Trees and shrubs - page 5

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

Fagus sylvatica, the giant tree with smooth bark and colorful leaves

Fagus sylvatica or common beech is certainly one of the most majestic trees in our forests. As seasons roll in and out, the fabulous size of its crown, the vast diversity of its shapes, and the many appealing charms it offers make it a favorite. Fagus sylvatica key facts : Botanical name – Fagus sylvatica Common […]
Fagus sylvatica tree growing alone

Bamboo, a plant with mysterious secrets

It’s very difficult to classify these gigantic stalks: they’re the size of shrubs and grow like perennials… but they’re technically grasses! Some bamboo plants are towering high, others are dwarf-sized, some have straight canes and others arch back down and even creep along the ground.
Light shining through bamboo plants

Phyllostachys, the perfect bamboo for landscaping

Phyllostachys is among the most famous bamboo families in the garden. Giant, dwarf, green, yellow black… there’s one species for every garden! Discover how to care for it in a few simple steps.
Phyllostachys bamboo with stems and leaves

Honey locust, a sweet giant – with massive thorns!

If you’ve got a large garden, go ahead and plant a Gleditsia triacanthos, you’ll savor its cool shade during summer. And, you’ll marvel at the honey locust‘s sweet fall fruit pods in fall and winter.
Honey locust planting and care

Caucasian elm, delicate yellow leaves in fall for a hardy-proof winter

Caucasian elm facts Name – Zelkova carpinifolia Family – Ulmaceae Type – tree Height – 100 feet (30 meters) Exposure – full sun Soil – ordinary Foliage – deciduous Flowering – April Planting Caucasian elm Indifferently, in fall or spring. Follow our guidelines on planting trees. This is a very hardy tree, down to -10°F […]
Caucasian elm leaves

Bottlebrush buckeye

Bottlebrush buckeye is a shrubby tree that spreads more than it grows tall. It’s a relative of the chestnut tree and has the same leaves. Bottlebrush Buckeye facts Name – Aesculus parviflora Family – Sapindaceae Type – shrub Height – 6 ½ feet (2 meters) Exposure – full sun or part sun Soil – ordinary, well drained Foliage – deciduous Flowering – June to […]
Yellow leaves of bottlebrush buckeye in fall

Reducing thuja, a battered look for a year, before bursting back!

Thuja, or Arborvitae, is a long-living tree that just keeps growing. If you miss a few pruning seasons, you’ll have to cut it back hard! Here’s what Michel experienced. Read also: Planting and caring for thuja Evergreen hedges, a good idea? Hedge pruning, timing, tips A short note before beginning, from Michel himself: I think […]
Large thuja needing to be cut back heavily

Italian Buckthorn

Italian Buckthorn facts Name – Rhamnus alaternus Family – Rhamnaceae Type – shrub Height – 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 meters) Exposure – full sun, part sun Soil – ordinary Foliage – evergreen Flowering – March to May Planting Italian Buckthorn Plant in spring preferably. If you plant in fall, you might constrain its proper development and regrowth, especially if the winter is harsh in your area. […]
Red berries dot this rhamnus alaternus or mediterranean buckthorn

Pruning trees and shrubs

Sometimes, it’s better not to prune than to prune wrong. Before going crazy with your hand pruner in the garden, learn why to prune and the do’s and don’ts of pruning.
Pruned grapevine with a drop of sap oozing out

Phillyrea, a short olive-like tree for hardy climates

Phillyrea facts, a short list Name – Phillyrea Family – Oleaceae Type – shrub Height – 16 to 23 feet (5 to 7 meters) Exposure – full sun to shade Soil – ordinary Foliage – evergreen Flowering – April to June Planting phillyrea In fall or spring for potted shrubs. Only in fall for plants purchased with their roots bare. Follow our advice on planting shrubs Pruning phillyrea Follow our […]
Phillyrea shrub with fruits on it

Irresistible mock-orange!

This is one of the garden’s most enchanting and fragrant shrubs. Very accommodating, it settles in anywhere it’s planted, and gives the garden a romantic outlook with its cascade of white petals and its scent of fresh orange flowers. Very easy shrub to live with, mock-orange or Philadelphus produces excellent results in every garden and […]
Mock orange shrub in full bloom

Pink Peppercorn

Pink Peppercorn facts, a short list Name – Schinus molle Family – Anacardiaceae Type – tree Height – 50 to 65 feet (15 to 20 meters) Exposure – full sun Soil – ordinary Foliage – evergreen Flowering – May to September. Fruit formation – June to September Planting pink peppercorn It is recommended to plant pink peppercorn in spring, for it to […]
Pink peppercorn, or Schinus molle, tree with fruit

Grevillea, superb flower shrub

Grevillea junipera is a beautiful spring-blooming shrub, that is easy to grow in garden boxes, pots or in the garden.
Grevillea juniperina

How to plant a tree or shrub

Planting a shrub, rose tree or tree is an important phase in the life cycle of the plant you have just purchased. After having been grown in a container in a nursery or garden store, your plant will now
Planting trees and shrubs
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