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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Common apple trees are small to medium trees that bear pretty white flowers in spring and colorful and edible fruit in fall. These trees are usually round-topped with a short trunk and spreading branches.

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American holly comes in more than 1,000 varieties. With leaves like Christmas holly and red berries (on female plants), they are beautiful and attract birds throughout winter.

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Amur maple is a small deciduous tree. The leaves, which turn scarlet in fall, are small for a maple, toothed, and have three main lobes. A good tree for small spaces.

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The bald cypress is strongly associated with the South but is hardy and adaptable to most of the country. It has a pyramidal shape with short green needles and fibrous bark.

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Black walnut is a large tree with an oval crown and black trunk and stems. It produces edible, though very well protected, nuts. It is best used as a specimen tree.

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The Carolina silverbell is a small tree that matures to a round-headed form. The name is suggestive of the wedding-bell-shaped flowers that cover it in spring, while seed pods are decorative in fall.

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Common persimmon is a large fruit tree. It is very colorful in fall with yellow to purple leaves and yellowish fruits. The fruits must be exposed to frost before being harvested.

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Deodar cedars, also called California Christmas trees, have fragrant wood and graceful branches. With soft needles in dense bunches, it is a very elegant evergreen. Use as a specimen tree or for screening.

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The dove tree is a collector's item. It is adorned by bracts of small, yellow balls of lowers with two white leaves hanging from them. It should be used as a specimen or accent tree.

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Willow oak tree combines the leaves of a willow tree with the trunk and branches of an oak. Learn how to grow and maintain this unique tree in your yard or garden.

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Sassafras tree is a fruit tree with uniquely variable leaves that adapts well to many soil conditions. Learn how to grow and maintain the distinctive sassafras tree in your yard or garden.

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The pecan tree is a massive, lush shade tree ideal for large spaces. It is prized for producing delicious nuts. Learn how to grow and maintain the rewarding pecan tree.

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Shagbark hickory tree grows up to 80 feet, and creates a dense anopy of shade by the time it reaches maturity. Learn how to grow and maintain shagbark hickory tree in your yard or garden.

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Silk tree is the heartiest mimosa and adds a tropical flair to northern gardens. Learn how to grow and maintain silk tree and enjoy the pink powderpuff blooms in your yard.

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Sourwood tree has glossy, sour-tasting leaves that were once used in medicinal tonics. Learn how to grow and maintain sourwood tree and cultivate its bell-shaped summer flowers in your yard or garden.

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Southern yellow pine tree is known for its very long needles, which are often cut and used as Christmas decorations. Learn how to grow and use southern yellow pine tree.

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Sweet gum tree is a tall majestic tree that has maple-like leaves that turn yellow to red in the fall. Learn how to grow sweet gum tree in your yard or garden.

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Sweet orange tree provides attractive foliage year-round, blooming with delicate flowers and growing vibrant, delicious fruit. Learn how to grow and use sweet orange tree in your yard or garden.

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Tamarack tree is one of the few conifers that loses its leaves in winter, displaying lovely fall coloration beforehand. Learn how to grow and use tamarack tree in your landscaping project.

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Tulip tree is widely planted as an ornamental tree throughout North America and Europe owing to its graceful shape and unique flowers. Learn how to grow and use tulip tree in your yard or garden.

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Washington hawthorn tree is a showy fruit tree which resists fireblight and grows an abundance of red berries. Learn how to grow and use Washington hawthorn tree in your yard or garden.

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Western yellow pine tree, also called ponderosa pine tree, is a hearty specimen tree that can grow to 100 feet. Learn how to grow and maintain western yellow pine tree.

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White ash tree is a popular choice for landscaping because it is fast-growing and requires little care. Learn how to grow and use white ash tree in your yard or garden.

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White fir tree, sometimes known as Colorado fir, is native to the Rocky Mountains and thrives in cool, humid environments. Learn how to grow and use white fir tree in your yard or garden.

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Eastern hemlock tree is a versatile specimen tree native to North America. Many people also plant eastern hemlock trees as low hedges. Learn how to grow and maintain the eastern hemlock tree in this article.

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