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Trees & Shrubs: Most Popular Articles

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12 Species of Holly Trees and Shrubs
Add color to your landscape with holly trees and shrubs. They are often evergreen and feature fruit that stays on in winter.
12 Species of Fir Trees
Many Christmas trees are chosen from the fir tree genus, Abies. Meet 12 species of these conifers.
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 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.
Do Bananas Have Seeds?
Have you every stopped to think and wonder if bananas have seeds? Learn how these trees reproduce.
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.
12 Species of Spruce Trees and Shrubs
Spruce trees are evergreen conifers that are given the genus name of Picea.
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.
12 Species of Willow Trees and Shrubs
Willow trees and shrubs are filed in the Salix genus. These plants do best in moist soil. Meet 12 species of willow trees and shrubs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Add Grace to Your Garden With These 19 Weeping...
See pictures and basic growing facts for 19 weeping trees.
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.
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.
Citrus Photo Gallery
See pictures and facts for 16 common citrus fruits.
Growing Jacaranda Trees in Your Yard
For a gorgeous tree with purple flowers, choose the jacaranda.
Guanabana
Guanabana is also called soursop. It is related to the cherimoya, custard apple, and sweetsop. Page 27.
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.
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.
Banana Tree - Musa spp.
Learn how to grow the tropical banana tree in your own yard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guava
Guava is one of the most commonly cultivated fruits in the world. Page 28.
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.
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.
31 Acacia Trees and Shrubs
See pictures and facts about 31 different acacia tree and shrub species. Another name for this type of plant is wattle.
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.
Concolor Fir
The concolor fir (Abies concolor) is chosen as a Christmas tree for its shape, color, aroma and long needle retention. Page 5.
Virginia Pine
Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana) is especially popular for use as a Christmas tree in the South. Page 15.
Leyland Cypress
Leyland cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii) is an especially popular Christmas tree in the Southeastern
Balsam Fir
The balsam fir (Abies balsamea) has long-lasting needles, an appealing shape, and stays fragrant. Page 2.
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.
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.
Douglas Fir
The Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is still one of the most popular choices for Christmas trees. Page 6.
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.
Growing the Aleppo Pine - Pinus halepensis
One pine tree that does well in warmer areas is the Aleppo pine. This can be used as a cut or living Christmas tree.
Fig Tree
The fig tree is one of the oldest cultivated fruit trees - over 5000 years. Page 23.
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.
Finger Bananas
Finger bananas are about the size of your thumb and sweeter than standard bananas. Page 24.
6 Ways to Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Don't throw your tree away after the holidays - recycle it! This list includes 6 different ways you can recycle your Christmas tree.
Star Jasmine
For an intense jasmine-like smell and beautiful white flowers, plant the star jasmine.
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.
What Is a Chanukah Bush?
A Chanukah bush is a custom that is practiced in America and Canada. Some Jewish families will decorate a real or artificial tree, usually in shades of blue, white or silver.
Trees and Shrubs With Purple Leaves
Purple leaves on trees and shrubs are a great way to add a distinctive color to the garden.
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.
Colorado Blue Spruce
Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens) makes a distinctive Christmas tree with its blue needles. Page 4.
Canaan Fir
Canaan fir (Abies balsamea var. phanerolepis) is a Christmas tree that is similar to Fraser fir and balsam fir. Page 3.
Eastern Redcedar
Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) are usually found at "cut your own Christmas tree farms". According
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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.
Cashew Apple
The cashew apple is not a true fruit. The actual fruit is the gray nut on top. Page 13.
Jaboticaba
The jaboticaba is eaten fresh or made into jellies, jams, and juices. Page 29.
Jackfruit
The jackfruit is the largest edible tree fruit in the world. Page 30.
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.
Eastern White Pine
Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) is a good Christmas tree for people with allergies, since it has little scent. Page 8.
Passion Fruit
Passion Fruit has two varieties - purple and yellow. The yellow variety is called lilikoi in Hawaii. Page 47.
Deodar Cedar Growing Profile
The Deodar cedar is a majestic evergreen conifer that has a naturally pendulous shape.
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.
Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit are a good source of nutrients, being high in Vitamins A,C,and E. Page 33.
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.
World Hardiness Zones
Use these maps from around the world to determine what USDA zone your country falls under.
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.
Jujube
Jujube can have a taste similar to apples or dates, depending on how ripe they are. Page 31.
White Spruce
White spruce (Picea glauca) is a Christmas tree that has good coloring and shape, and a long needle life. Page 16.
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.
Grosella
The grosella fruits are generally too sour to eat, but can be cooked. Page 26.
Tamarillo
Tamarillo is known as the tree tomato, which what you will get if you order one from those ads. Page 59.
Sumac Trees and Shrubs
Become acquainted with 12 members of the sumac (Rhus) genus.
Learn How to Grow the Graceful Weeping Willow
One common weeping tree is the weeping willow. Learn more about growing this in your garden
Fuchsia
Fuchsia berries are edible and used in jams. Page 25.
Kei Apple
Kei apple is an African fruit that is a great source of Vitamin C. Page 32.
Cherimoya
Latin Name: Annona cherimola Other Names: Custard Apple (the name is shared by several species), Chirimoya,
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.
