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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Beech, American

The American beech is a tall shade tree that can grow larger than 80 feet. Its leaves are green in summer and golden-bronze in fall. It has edible nuts. Learn about American beech tree.

Crape Myrtle

Crape myrtle tree is a flowering tree. This specimen plant has large, showy flowers in electric colors that sizzle across the branches: great splashes of pink, purple, red-violet, and white. Learn about the crape myrtle tree.


One of the most popular flowering trees, the dogwood is a medium-sized deciduous tree with large blossoms in spring. This accent plant is a great tree for small yards. Learn about the dogwood.


Rosemary is a shrub that comes in all sizes, is rooted easily, and can be grown from a seed or sold while small. Learn how to grow it in containers or gardens.


Rhododendrons offer a lot of landscape appeal because of their diverse sizes, shiny leaves, and colorful globes of flowers. Learn to grow them for use in woodland gardens, shubbery borders, and foundation plantings.

Douglas Fir

Because it keeps its needles longer than most when it is cut and brought inside, the Douglas fir, a type of evergreen pine tree, is favored as a Christmas tree. Learn about this ornamental tree.


The pieris remains a popular shrub because it has almost every landscape use in borders and as a background plant. Learn to care for and combine this small-flower plant with spring bulbs.


Hornbeam is a good landscape tree, and is often used for topiary gardens. It can be used as a hedge, a shade tree, a screen, or in patio containers. Learn about hornbeam tree.


Sour gum tree is a beautiful shade tree with glossy green leaves in spring and fire-engine red foliage in fall. This street tree is a favorite bee plant. Learn more about gum tree.


Juneberry tree offers color in all seasons -- white flowers and green leaves in spring, red berries in summer, orange-red leaves in fall, and gray bark in winter. Learn about this small tree.

American Linden

American linden tree is the native eastern North American species of linden, also known as basswood. It is a stately, tall tree, growing to more than 100 feet. Learn about this tree.

Honey Locust

Honey locust tree is a tall deciduous tree with ornamental, lacy foliage. The shade tree grows up to 70 feet, produces yellow-green fall foliage, and is a pod tree. Learn about this tree.

Southern Magnolia

The Southern magnolia is an evergreen tree, native to the southeastern United States. It has flamboyant, large flowers and attractive, tropical-looking leaves. The blooms are white and exude a lovely fragrance. Learn about this tree.

Sugar Maple

The sugar maple tree, also called hard or rock maple, has spectacular red, orange, and yellow fall colors. Native to the northeastern United States, it produces maple syrup. Learn about this tree.

White Oak

The white oak grows to become a massive sized tree. It can also reach a great age: an 800-year-old tree is not uncommon in nature. The white oak is a perfect specimen tree for parks. Learn about this classic tree.


The leucothoe is a low-growing evergreen shrub that is native to the southeastern United States. It is a good ground cover and is excellent for mass plantings. Find out about this shrub.


The redbud, a native North American tree, has striking reddish-purple flowers. The redbud is a graceful and small tree, with spreading and slightly drooping branches. Learn about this flowering tree.

Norway Spruce

The Norway spruce tree, with its perfect, pyramidal shape, makes a fine Christmas tree. Its needles are dark green year-round; the cones, borne sporadically, are large for a spruce. Learn about the Norway spruce tree.

Weeping Willow

Weeping willows are wide, tall trees with curtains of drooping branches. Their small, narrow leaves appear late winter. Plant these trees near a pond or lake. Learn about this beautiful tree.


The sycamore is a very tall tree native to North American forests. This deciduous tree's white bark flakes off to reveal green, gray, and brown bark. Learn about this noble tree.


The color of its wood gives the yellowwood tree its name. It is a slow-growing, low-branching tree, that is a nice landscape or shade tree. Its white spring flowers resemble wisteria. Learn about the yellowwood.


Blueberry bushes have clusters of white, bell-like flowers in spring and edible blueberries in summer. High producers like bluecrop can give more than ten quarts of blueberries per year. Learn about this shrub.


Bridal-wreath can grow 6 to 10 feet high and spread 10 to 12 feet wide. The small leaves are greenish-blue and masses of small, white flowers cover it in spring. Learn about this shrub.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly bushes are shrubs that have clusters of small flowers at the ends of their many branches. Blooms are usually purple, rose, magenta, or white and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Learn to plant butterfly bush.


Enkianthus comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. It can be either a dome-shaped shrub or a small tree with clusters of small bell-shaped, veined reddish-beige or pink flowers. Learn about this shrub.