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Do Bananas Have Seeds?
Have you every stopped to think and wonder if bananas have seeds? Learn how these trees reproduce.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
12 Species of Fir Trees
Many Christmas trees are chosen from the fir tree genus, Abies. Meet 12 species of these conifers.
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.
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 Spruce Trees and Shrubs
Spruce trees are evergreen conifers that are given the genus name of Picea.
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.
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.
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.
Citrus Photo Gallery
See pictures and facts for 16 common citrus fruits.
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.
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.
Star Jasmine
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine.
Growing Jacaranda Trees in Your Yard
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
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.
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.
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.
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 Cape Honeysuckle - Tecomaria Capensis
Set your tropical garden ablaze by planting a cape honeysuckle. Learn some of the basic growing requirements for this shrub.
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.
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.
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.
Guanabana
Guanabana is also called soursop. It is related to the cherimoya, custard apple, and sweetsop. Page 27.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Growing the Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
Is the Amur maple the right choice for your landscape? Learn more in this growing profile.
Guava
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
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.
Fig Tree
The fig tree is one of the oldest cultivated fruit trees - over 5000 years. Page 23.
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.
Learn How to Grow the Graceful Weeping Willow
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this in your 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.
Bridal Wreath Spirea
The bridal wreath spirea will grace your garden with an abundance of tiny white blossoms each spring.
Jujube
Jujube can have a taste similar to apples or dates, depending on how ripe they are. Page 31.
What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes?
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Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit flesh can be bright white or deep magenta. Page 20.
Jackfruit
The jackfruit is the largest edible tree fruit in the world. Page 30.
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.
Feijoa
Feijoa is also known as pineapple guava. Page 22.
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.
New Zealand Tea Tree Growing Profile
The New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium) sports pretty blossoms in shades of white, pink or red.
Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit are a good source of nutrients, being high in Vitamins A,C,and E. Page 33.
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.
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Prunus x cistena
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
Date Palm
Dates can be eaten fresh or made into pastes, juices and syrups. Page 19.
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.
Durian
Latin Name: Durio zibethinus Other Names: Civet fruit Type: Tree Native to: Malaysia and Borneo Fruit:
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.
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.
Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
If you like the look of hibiscus but live in a cooler region, choose the rose of Sharon.
Longan
Longan is also called dragon's eye because of the white pulp and single black seed. Page 34.
Kei Apple
Kei apple is an African fruit that is a great source of Vitamin C. Page 32.
Jaboticaba
The jaboticaba is eaten fresh or made into jellies, jams, and juices. Page 29.
Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
Jasmine Shrubs and Vines
Enjoy the glorious scent that jasmine shrubs and vines produce when you plant one of these species.
How Can I Make My Soil More Acidic?
There are ways available to make your soil more acidic if needed.
Finger Bananas
Finger bananas are about the size of your thumb and sweeter than standard bananas. Page 24.
World Hardiness Zones
Use these maps from around the world to determine what USDA zone your country falls under.
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.
Princess Flower Growing Profile
The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is best grown in tropical and subtropical gardens. It features gorgeous purple blossoms.
Custard Apple
The name custard apple is used for several related fruits. Page 18.
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.
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.
Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit has two varieties - purple and yellow. The yellow variety is called lilikoi in Hawaii. Page 47.
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 Indian Hawthorn - Rhaphiolepis indica
This small evergreen shrub works well for both residential and commercial landscapes.
Banana Pup
Tree and Shrub Glossary - Definition of Banana Pup
Ugli Fruit
The Ugli fruit comes from Jamaica. Page 15.
Cashew Apple
The cashew apple is not a true fruit. The actual fruit is the gray nut on top. Page 13.
Marang
The marang is related to the breadfruit and jackfruit. Page 40.
Tangelo
Tangelos are a hybrid of a pummelo (possibly a grapefruit) and a mandarin orange. Page 13.
Grosella
The grosella fruits are generally too sour to eat, but can be cooked. Page 26.
Alaska State Flower - Forget-Me-Nots
The forget-me-not (Myosotis alpestris subsp. asiatica) is the official state flower of Alaska. Page 2.
Tangerine
The tangerine is a type of mandarin orange. Page 14.
Pomegranate
The pomegranate is a tasty fruit that is full of antioxidants. Page 51.
Cherimoya
Latin Name: Annona cherimola Other Names: Custard Apple (the name is shared by several species), Chirimoya,
Sweetsop
Sweetsop is also called the sugar apple. Page 58.
Lemon
Lemons star in many recipes like lemonade. Page 8.
