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What's So Great About the Ginkgo Tree?

Posted by Chloe Smith

Great might be an understatement. I must confess, I have always been partial to gingko trees. Their leaves are unlike any other tree in the landscape, but the more I learn about ginkgo trees, the more I realize how truly fascinating this tree really is.

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Tags: Plants, Trees

The Best Ways to Prevent Southwest Injury on Trees in the Winter

Posted by Chloe Smith

 

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Tags: General, Trees, Winter

Where Should Junipers Be Planted?

Posted by Paul Blanche

Juniperus Virginiana "Canaertii"

 

      "The Right Plant For The Right Space"

How important is it to select the right plant for the right place? Just ask my neighbor Fred. Recently he asked, "Hey Paul, why are my hostas always crispy brown and my roses rarely bloom?" Well Fred, I'm glad you asked.....I think.

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Tags: Plants, General, Evergreens, Trees, Shrubs

What Are The Benefits of Trees

Posted by Jacob VanOteghem

Trees Work

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Tags: Plants, General, Trees, Environmentally Friendly

Heptacodium miconioides-Seven Sons Flower (Review)

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

Fall Blooming Tree-Heptacodium, Seven Sons Flower

Fall is typically the season where everyone is enjoying the changing foliage colors on trees and shrubs in the landscape and there's not much to look at in the way of flowers with the exception of the usual the fall mums and asters and a few other perennials.  But not every plant follows the typical blooming schedule of spring or summer.  Heptacodium miconioides is a distincitive small tree that not only blooms in the fall, but has several other exciting features as well.

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Tags: Plants, Trees, Shrubs

Best Fruit Trees For The Midwest (Reviews/Ratings)

Posted by Mark Luchtefeld

Best Fruit Trees for the Midwest 

Back in the old days my brothers and I played in and around the 20 or so odd fruit trees Dad planted in our large back yard. Come spring, however, it was "watch-the-fruit time." There was no playing around Dad's trees, especially when the fruit was ripening.

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Tags: Plants, Local, Trees

Best Magnolias For Zone 6-(Reviews)

Posted by Jeff VanBuren

What Are The Best Magnolias For Zone 6-(Reviews)

When I hear the name Magnolia I typically think of large Southern Magnolias lining the drive of a southern plantation. The large glossy leaves. The huge white fragrant flowers. Ahhh I can picture it and smell the lemony scent of them now. What most people don’t know is that it is not the only type of Magnolia, and they aren’t just for the deep south.

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Tags: Plants, Local, Trees

Aronia Arbutifolia Brilliantissima / Red Chokeberry (Review)

Posted by Tim Tosovsky

Aronia Arbutifolia Brilliantissima/Red Chokeberry (Review)

This deciduous shurb has it all. Fruit for birds, nectar for insects, cover for wildlife and multi-season beauty. Clusters of spring blooming white to pinkish flowers provide loads of nectar for pollinators. Dense clusters of glossy red fruit follow the flowers. The fruit ripens in late summer and persists through winter. the glossy foilage turns brilliant red in autumn, making it terrific altermative to the non-native, burning bush (Euonymus alatus).

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Tags: Plants, Trees

River Birch (Betula Nigra)-Review

Posted by Paul Blanche

Description of River Birch- Betula Nigra 

A favorite and widely used landscape ornamental grown as a single or multi stem tree.

The exfoliating brown bark is the most attractive feature of this plant.  It is very interesting in all seasons especially in winter contrasted off of snow. Darker brown branches are highlighted off of the lighter cream to light brown color trunk.

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Tags: Plants, Trees

Best Upright Junipers In The Midwest (Ratings/Reviews)

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

Best upright junipers in the Midwest

When you hear the name Juniper you might immediately think, UGH, I hate that plant.  Sure, for a long time in the 1950’s and 60’s junipers (mostly spreading) were probably a bit overused, but who can argue that a low maintenance shrub with year round color isn’t nice to have.  Upright junipers lost favor as well because the faster growing and cheaper arborvitae came into the picture. As gardeners we’ve evolved quite a bit over the years.  We have access to more information, growers are producing so many more varieties of plants, we’ve turned our yards into outdoor living spaces and we basically are demanding more.  But, does that mean junipers are a “has been” or should be thrown to the curb?  I say, NO! Junipiers, just like any other plant, serve a purpose and have their place in everyone’s landscape.  Since there are several types of junipers, uprights, spreaders, groundcover, let’s focus on the upright junipers and talk about three of the top selling varieties in the Midwest.

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Tags: Plants, Evergreens, Trees, Shrubs