Longan
Longan is also called dragon's eye because of the white pulp and single black seed. Page 34.
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.
Feijoa
Feijoa is also known as pineapple guava. Page 22.
Purple Leaf Sand Cherry - Prunus x cistena
Purple leaf sand cherry is a deciduous shrub that -features white or pink flowers and purple leaves.
How To Make Scented Pine Cones With Glue and...
Scented pine cones can be an easy and fun craft to do with your children, especially if you use glue and spices.
Pepino Melon
Pepino is related to tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and tamarillo. Page 48.
Jasmine Shrubs and Vines
Enjoy the glorious scent that jasmine shrubs and vines produce when you plant one of these species.
Growing the Amur Maple - Acer ginnala
Is the Amur maple the right choice for your landscape? Learn more in this growing profile.
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.
Pistachio Nut
Pistachio nuts are related to the mango, cashew, and poison ivy. In botany, they are considered to be a drupe, not a nut. Page 8.
Custard Apple
The name custard apple is used for several related fruits. Page 18.
Date Palm
Dates can be eaten fresh or made into pastes, juices and syrups. Page 19.
Sweetsop
Sweetsop is also called the sugar apple. Page 58.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sapodilla
Sapodilla tastes like a mix of brown sugar and root beer. Page 56.
Dragon Fruit
Dragon fruit flesh can be bright white or deep magenta. Page 20.
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.
Papaya
Papaya comes in 2 kinds - Hawaiian and Mexican. Page 46.
Rambutan
Rambutans are red and covered in soft, hairy spines. Page 52.
Grow Your Own Christmas Tree by Planting a...
Learn how you can grow a Douglas fir in your own garden with this growing profile.
Star Apple
Star apples have a core that looks like a star when cut. Page 57.
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!
Rose Apple
Rose apples are red and bell-shaped with white flesh. Page 53.
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.
Salak
Latin Name: Salacca zalacca , Salacca edulis Other Names: Snake fruit Type: Palm tree Native to: Java
Mango
The mango is likely the most popular fruit in the world. Page 38.
Pineapple
The pineapple is a tropical bromeliad. Page 49.
12 Trees That Attract Butterflies as a...
One way to bring butterflies to your garden is by providing food for their larvae. Choose one of these 12 trees to help feed those hungry caterpillars.
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.
Pomegranate
The pomegranate is a tasty fruit that is full of antioxidants. Page 51.
Citrus Fruit
Citrus fruit comes in many different shapes and sizes. Page 15.
Serbian Spruce
For a conical evergreen that doesn't require pruning, choose the Serbian spruce.
Pick These Species for an Awesome Living...
Are you interested in a living Christmas tree this year? Here are 12 different choices that will work well.
How Can I Make My Soil More Acidic?
There are ways available to make your soil more acidic if needed.
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?
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.
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:
Coconut Palm
The coconut palm is one of the most familiar tropical fruits. Page 16.
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.
Breadfruit
The breadfruit is a staple of the Polynesian diet. Page 9.
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.
Princess Flower Growing Profile
The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is best grown in tropical and subtropical gardens. It features gorgeous purple blossoms.
Santol
The santol is eaten fresh, candied, or made into alcohol. Page 55.
Growing Indian Hawthorn - Rhaphiolepis indica
This small evergreen shrub works well for both residential and commercial landscapes.
Lemon
Lemons star in many recipes like lemonade. Page 8.
Growing Avocado Trees in Your Home Garden
If you live in an area that is tropical or subtropical, try growing your own avocado tree.
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.
Plantain
Plantains are often fried and not eaten fresh. Page 50.
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.
Mamey
The orange pulp of the mamey has a strong, pleasant smell and tastes like apricots or berries. Page 37.
Marang
The marang is related to the breadfruit and jackfruit. Page 40.
Banana Pup
Tree and Shrub Glossary - Definition of Banana Pup
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.
Mangosteen
Latin Name: Garcinia mangostana Type: Tree Native to: Malay peninsula Fruit: The mangosteen is 1.33-3"
Cacao
Cacao is the source of a favorite food for many - chocolate. Page 10.
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.
Coffee Tree
Coffee trees produce the second largest commodity product in the world. Page 17.
Tamarind
Tamarind is usually used as a flavoring for drinks and desserts. Page 60.
Types of Leaf Arrangements
One facet of tree and shrub identification is the arrangement of the leaves on the stem. There are three basic types of leaf arrangements: alternate, opposite and whorled.
Mandarin Orange
There are three kinds of mandarin oranges. Page 9.
Ackee
The ackee is said to have a flavor that is a little like eggs and nuts. Page 4.
Growing the Korean Fir - Abies koreana
This small fir features striking purple cones.
Monstera
Monstera has a flavor that is said to be like a mix of several other tropical fruits. Page 42.
Noni
Noni fruit is said to have many medicinal benefits. Page 45.
Hardy Banana Trees
Hardy bananas allow you to add banana trees to your temperate garden.
What is a Buckeye?
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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.
Carambola
Latin Name: Averrhoa carambola Other Names: Star fruit Type: Tree Native to: Likely Ceylon and the Moluccas
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