Serviceberry, Amalanchier spp.

If you’re looking for a small tree with attractive white blossoms in spring and small fruits that can be food for animals or humans, consider one of several species of serviceberry. There are a number of plants in the genus Amalanchier that are graceful trees or shrubs that can provide year-round ornamental interest in the landscape. To learn more, read this article…

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Autumn Blaze® Maple

Not all maples are created equal. For dependable, bright, long-lasting fall color, Autumn Blaze® Maple, is a sure bet. A hybrid of red and silver maple, this popular and proven performer combines the best attributes of both parents – fast growth, drought tolerance and good fall color.  Learn more about this vigorous, stately, and adaptable shade tree…

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Forsythia, Forsythia spp.

As one of the first shrubs to flower, the showy yellow flowers of forsythia are the ultimate symbol of spring in many places. This tough, early-blooming, medium-sized shrub does well in the urban landscape, but does have some drawbacks. Learn more about forsythia in this article…

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Winter Pruning

Almost all plants need some type of maintenance, and trees and shrubs are no exception. These woody plants will generally be healthier and more attractive if pruned appropriately. The best time for pruning deciduous trees and shrubs is in the winter, when they are leafless. To learn more about pruning trees and shrubs, read this article…

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Scent in the Garden

If you couldn’t see, would you think about your garden differently? Most garden designers think about its visual appeal, but little else. Many plants have features that appeal to our other senses. Considering fragrance in the plants you use can take your garden to another level. Learn more about scent in the garden in this article…

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Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis

Need a small tree with spring flowers and interesting structure? Unless you live way up north eastern redbud may fit the bill. With selected strains and cultivars hardy to zone 4, this North American native offers showy pink flowers in early spring before most other trees are even leafing out. To learn more about Cercis canadensis, read this article…

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Callery pear, Pyrus calleryana

Callery pear can be an attractive addition to the landscape in the right situation. This small introduced ornamental tree does have some drawbacks, including the potential to become invasive in some climates. Learn more about this species and its cultivars to decide whether it is appropriate for your situation or not in this article…

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Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata

If you want a small tree or large shrub with large, showy white or pink flowers in early spring, star magnolia is a great choice. There are several cultivars of this deciduous ornamental with bold, glossy foliage and interesting winter architecture, making it a good specimen plant at any time of the year. Read more about Magnolia stellata in this article…

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River Birch, Betula nigra

Betula nigra is a tall native tree that makes a great ornamental for large spaces because of its graceful form and attractive bark. It is one of the most culturally adaptable and heat tolerant of the birches, thriving in moist soil, but is somewhat drought tolerant once established. To learn more about river birch, read this article…

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Chocolate, Theobroma cacao

What could be better than chocolate? Many people love this sweet, rich treat, but not everyone knows where it comes from. The process of converting the seeds of a tropical rainforest tree to the confection we know involves a number of steps. But that tree itself is an interesting plant. To learn more about where chocolate comes from, read this article…

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