Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Trees, shrubs and vines are a key element of a beautiful home that you shouldn't underestimate. Learn everything you need to know about trees, shrubs and vines.


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How to Pick Ripe Fruit

You'd like to go to the market and buy some fruit, but don't know how to pick ripe fruit.

How to Grow a Mock Orange Shrub

You'd like to learn how to grow mock orange shrubs because of their beauty and their fragrance. Learn about how to grow a mock orange shrub in this article.

10 Creeping Vines that Provide Privacy

While trees and shrubs can certainly create a living barrier within your yard, creatively placed vines can give you that feeling of privacy, your own personal retreat.

10 Small Trees

Most trees out there have the ability to overpower your yard, your neighbor's yard, and maybe even the street. But they don't necessarily have to. There are some small trees that can fit perfectly in any space.

Tree Pictures

These tree pictures will allow you to stroll through the world of walnuts, maples, redwoods and more.

How can I tell if my backyard tree is diseased or dead?

Trees are living, breathing things, and tree disease can take down even the mightiest oak or redwood. But how can you tell if your tree is sick and can recover, or if your tree is dead and past hope?

How Bonsai Works

Unlike model trains or dollhouses, bonsai is a living landscape. It's the vision of the bonsai artist applied to a tree, shrub or plant.

Tree Peony

A tree peony is a great addition to a cottage-style garden with its cupped blossoms of red, pink, yellow, and white. The shrubs may grow to 7 feet tall and as wide but may be kept smaller by selective pruning. Read about its care.


Arrowwood is shrub that is sure to attract wildlife -- bees, butterflies, and birds flock to its flowers and berries. The strong, straight branches were once used to make arrows, hence its common name. Learn how to care for it.

Bluebeard, Blue Mist Spirea

Bluebeard, blue mist spirea, is actually a woody shrub. It has blue-purple flowers and adds great color to the garden in late fall. Butterflies find it irresistible. Read about caring for this lovely plant.

Geranium, Scented

Scented geraniums have perfumed leaves, often with fruity or spicy fragrances. They have magnificently varied leaves, and in summer grow clusters of white, pink, or purple flowers. Read more about this species of pelargoniums.

Ruby Horse Chestnut Tree

The ruby horse chestnut tree is a medium to large tree that reaches 40 to 60 feet of height at maturity. Learn how to grow and use ruby horse chestnut tree in your yard.

Eastern White Pine Tree

Eastern white pine, reaching heights of 100 feet, makes an indelible mark in the yard with blue-green needles and a pyramid shape. Learn more about pruning the eastern white pine.

Smoke Tree

Smoke tree leaves vary from bluish green to violet between varieties. Smoke tree can reach heights of 15 feet. Learn more about controlling height, foliage and flowers through pruning.

Sargent Cherry Tree

Sargent cherry tree combines strength and beauty by being easy to transplant and displaying rich pink flowers. Dark-colored fruit make it a friend of birds. Learn about how to display this tree, which can live as long as 50 years.

Drooping Leucothoe

Drooping leucothoe, a bushy plant reaching 6 feet vertically and horizontally, has blooms that look like lily-of-the-valley. Leaves can change color through winter to a shade of violet. Learn how to use drooping leucothoe as ground cover to camouflag

Oregon Grape

Oregon grape has berries that can be eaten, but has leaves that look more like holly. Forest green in summer, leaves can turn violet-red in the off-season. Learn how to use it in preventing erosion.

American Yew

American yew can ramble as it spreads, growing to 8 feet wide, and offer pretty color through the off-season. Learn how to grow American yew as a tree or prune it into shape.

American Bittersweet

American bittersweet needs both male and female plants for flowering and berry production. It grows so well that it needs to be controlled around other plants. Try using it to camouflage posts around the garden.

Dwarf Myrtle

Dwarf myrtle has a delightful scent when pierced. Its many varieties and uses (as a screen, hedge, or topiary) make it an interesting plant to care for and display. Learn more about its flowering habits.

Tree Rose

Tree roses are a way of growing roses, not a separate class of flower. Learn how to achieve the manicured presentation of tree roses in your own yard or garden.


Abelia, a shrub with forest-green leaves that turn purple, produces tube-shaped flowers well into autumn. Hummingbirds love it. Learn how to make abelia the highlight of your yard.

Common Boxwood

Common boxwood can grow into a tree. Mostly used as a hedge or topiary, it's known more for its glossy leaves than flowers. Learn more about healthy propagation of common boxwood.

Fountain Butterfly Bush

Fountain butterfly bush can grow up to 15 feet tall, further emphasizing branches that curve into a droop. Learn more about this purple-flowered friend of butterflies.

Red Chokeberry

Red chokeberry produces somewhat edible fruit and grows even in low-quality soil. Leaves change color, flowers bloom white, and berries typically last into winter. Learn more about red chokeberry.