Category: Trees

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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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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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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Magnolias

DWARF MAGNOLIA Did you know there is a dwarf magnolia? Little Gem magnolia is an award winning dwarf variety of the traditional Southern Magnolia. Because it is smaller, it can be used in spaces where a full-size southern magnolia would be crowded and overwhelming. This dwarf magnolia is slow growing to 30-35 feet while the … […]

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Japanese Maples

JAPANESE MAPLES IN EAST TEXAS! Every home garden needs at least one Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) especially selected as a specimen plant for a “show” spot. There is so much information about these gorgeous trees that it is impossible to cover it all. So, I will give you enough to whet your appetite! Most Japanese … […]

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Vitex Or Chaste Tree

Chaste tree has a long and interesting history. For thousands of years, it has been used to promote celibacy, and treat PMS and infertility. The berries were used as a substitute for pepper. Medical uses, particularly in Europe, continue. Because of its abundant spires of blue to purple flowers, Vitex was used as a replacement … […]

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