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Trees & Shrubs: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
Do Bananas Have Seeds?
Have you every stopped to think and wonder if bananas have seeds? Learn how these trees reproduce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Like Conifers? Try One of These 12 Spruce Trees...
Members of the Picea Genus - Meet 12 Spruce Trees and Shrubs in this photo gallery.
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.
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.
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.
Fraser Fir
Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is often used as a Christmas tree since it ships well, has an excellent shape and coloring, and has long lasting needles and fragrance. Page 9.
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.
Grand Fir
Grand fir (Abies grandis) is a good choice for those who want a Christmas tree with a strong scent and pleasing shape. Page 10.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Growing Jacaranda Trees in Your Yard
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
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.
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.
What is the Difference Between Shrubs and Bushes?
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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.
What is a Buckeye?
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Scotch Pine
The Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) is likely the most common species used for Christmas trees, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Page 14.
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.
Leyland Cypress
Leyland cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii) is an especially popular Christmas tree in the Southeastern
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.
Noble Fir
The noble fir (Abies procera) is very popular as a Christmas tree with its strong branches, long life and shape/color. Page 12.
Virginia Pine
Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana) is especially popular for use as a Christmas tree in the South. Page 15.
Norway Spruce
Norway spruce (Picea abies) must be cut fresh and well watered if used as a Christmas tree or it will lose its needles quickly. Page 13.
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.
Concolor Fir
The concolor fir (Abies concolor) is chosen as a Christmas tree for its shape, color, aroma and long needle retention. Page 5.
White Spruce
White spruce (Picea glauca) is a Christmas tree that has good coloring and shape, and a long needle life. Page 16.
Trees and Shrubs With Purple Leaves
Purple leaves on trees and shrubs are a great way to add a distinctive color to the 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.
Banana Pup
Tree and Shrub Glossary - Definition of Banana Pup
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.
Learn How to Grow the Graceful Weeping Willow
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this in your garden
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.
Moist Soil? Try One of These Birch Trees
If you have a spot with wet soil, a birch tree may be the perfect solution.
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.
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.
Canaan Fir
Canaan fir (Abies balsamea var. phanerolepis) is a Christmas tree that is similar to Fraser fir and balsam fir. Page 3.
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.
Douglas Fir
The Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is still one of the most popular choices for Christmas trees. Page 6.
Learn How to Make Your Own Easy Scented Pine...
Scented pine cones can be an easy and fun craft to do with your children, especially if you use glue and spices.
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.
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.
Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit flesh can be bright white or deep magenta. Page 20.
Colorado Blue Spruce
Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens) makes a distinctive Christmas tree with its blue needles. Page 4.
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.
Balsam Fir
The balsam fir (Abies balsamea) has long-lasting needles, an appealing shape, and stays fragrant. Page 2.
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.
Growing the Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
Is the Amur maple the right choice for your landscape? Learn more in this growing profile.
Eastern White Pine
Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) is a good Christmas tree for people with allergies, since it has little scent. Page 8.
Date Palm
Dates can be eaten fresh or made into pastes, juices and syrups. Page 19.
Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
Eastern Redcedar
Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) are usually found at "cut your own Christmas tree farms". According
Finger Bananas
Finger bananas are about the size of your thumb and sweeter than standard bananas. Page 24.
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.
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.
Try One of These Living Christmas Trees This...
If you are in the market for a living Christmas tree this holiday season, take a peek at 12 different possibilities that you could try.
Guanabana is also called soursop. It is related to the cherimoya, custard apple, and sweetsop. Page 27.
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
Grow Your Own Christmas Tree by Planting a...
Learn how you can grow a Douglas fir in your own garden with this growing profile.
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.
Star Jasmine
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine.
Cashew Apple
The cashew apple is not a true fruit. The actual fruit is the gray nut on top. Page 13.
Feijoa is also known as pineapple guava. Page 22.
Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit has two varieties - purple and yellow. The yellow variety is called lilikoi in Hawaii. Page 47.
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.
Lychee has a red skin that is easily removed, revealing white pulp inside. Page 36.
World Hardiness Zones
Use these maps from around the world to determine what USDA zone your country falls under.
Latin Name: Durio zibethinus Other Names: Civet fruit Type: Tree Native to: Malaysia and Borneo Fruit:
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.
Tamarillo is known as the tree tomato, which what you will get if you order one from those ads. Page 59.
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!
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.
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.
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?
Christmas Tree Choices
From Noble firs to Scotch pines, there are many choices available in real Christmas trees. Each species offers a different shape, needle longevity, and branch strength. Make sure you are getting the right tree for your situation with this photo gallery of common Christmas trees.
Star Apple
Star apples have a core that looks like a star when cut. Page 57.
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.
Princess Flower Growing Profile
The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is best grown in tropical and subtropical gardens. It features gorgeous purple blossoms.
Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit are a good source of nutrients, being high in Vitamins A,C,and E. Page 33.
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Prunus x cistena
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
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.
Tamarind is usually used as a flavoring for drinks and desserts. Page 60.
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.
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.
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.
Latin Name: Garcinia mangostana Type: Tree Native to: Malay peninsula Fruit: The mangosteen is 1.33-3"
Banana Tree - Musa spp.
Learn how to grow the tropical banana tree in your own yard.
Sweetsop is also called the sugar apple. Page 58.
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.
Latin Name: Annona cherimola Other Names: Custard Apple (the name is shared by several species), Chirimoya,
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.
The grosella fruits are generally too sour to eat, but can be cooked. Page 26.
The marang is related to the breadfruit and jackfruit. Page 40.
The jackfruit is the largest edible tree fruit in the world. Page 30.
The pomegranate is a tasty fruit that is full of antioxidants. Page 51.
Papaya comes in 2 kinds - Hawaiian and Mexican. Page 46.
Loquats grow in clusters of 4-30 fruits. Page 35.
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.
Pepino Melon
Pepino is related to tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and tamarillo. Page 48.
Fuchsia berries are edible and used in jams. Page 25.
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.
Longan is also called dragon's eye because of the white pulp and single black seed. Page 34.
Custard Apple
The name custard apple is used for several related fruits. Page 18.
Noni fruit is said to have many medicinal benefits. Page 45.
Kei Apple
Kei apple is an African fruit that is a great source of Vitamin C. Page 32.
The jaboticaba is eaten fresh or made into jellies, jams, and juices. Page 29.
Citrus Fruit
Citrus fruit comes in many different shapes and sizes. Page 15.
Growing the Korean Fir - Abies koreana
This small fir features striking purple cones.
Enhance Your Cooking by Growing One of These...
If you want to add your own special touch to the food you cook, why not grow the spices yourself? Here are basic growing facts for 11 of them.
Sapodilla tastes like a mix of brown sugar and root beer. Page 56.
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.
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.
Jujube can have a taste similar to apples or dates, depending on how ripe they are. Page 31.
Can You Name the Tree with the World's Biggest...
Find out which type of tree has the world's largest leaves.
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.
Rambutans are red and covered in soft, hairy spines. Page 52.
Arizona Cypress
Arizona cypress (Cupressus arizonica) is a Christmas tree that is generally found at "cut your own tree"
Grow the Largest Native American Tree Fruit by...
The pawpaw tree, a North American native, produces delightful fruit.
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.
The orange pulp of the mamey has a strong, pleasant smell and tastes like apricots or berries. Page 37.
The pineapple is a tropical bromeliad. Page 49.
Plantains are often fried and not eaten fresh. Page 50.
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.
One Drought Tolerant Tree to Consider is the...
The Austrian pine (Pinus nigra) is a hardy tree that is a survivor. Use this tree in your difficult landscape spots.
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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