Trees and shrubs - page 4

Majestic towering trees compete with emblematic shrubs to decorate gardens throughout the year. Here’s all you can expect from your shrubs and trees.

4 seasons Pieris

Pieris come in a multitude of varieties and put on a show all year round in the garden,
Flowers of the pieris shrub

Andromeda, a 4-seasons shrub

Andromeda is a shrub that stays beautiful from spring to winter thanks to abundant blooming in spring and changing flamboyant hues for the leafage during the rest of the year.
Andromeda is a type of shrub. As a plant, it is magnificent in all seasons

Spring blooming shrubs

Wonderful at the beginning of spring, these shrubs are among the first to celebrate spring in our gardens, balconies and terraces with their beautiful flowers. They are often major players in our mixed hedges and shrub beds
Shrub that blooms in spring: soap bush

Russian Olive, a nice shrub

Russian olive is a beautiful shrub. Its name comes from its native region – Southern Russia – and the resemblance to the olive tree around the Mediterranean.
Leaves and flower of the Russian olive tree

Where is Russian Olive invasive or native?

Russian olive, or Elaeagnus angustifolia, is native to Europe. On other continents, it is reported as an invasive species since it crowds native vegetation out. Here are a few maps that show the distribution of Russian olive
Invasive Russian Olive in Montana

Japanese snowball, spring snow

An amazing blooming, beautiful leafage, ornamental fruits… Birds and insects love Japanese snowball. And we do, too!
Japanese snowball with two types of flower

Tamarisk native and invasive ranges

Tamarisk can be classified into three species: Tamarix aphylla, T. parviflora, and T. ramosissima. On some continents, it is reported as an invasive species since it crowds native vegetation out. Here are a few maps that show the distribution of Tamarix
Tamarisk, invasive and native ranges

Tamarisk, a very easy shrub

Tamarisk is a spring-blooming or summer-blooming shrub that is well known for its pale pink flowers. Ideal for seaside gardens thanks to wind and salt resistance.
Tamarisk shrub with forget-me-nots

Cloud pruning for trees and shrubs

Niwaki – this is the Japanese word for cloud pruning. It’s the act of trimming trees into cloud shapes. An ancestral, elaborate art, this cloud pruning technique was developed to create symbolic spaces,
Magnificent example of a cloud-pruned shrub with 8 to 10 clouds and a silver gray trunk.

Viburnum plicatum, Japanese snowball

Viburnum plicatum is a family of shrubs with stunning abundant blooming. Some are doublefile while others bloom like snowballs. Some cultivars are more rare than others, but all are beautiful! Viburnum plicatum facts Name – Viburnum plicatum Family – Adoxaceae (formerly Caprifoliaceae) Type – shrub Height – 10 feet (3 meters) Exposure – full sun or part sun Soil – […]
Green snowball shaped flower of a viburnum plicatum species

Willow shrubs, small but ever so elegant

Not all willows grow tall. Some stay short and cute! Here are some willow shrubs to discover. Wise willow facts Name – Salix Family – Salicaceae Type – shrub Height – 3 to 13 feet (1 to 4 m) Exposure – full sun Soil – cool Foliage – deciduous Flowering – March Planting willow shrubs Best planted in fall to promote root development before […]
Willow shrubs are willows that grow shorter than normal willow trees

Winter blooming shrubs

Even though there aren’t very many, winter blooming shrubs are often among the most amazing. They are unique in that they bloom when all the other plants are at rest.
Witch hazel blooming in winter

Witch-hazel, the tree with golden stars

Witch-hazel: the spooky name betrays its uniqueness. Magical and mysterious, witch-hazel is covered in winter with strange gold yellow flowers and in fall is draped in amazing hues.
Witch hazel bloom

Create your own bonsai!

The Egyptians were familiar with putting trees in pots to carry them around easily, then the Chinese did it because it looked good, but the Japanese are the people who became the true creators of the art of bonsai.
Bonsai with shears on a table

Barbary fig, the cactus with paddles and prickly pear fruits

Barbary fig key facts Botanical name – Opuntia ficus‑indica Common names – barbary fig, Mickey Mouse cactus, prickly pear, tree cactus Family – Cactaceae Type – perennial cactus Height – 15 feet (5 m) and more Exposure – full sun Soil – light, well-draining, any pH Hardiness – not hardy (minimum 50°F or 10 °C) […]
Barbary fig paddles
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