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Trees 94 Stories

The mere sight of a well-grown Japanese maple evokes mental images of tranquility and mysticism unlike any other plant. These versatile trees are equally at home in the courtyards of...
The mere sight of a well-grown Japanese maple evokes mental images of tranquility and mysticism unlike any other plant. These versatile trees are equally at home in the courtyards of...
Pretty Trees for Patios, Paths and Other Tight Spots
People have grown trees in their gardens since ancient times. But as gardens become smaller and more valuable as outdoor living spaces, is there still room for a tree? I know from living with the smallest of garden spaces that whether or not to plant...
How to Keep Your Citrus Trees Well Fed and Healthy
Growing citrus trees is incredibly rewarding, especially when you bite into a delicious slice of sweet, tangy fruit. Maybe oranges are your favorite...
Great Design Plant: Cedrus Atlantica ‘Glauca’
There are certain trees that just seem to have soul. Conifers in particular, with their unique and unusual shapes and time-tested strength, seem to have personalities just as strong as their human counterparts. This is why I am drawn to them. Enter the...
Great Design Plant: Pinus Thunbergii ‘Thunderhead’
Pines, like red wine, can be an acquired taste. Many of us played in pine forests as children, never giving a thought as to what makes these trees special. But there are certain pines that can do for your garden what no other plant can do: They can provide...
Great Design Plant: Olneya Tesota Offers Desert Shade
Ironwood (Olneya tesota), a member of the pea family, has flowers similar to those of sweetpea blossoms in shape. Like many desert trees, ironwood easily handles extreme drought, hot temperatures and full sun, all while providing filtered shade...
Great Design Plant: Halesia Tetraptera
I first experienced Carolina silverbell (Halesia tetraptera) one summer at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At that time it looked like a rather average tree, but it started getting interesting in the fall when the winged...
Great Design Plant: Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis
Conifers are great additions to any garden where they will grow. They introduce elegance and structure to the landscape. When flowering perennials are done and have disappeared for the season, these stalwart workhorses mind the garden until spring. Certain...
Celebrate Eastern Oaks for Wildlife, Longevity, and Seasonal Interest
Surely no tree captures our imagination more than an oak. Often living for hundreds of years, oaks support a diversity of life above and below the ground, a rhizosphere community, where a symbiotic relationship exists between diverse species. Native oaks...
Great Design Plant: Chionanthus Virginicus
White fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) is a large shrub or small tree with a native range across the southeastern United States, but it can tolerate temperatures in colder zones. Fringe-like flowers cover the tree for two weeks in late spring,...
Stretch the Budget, Seasons and Style: Add Conifers to Your Containers
Perhaps your perception of using conifers in containers is limited to a weary topiary spiral juniper gathering cobwebs by the front door, or a young Alberta spruce dressed up in a gaudy foil pot cover and decorated with a cheap red velvet bow, as seen...
Great Design Plant: Parkinsonia Flor Paints the Desert Green and Yellow
Perhaps the most iconic tree of the desert Southwest is the palo verde (Parkinsonia florida), with its characteristic green trunk and branches. This native desert tree comes with a Spanish name that literally translates to “green...
Great Design Plant: Southern Magnolia, Iconic U.S. Native
Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) has an old-world charm, with its large, dark, glossy green leaves reminiscent of the tropics. Like the southern...
11 Trees for Brilliant Fall Color
One of autumn's joys is watching the leaves on the trees change color; look at the enduring popularity of day trips (or even longer excursions) just to enjoy this phenomenon. If you're lucky, you can enjoy the show at home thanks to the trees that are...
Great Design Plant: Southern Live Oak Offers an Unbeatable Canopy
Live oaks grace the U.S. South with their Spanish moss–laden branches and epic proportions. The oldest live oak tree, the famous Angel Oak of South Carolina, is estimated to be more than 400 years old. To say that the live oak is a tough tree...
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