Category: Trees & Shrubs

Hydrangeas

HYDRANGEAS BRIGHTEN LANDSCAPE One plant that stands out all summer with vivid color is the Hydrangea. In shaded areas, its large blooms of white, pink, or blue will outshine all others. The most common variety in our area is the French Hydrangea. Easy to grow in rich, moist soil, it has a large, mounding shape … […]

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Ginkgo

GINKGO The (Gingko biloba) is a lovely and hardy deciduous,ornamental shade tree which is well-suited to the Tyler area. It is a straight tree with fan-shaped, leathery, light green leaves which resemble maidenhair fern and turn yellow-gold in the fall. Although the tree can reach a height of 70 to 80 feet, it is slow … […]

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Fringe Flower

CHINESE FRINGE FLOWER The Chinese Fringe-Flower (Loropetalum chinense) is a plant that I had not heard of until recently. Introduced in the US in the early 1990’s, this shrub with purple leaves has fringy flowers that have been described as hot pink. It blooms in late winter to early spring and sporadically throughout the summer. … […]

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Dogwoods

DOGWOODS MEAN SPRING The wild dogwoods (Cornus florida) could more aptly be called “spring snowflakes,” as they color the hillsides winter white. It’s almost impossible to imagine northeast Texas without dogwoods, and spring is an ideal time to add one–or two or three–to your landscape. When purchasing dogwoods and deciding where to plant them, remember … […]

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Chinese Fringe Flower

CHINESE FRINGE FLOWER The Chinese Fringe-Flower (Loropetalum chinense) is a plant that I had not heard of until recently. Introduced in the US in the early 1990’s, this shrub with purple leaves has fringy flowers that have been described as hot pink. It blooms in late winter to early spring and sporadically throughout the summer. … […]

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Christmas Trees

CHRISTMAS TREE SELECTION & CARE (1) A few simple care tips will keep your Christmas tree fresh and fragrant throughout the holiday season. For the freshest tree possible, consider going to a tree farm to pick and cut your own “Texas Grown.” If buying a precut tree, buy early for the best selection and to … […]

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Pruning Tips

PRUNING PRINCIPLES Looking around East Texas this year, you will no doubt see trees that are pruned in several ways. How a tree is pruned will greatly affect the growth form, vigor, and stability of the tree. Two common types of pruning are thinning out and topping. Topping is not a recommended practice. In fact, … […]

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Camellias

CAMELLIAS If you’ve been thinking about adding camellias to your landscape, now is a great time to get ready. While camellias can be set out anytime of the year if properly cared for, late fall to early spring is the ideal time to plant them. For best results, camellias should be planted in partial or … […]

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Planting Trees

PLANTING TREES AND SHRUBS We are lucky that our climate permits the planting of trees and shrubs just about all year long. Bare-rooted plants can be planted in the winter and early spring. The advantage of bare- root planting is that you can back fill the hole with the dirt you dug out, which helps … […]

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Trees for Fall

FALL TREE PLANTING The following article should hopefully provide you with the basic knowledge to successfully plant a tree and achieve a high livability rate. When you are ready to plant, dig a hole the depth of the root ball and half again as wide as the container. The soil you take out of the … […]

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