Page 50.
Salak
Latin Name: Salacca zalacca , Salacca edulis Other Names: Snake fruit Type: Palm tree Native to: Java
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.
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.
Loquat
Loquats grow in clusters of 4-30 fruits. Page 35.
Mangosteen
Latin Name: Garcinia mangostana Type: Tree Native to: Malay peninsula Fruit: The mangosteen is 1.33-3"
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.
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.
Cashew Apple
The cashew apple is not a true fruit. The actual fruit is the gray nut on top. Page 13.
Common Lilac
Perfume will fill the air in your garden if you plant the common lilac. Learn more about growing these shrubs.
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.
Mango
The mango is likely the most popular fruit in the world. Page 38.
Noni
Noni fruit is said to have many medicinal benefits. Page 45.
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.
Monstera
Monstera has a flavor that is said to be like a mix of several other tropical fruits. Page 42.
Growing the Korean Fir - Abies koreana
This small fir features striking purple cones.
Types of Palm Trees
Palm trees are common to many tropical locations. Some are able to handle cooler temperatures also.
Santol
The santol is eaten fresh, candied, or made into alcohol. Page 55.
World Hardiness Zones
Use these maps from around the world to determine what USDA zone your country falls under.
Sapodilla
Sapodilla tastes like a mix of brown sugar and root beer. Page 56.
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!
Does the Big Leaf Maple Live Up to Its Name?...
The maple tree with the largest leaves is the big leaf maple.
Carob
Carob is a tropical fruit that is often used as a substitute for chocolate. Page 12.
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?
Fuchsia
Fuchsia berries are edible and used in jams. Page 25.
Cherimoya
Latin Name: Annona cherimola Other Names: Custard Apple (the name is shared by several species), Chirimoya,
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.
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.
Pyramidal Tree Shape
Evergreens, among other trees, often have a pyramidal tree shape. Page 5.
Growing Parrotia persica - Persian Ironwood
For a small tree with a spectacular fall leaf palette, plant Parrotia persica.
Tamarind
Tamarind is usually used as a flavoring for drinks and desserts. Page 60.
Growing Avocado Trees in Your Home Garden
If you live in an area that is tropical or subtropical, try growing your own avocado tree.
Growing Contorted Filbert - Corylus avellana...
The contorted filbert is a specimen shrub with twisting branches and yellow catkins.
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.
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