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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.
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.
Do Bananas Have Seeds?
Have you every stopped to think and wonder if bananas have seeds? Learn how these trees reproduce.
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.
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.
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
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.
Trees and Shrubs With Purple Leaves
Purple leaves on trees and shrubs are a great way to add a distinctive color to the garden.
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Prunus x cistena
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like Conifers? Try One of These 12 Spruce Trees...
Members of the Picea Genus - Meet 12 Spruce Trees and Shrubs in this photo gallery.
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 Species of Fir Trees
Many Christmas trees are chosen from the fir tree genus, Abies. Meet 12 species of these conifers.
Growing the Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
Is the Amur maple the right choice for your landscape? Learn more in this growing profile.
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.
Growing Jacaranda Trees in Your Yard
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Learn How to Grow the Graceful Weeping Willow
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this in your garden
Star Jasmine
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Banana Tree - Musa spp.
Learn how to grow the tropical banana tree in your own yard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bridal Wreath Spirea
The bridal wreath spirea will grace your garden with an abundance of tiny white blossoms each spring.
What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes?
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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.
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.
How Can I Make My Soil More Acidic?
There are ways available to make your soil more acidic if needed.
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.
Citrus Photo Gallery
See pictures and facts for 16 common citrus fruits.
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.
Common Lilac
Perfume will fill the air in your garden if you plant the common lilac. Learn more about growing these shrubs.
Growing Indian Hawthorn - Rhaphiolepis indica
This small evergreen shrub works well for both residential and commercial landscapes.
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.
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.
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.
Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
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.
Growing Contorted Filbert - Corylus avellana...
The contorted filbert is a specimen shrub with twisting branches and yellow catkins.
Alaska State Flower - Forget-Me-Nots
The forget-me-not (Myosotis alpestris subsp. asiatica) is the official state flower of Alaska. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
World Hardiness Zones
Use these maps from around the world to determine what USDA zone your country falls under.
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.
Growing the Paperbark Maple - Acer griseum
For a smaller tree with beautiful bark, choose the paperbark maple (Acer griseum).
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.
New Zealand Tea Tree Growing Profile
The New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium) sports pretty blossoms in shades of white, pink or red.
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.
Guava
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
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 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.
Growing the Weeping Bottlebrush - Callistemon...
The weeping bottlebrush is a tropical beauty features red blooms that will bring hummingbirds to your garden.
Growing the Korean Fir - Abies koreana
This small fir features striking purple cones.
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.
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.
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.
Blueberries - Vaccinium spp.
Latin Name: Vaccinium spp. There are many different species of blueberries. Common Names: Blueberries,
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.
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.
4 Ways to Control Plant Suckers
With proper planting, moderate pruning, and some simple aftercare, you too can prevent those pesky plant suckers!
Feijoa
Feijoa is also known as pineapple guava. Page 22.
12 Trees for Zone 6
All 12 of these trees will be able to grow in a Zone 6 landscape.
Bird's Nest Spruce
A good dwarf conifer for your garden is the bird's nest spruce. Learn more about growing these shrubs 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.
Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit are a good source of nutrients, being high in Vitamins A,C,and E. Page 33.
Guanabana
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.
Hardy Banana Trees
Hardy bananas allow you to add banana trees to your temperate garden.
Date Palm
Dates can be eaten fresh or made into pastes, juices and syrups. Page 19.
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.
Finger Bananas
Finger bananas are about the size of your thumb and sweeter than standard bananas. Page 24.
Jackfruit
The jackfruit is the largest edible tree fruit in the world. Page 30.
Even Temperate Gardeners Can Have a Windmill...
If you live in a temperature region but want the look of the tropics, plant a windmill palm.
Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit has two varieties - purple and yellow. The yellow variety is called lilikoi in Hawaii. Page 47.
Jujube
Jujube can have a taste similar to apples or dates, depending on how ripe they are. Page 31.
Jaboticaba
The jaboticaba is eaten fresh or made into jellies, jams, and juices. Page 29.
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.
Live in an Urban Area? Try the Hedge Maple!
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.
Banana Pup
Tree and Shrub Glossary - Definition of Banana Pup
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Longan
Longan is also called dragon's eye because of the white pulp and single black seed. Page 34.
Arizona State Flower - Saguaro Cactus Bloom
The state flower of Arizona is the saguaro cactus bloom. Page 3.
Marang
The marang is related to the breadfruit and jackfruit. Page 40.
Mamey
The orange pulp of the mamey has a strong, pleasant smell and tastes like apricots or berries. Page 37.
Durian
Latin Name: Durio zibethinus Other Names: Civet fruit Type: Tree Native to: Malaysia and Borneo Fruit:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lychee
Lychee has a red skin that is easily removed, revealing white pulp inside. Page 36.
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.
Mangosteen
Latin Name: Garcinia mangostana Type: Tree Native to: Malay peninsula Fruit: The mangosteen is 1.33-3"
Usher in Spring by Planting an Eastern Redbud
Learn the basics of growing the eastern redbud tree, an early bloomer.
Grosella
The grosella fruits are generally too sour to eat, but can be cooked. Page 26.
Fuchsia
Fuchsia berries are edible and used in jams. Page 25.
Papaya
Papaya comes in 2 kinds - Hawaiian and Mexican. Page 46.
Mango
The mango is likely the most popular fruit in the world. Page 38.
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.
Black Haw Viburnum Growing Profile
The black haw viburnum is a large shrub that features an abundance of white flowers in the spring.
Strawberry Tree - Arbutus unedo
One beautiful drought tolerant shrub is the strawberry tree, which features dainty flowers and colorful round fruits.
10 Trees for Zone 3
If you live in Zone 3, consider one of these 10 trees for your garden.
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.
Serbian Spruce
For a conical evergreen that doesn't require pruning, choose the Serbian spruce.
Growing Parrotia persica - Persian Ironwood
For a small tree with a spectacular fall leaf palette, plant Parrotia persica.
Sweetbay Magnolia Growing Profile
The sweetbay magnolia is a United States native tree or shrub that likes moist acidic soils. This is the best example of the Magnolia genus.
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.
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.
Noni
Noni fruit is said to have many medicinal benefits. Page 45.
Bring Butterflies to Your Garden With These 11...
If you want to help provide nectar for butterflies in your landscape, choose one of these 11 species.
Miracle Fruit
Miracle Fruit is popular for the way it makes sour foods taste sweet. Page 41.
20 Drought-Tolerant Shrubs for Your Yard
One beautiful drought tolerant shrub is the beauty bush.
Pepino Melon
Pepino is related to tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and tamarillo. Page 48.
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.
Custard Apple
The name custard apple is used for several related fruits. Page 18.
Citrus Fruit
Citrus fruit comes in many different shapes and sizes. Page 15.

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