Papaya
Papaya comes in 2 kinds - Hawaiian and Mexican. Page 46.
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.
Yuzu Tree
The yuzu tree yields fruit that is often used in Asian cooking for its sour juice and fragrant rind. It is used for its scent as well. Page 16.
Star Apple
Star apples have a core that looks like a star when cut. Page 57.
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.
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.
Common Lilac
Perfume will fill the air in your garden if you plant the common lilac. Learn more about growing these shrubs.
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.
Citrus Fruit
Citrus fruit comes in many different shapes and sizes. Page 15.
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.
Plantain
Plantains are often fried and not eaten fresh. Page 50.
Tamarind
Tamarind is usually used as a flavoring for drinks and desserts. Page 60.
Tamarillo
Tamarillo is known as the tree tomato, which what you will get if you order one from those ads. Page 59.
Coffee Tree
Coffee trees produce the second largest commodity product in the world. Page 17.
Fuchsia
Fuchsia berries are edible and used in jams. Page 25.
Miracle Fruit
Miracle Fruit is popular for the way it makes sour foods taste sweet. Page 41.
Calamondin
The calamondin is a hybrid citrus fruit that results from the kumquat and sour mandarin. Page 3.
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.
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.
Pineapple
The pineapple is a tropical bromeliad. Page 49.
Grapefruit
The grapefruit is a hybrid citrus that likely came about because of the sweet orange and pummelo. Page 5.
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.
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?
Monstera
Monstera has a flavor that is said to be like a mix of several other tropical fruits. Page 42.
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.
Breadfruit
The breadfruit is a staple of the Polynesian diet. Page 9.
State Flowers Photo Gallery
A photo gallery with each of the state flowers of the United States.
Rambutan
Rambutans are red and covered in soft, hairy spines. Page 52.
Mango
The mango is likely the most popular fruit in the world. Page 38.
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.
Mamey
The orange pulp of the mamey has a strong, pleasant smell and tastes like apricots or berries. Page 37.
Coconut Palm
The coconut palm is one of the most familiar tropical fruits. Page 16.
Noni
Noni fruit is said to have many medicinal benefits. Page 45.
Grow One of These Shrubs if You Live in Zone 10
These 10 shrubs will work well for your garden in Zone 10.
Rose Apple
Rose apples are red and bell-shaped with white flesh. Page 53.
Key Lime
Key limes are tiny and a key ingredient for pies. Page 6.
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!
Growing Contorted Filbert - Corylus avellana...
The contorted filbert is a specimen shrub with twisting branches and yellow catkins.
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.
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.
Mandarin Orange
There are three kinds of mandarin oranges. Page 9.
Pepino Melon
Pepino is related to tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and tamarillo. Page 48.
Sapodilla
Sapodilla tastes like a mix of brown sugar and root beer. Page 56.
Black Sapote
Latin Name: Diospyros digyna Other Names: Chocolate Pudding Fruit, Caca-poule, black persimmon Type:
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.
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.
Salak
Latin Name: Salacca zalacca , Salacca edulis Other Names: Snake fruit Type: Palm tree Native to: Java
Prunus Trees and Shrubs
Most of the plums found in stores are a variety of Japanese plum. Learn some common varieties and how it differs from the European plum (Prunus domestica).
Orange
Oranges are one of the sweetest kinds of citrus. Page 10.
Kumquat
The kumquat now has its own genus name of Fortunella. Page 7.
Citron
Citron peel is used in baking. The Buddha's hand resembles an octopus. Page 4.
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.
Mangosteen
Latin Name: Garcinia mangostana Type: Tree Native to: Malay peninsula Fruit: The mangosteen is 1.33-3"
Pummelo
The pummelo is similar in taste to a grapefruit, though not as strong. Page 12.
Cacao
Cacao is the source of a favorite food for many - chocolate. Page 10.
Popular Roses and How to Prune Them
Here’s where to start to find out how to prune any kind of rose! This page will list all the types and a brief pruning strategy with links to a detailed step-by-step.
Blood Orange
Blood orange has dark red pulp. Trees & Shrubs. Page 2.
Carob
Carob is a tropical fruit that is often used as a substitute for chocolate. Page 12.
Blueberries - Vaccinium spp.
Latin Name: Vaccinium spp. There are many different species of blueberries. Common Names: Blueberries,
Growing the Korean Fir - Abies koreana
This small fir features striking purple cones.
Growing the Weeping Bottlebrush - Callistemon...
The weeping bottlebrush is a tropical beauty features red blooms that will bring hummingbirds to your garden.
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.

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