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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.
Choose One of These Lovely Species of Gum Trees...
If you are interested in trees that are tropical and evergreen, one of these 12 species of gum trees may be perfect for your garden.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moist Soil? Try One of These Birch Trees
If you have a spot with wet soil, a birch tree may be the perfect solution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Citrus Photo Gallery
See pictures and facts for 16 common citrus fruits.
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.
Growing Jacaranda Trees in Your Yard
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
Learn How to Grow the Graceful Weeping Willow
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this in your 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.
What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes?
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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.
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.
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 Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
Is the Amur maple the right choice for your landscape? Learn more in this growing profile.
Like Conifers? Try One of These 12 Spruce Trees...
Members of the Picea Genus - Meet 12 Spruce Trees and Shrubs in this photo gallery.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use One of These 9 Fig Tree Species in Your...
You may have a fig tree species in your house if you have a houseplant. These can also be large trees in the right conditions.
Fig Tree
The fig tree is one of the oldest cultivated fruit trees - over 5000 years. Page 23.
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.
Like White Flowers? Try One of These 12...
If you are looking for a plant with white flowers, one of the Viburnum shrubs may work nicely in your garden. See 12 species here.
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.
Love Hummingbirds? Plant One of These 10 Trees!
If you like hummingbirds, try planting one of these 10 different kinds of trees in your landscape.
New Zealand Tea Tree Growing Profile
The New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium) sports pretty blossoms in shades of white, pink or red.
Guava
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
Add White Flowers to Your Garden With a...
The serviceberries (Amelanchier spp.) are deciduous trees and shrubs that bear lovely white flowers, purple fruit and have leaves that change in fall.
Guanabana
Guanabana is also called soursop. It is related to the cherimoya, custard apple, and sweetsop. Page 27.
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.
For a Shrub with Purple Leaves, Try the Purple...
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
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.
Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit flesh can be bright white or deep magenta. Page 20.
Star Jasmine Vines Will Add a Heady Fragrance...
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine as this vine will produce both in your landscape.
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.
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.
Grow One of These Shrubs if You Live in Zone 10
These 10 shrubs will work well for your garden in Zone 10.
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.
Star Apple
Star apples have a core that looks like a star when cut. Page 57.
How To Use A Pole Saw
Using a pole saw is a must for the homeowner or gardener that needs to prune a large tree, or remove dead wood. The pole saw is a dangerous tool but can be used safely with discretion and a little guidance.
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.
Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit has two varieties - purple and yellow. The yellow variety is called lilikoi in Hawaii. Page 47.
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 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.
World Hardiness Zones
Use these maps from around the world to determine what USDA zone your country falls under.
Finger Bananas
Finger bananas are about the size of your thumb and sweeter than standard bananas. Page 24.
See if the Aleppo Pine Will Flourish in Your...
One pine tree that does well in warmer areas is the Aleppo pine. This can be used as a cut or living Christmas tree.
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.
Date Palm
Dates can be eaten fresh or made into pastes, juices and syrups. Page 19.
Jasmine Shrubs and Vines
Enjoy the glorious scent that jasmine shrubs and vines produce when you plant one of these species.
Add Brilliant Scarlet Splashes with the Weeping...
The weeping bottlebrush is a tropical beauty features red blooms that will bring hummingbirds to your garden.
Jaboticaba
The jaboticaba is eaten fresh or made into jellies, jams, and juices. Page 29.
Lychee
Lychee has a red skin that is easily removed, revealing white pulp inside. Page 36.
Sweetsop
Sweetsop is also called the sugar apple. Page 58.
Types of Palm Trees
Palm trees are common to many tropical locations. Some are able to handle cooler temperatures also.
Princess Flower Growing Profile
The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is best grown in tropical and subtropical gardens. It features gorgeous purple blossoms.
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.
Grosella
The grosella fruits are generally too sour to eat, but can be cooked. Page 26.
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.
Common Lilac
Perfume will fill the air in your garden if you plant the common lilac. Learn more about growing these shrubs.
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.
Longing for Spring? A Border Forsythia Will Let...
Border forsythia is one of the heralds of spring, bursting into bloom before many other plants.
Noni
Noni fruit is said to have many medicinal benefits. Page 45.
Marang
The marang is related to the breadfruit and jackfruit. Page 40.
10 Trees for Zone 10
These 10 trees are able to survive in Zone 10.
Loquat
Loquats grow in clusters of 4-30 fruits. Page 35.
Learn More About Familiar Fruits That Are...
Familiar fruits like apricots, peaches, nectarines, and cherries all belong to the Prunus genus. Learn about 19 different Prunus trees and shrubs that feature beautiful flowers that burst into glory in the spring. Many, as shown above, also have edible fruits.
Papaya
Papaya comes in 2 kinds - Hawaiian and Mexican. Page 46.
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.
Growing Avocado Trees in Your Home Garden
If you live in an area that is tropical or subtropical, try growing your own avocado tree.
Banana Tree - Musa spp.
Learn how to grow the tropical banana tree in your own yard.
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.
Cashew Apple
The cashew apple is not a true fruit. The actual fruit is the gray nut on top. Page 13.
Durian
Latin Name: Durio zibethinus Other Names: Civet fruit Type: Tree Native to: Malaysia and Borneo Fruit:
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!
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.
Blueberries - Vaccinium spp.
Latin Name: Vaccinium spp. There are many different species of blueberries. Common Names: Blueberries,
Longan
Longan is also called dragon's eye because of the white pulp and single black seed. Page 34.
Rambutan
Rambutans are red and covered in soft, hairy spines. Page 52.
Tamarind
Tamarind is usually used as a flavoring for drinks and desserts. Page 60.
Miracle Fruit
Miracle Fruit is popular for the way it makes sour foods taste sweet. Page 41.
Add a Sweet Fragrance to Your Garden with the...
If you want to add some lovely white flowers to your garden that are perfumed, one excellent choice is the orange jasmine.
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.
Mangosteen
Latin Name: Garcinia mangostana Type: Tree Native to: Malay peninsula Fruit: The mangosteen is 1.33-3"
Custard Apple
The name custard apple is used for several related fruits. Page 18.
Feijoa
Feijoa is also known as pineapple guava. Page 22.
Indian Hawthorn Proves That Drought Tolerant...
Indian hawthorn is a small evergreen shrub that works well for both residential and commercial landscapes. It is drought tolerant.
Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit are a good source of nutrients, being high in Vitamins A,C,and E. Page 33.
Jujube
Jujube can have a taste similar to apples or dates, depending on how ripe they are. Page 31.
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.
Pepino Melon
Pepino is related to tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and tamarillo. Page 48.
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.
Citrus Fruit
Citrus fruit comes in many different shapes and sizes. Page 15.
Areca Palm
Areca palms are a great choice for an indoor palm tree since they removes pollutants from the air. Page 3.

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