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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

Best Shade Tree For Fall Color--Maple October Glory (Review)

Posted by Tim Tosovsky

What's the best shade tree for fall color?? Maple October Glory, of course.

These trees are ideal for landscaping and grow fast requiring minimal attention. October Glory maple trees quickly mature into an oval shape, reaching up 40 – 50 feet with a spread of 25’ – 30’ making them excellent shade trees. In the spring they produce red flowers and in the summer they have dark green leaves. The picture to the left show’s some of the most intense red foliage in the fall of all maples. October Glory retains their leaves later in the season than other deciduous trees, which provides a longer display.

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Tags: Plants, Trees, Fall

Best Uses Of Junipers In The Landscape

Posted by Ryan Hinrichs

Uses of Junipers in the Landscape

What do you think when someone mentions junipers? At first you might tend to have negative thoughts, but junipers deserve their spot in landscapes, due to their different shapes and sizes. Junipers have numerous uses in landscapes, like groundcover, hedges, windbreaks, topiaries, and foundation plantings. Junipers are evergreen and part of the conifer family, but produce berries instead of cones. Junipers are heat and drought tolerant once established, and tolerate poor soil conditions. Junipers perform best in full sun, but can tolerate shade. Also, junipers do not like wet locations and prefer well-drained soil. Depending on the species, juniper planting zones range from two to nine.

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Tags: Plants, General, Evergreens, Trees, Shrubs

What are the Best Qualities of Winter King Hawthorn? (Review)

Posted by Dave Morgenroth

Best Qualities of Winter King Green Hawthorn (Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’ )

I had the opportunity to grow this plant several years ago, and it has always been one of my favorite ornamental trees, as it has several great qualities.

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Tags: Plants, Trees

Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple) Review

Posted by Angela Jackson

Acer griseum-A Handsome All Season Tree

Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple) has many attributes that make it a must for every garden.  It is a slow growing tree of small stature that fits in well next to a patio or driveway.   It is attractive year round.  The most notable feature is the cinnamon-color exfoliating bark.  Contrasting against a new fallen snow, this rich warm bark is a welcome contribution to a winter garden. 

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Tags: Plants, Trees

Upright Junipers Vs. Arborvitae (Reviews)

Posted by Darlene Caviness

Upright Junipers vs. Arborvitae (Reviews)

Upright conifers have many uses, from hedges and screens to specimen plants.  Upright Juniper and Arborvitae can both be used for the same purposes.  Are they actually the same genus?  Which should you plant?  Let’s compare them. 

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Tags: Plants, Evergreens, Trees, Shrubs

What are the Benefits of Living Christmas Trees

Posted by Mark Luchtefeld

What are the benefits of living Christmas Trees?

Years and years ago my dad would bring home a fresh cut Balsam fir. The fragrance in the house was great and it was really fun to decorate. Usually after 10 days or so it would start dropping needles. Naturally with 6 boys trapped in the house during Christmas vacation needle drop became an entertainment game. Whoever dropped the most needles in one flick of the branch was the winner.

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Tags: Trees, Winter

Container Grown Trees vs. B&B Trees

Posted by Paul VanOteghem

There are several considerations when choosing which type of tree to plant, either a container-grown or field-grown a.k.a. B&B (ball & burlap).  Prior to the advent of container-grown trees, B&B was the only option and still continues to be very popular.  Not that many years ago the availability of container-grown trees was very limited.  That is no longer true.  The popularity of this form has grown for several reasons.    Neither form is necessarily better than the other, just different.  The following is a discussion of various issues to be considered when selecting a shade or ornamental tree. 

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Tags: Plants, Trees