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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.
Add Grace to Your Garden With These 19 Weeping...
See pictures and basic growing facts for 19 weeping trees.
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.
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.
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Prunus x cistena
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
Trees and Shrubs With Purple Leaves
Purple leaves on trees and shrubs are a great way to add a distinctive color to the garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like Conifers? Try One of These 12 Spruce Trees...
Members of the Picea Genus - Meet 12 Spruce Trees and Shrubs in this photo gallery.
Growing Jacaranda Trees in Your Yard
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Banana Tree - Musa spp.
Learn how to grow the tropical banana tree in your own yard.
Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
If you like the look of hibiscus but live in a cooler region, choose the rose of Sharon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moist Soil? Try One of These Birch Trees
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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.
Learn How to Grow the Graceful Weeping Willow
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this 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.
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.
Star Jasmine
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine.
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.
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.
How Can I Make My Soil More Acidic?
There are ways available to make your soil more acidic if needed.
What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes?
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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.
Common Lilac
Perfume will fill the air in your garden if you plant the common lilac. Learn more about growing these shrubs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jasmine Shrubs and Vines
Enjoy the glorious scent that jasmine shrubs and vines produce when you plant one of these species.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bird's Nest Spruce
A good dwarf conifer for your garden is the bird's nest spruce. Learn more about growing these shrubs here.
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.
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.
Princess Flower Growing Profile
The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is best grown in tropical and subtropical gardens. It features gorgeous purple blossoms.
4 Ways to Control Plant Suckers
With proper planting, moderate pruning, and some simple aftercare, you too can prevent those pesky plant suckers!
Growing the Paperbark Maple - Acer griseum
For a smaller tree with beautiful bark, choose the paperbark maple (Acer griseum).
Growing Ninebark - Physocarpus opulifolius
Ninebark is a real trooper; it can handle a wide variety of growing conditions with gusto.
World Hardiness Zones
Use these maps from around the world to determine what USDA zone your country falls under.
Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
Red Chokeberry Growing Profile
The red chokeberry will liven up your garden throughout all four seasons.
Growing Contorted Filbert - Corylus avellana...
The contorted filbert is a specimen shrub with twisting branches and yellow catkins.
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.
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.
Usher in Spring by Planting an Eastern Redbud
Learn the basics of growing the eastern redbud tree, an early bloomer.
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.
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.
Guava
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
Growing the Korean Fir - Abies koreana
This small fir features striking purple cones.
Blueberries - Vaccinium spp.
Latin Name: Vaccinium spp. There are many different species of blueberries. Common Names: Blueberries,
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.
Alaska State Flower - Forget-Me-Nots
The forget-me-not (Myosotis alpestris subsp. asiatica) is the official state flower of Alaska. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Linden Trees
For a tree with heart shaped leaves, choose one of the linden tree species.
Growing Indian Hawthorn - Rhaphiolepis indica
This small evergreen shrub works well for both residential and commercial landscapes.
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.
Guanabana
Guanabana is also called soursop. It is related to the cherimoya, custard apple, and sweetsop. Page 27.
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.
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.
10 Trees for Zone 3
If you live in Zone 3, consider one of these 10 trees for your garden.
12 Trees and Shrubs With White Flowers
If you are a fan of white flowers, choose one of these 12 trees and shrubs for your garden.
Finger Bananas
Finger bananas are about the size of your thumb and sweeter than standard bananas. Page 24.
Banana Pup
Tree and Shrub Glossary - Definition of Banana Pup
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.
Controlling Spider Mites
Spider mites are a common garden pest both indoors and outdoors. Learn about the different ways that you can control spider mites.
Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit flesh can be bright white or deep magenta. Page 20.
Pyramidal Tree Shape
Evergreens, among other trees, often have a pyramidal tree shape. Page 5.
Feijoa
Feijoa is also known as pineapple guava. Page 22.
North Carolina State Flower - Flowering Dogwood
The state flower of Northern Carolina is the flowering dogwood. Page 35.
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.
New York State Flower - Rose
The state flower of New York is the rose. Page 34.
Durian
Latin Name: Durio zibethinus Other Names: Civet fruit Type: Tree Native to: Malaysia and Borneo Fruit:
Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit has two varieties - purple and yellow. The yellow variety is called lilikoi in Hawaii. Page 47.
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.
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.
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.
Pruning Dead, Damaged, and Diseased Wood
Removing dead, damaged, and diseased wood is plant triage: the first step of good pruning. This guide tells you how to find dead, diseased, and damaged wood in your own plants and why it is important to remove these before doing any other pruning.
Jaboticaba
The jaboticaba is eaten fresh or made into jellies, jams, and juices. Page 29.
Date Palm
Dates can be eaten fresh or made into pastes, juices and syrups. Page 19.
Mangosteen
Latin Name: Garcinia mangostana Type: Tree Native to: Malay peninsula Fruit: The mangosteen is 1.33-3"
12 Trees for Zone 6
All 12 of these trees will be able to grow in a Zone 6 landscape.
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.
Growing Fringe Tree - Chionanthus virginicus
A delightful sight to behold in spring is a fringe tree in bloom. The shrub is covered with white flowers that are fragrant. Learn more about the growing conditions needed for success.
Serbian Spruce
For a conical evergreen that doesn't require pruning, choose the Serbian spruce.
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.
Round Tree Shape
Strawberry tree has a round shape. Page 6.
Love Fragrant Purple Flowers? Plant a Lilac...
If you want your garden to be filled with a heady scent, choose a lilac tree or shrub. They feature sprays of gorgeous flowers each spring.
Jackfruit
The jackfruit is the largest edible tree fruit in the world. Page 30.
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.
Grow One of These Shrubs if You Live in Zone 10
These 10 shrubs will work well for your garden in Zone 10.

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