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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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.

By Betty Barr Mackey

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.

By Betty Barr Mackey

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.

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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.

By Betty Barr Mackey

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.

By Betty Barr Mackey

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.

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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.

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Burning bush, or euonymous, is known for its remarkable fiery pinkish-red color. This bush has a different look for each season: insignificant yellow flowers are followed by attractive red berries. Learn about this shrub.

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The fothergilla blooms with large clusters of petalless, very fragrant, white flowers. In the fall, its leaves turn bright shades of yellow, red, and orange. Learn more about this shrub.

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Heather grows beautiful small flowers with tiny leaves that stay on all winter. Blooming in winter and early spring, it's perfect for winter gardens. Heather also makes a good ground cover. Learn about this shrub.

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Michigan holly's red berries make it an attractive winter plant. The shrub's green leaves turn yellow in fall. The holly's red berries last through winter, if not eaten by birds. Learn about this accent plant.

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Hydrangeas are shrubs with large flower clusters, which may be mounded, globular, or spiked. The flowers can be nearly 2 inches in diameter and can be white, pink, purple, or blue. Learn about the hydrangea.

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Hypericum, a medium-sized shrub with bright yellow flowers, is also known as St. John's wort. Flowers appear in summer. Fruits are popular in flower arrangements. Learn about hypericum.

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Lilacs are cod resistant flowering shrubs. Their tall, upright shrubs have clusters of perfumed, lavender or white flowers and green leaves. Lilacs make a great accent plant or blooming hedge. Learn about this flowering shrub.

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Mock orange has long branches loaded with pure white, fragrant flowers. This is a large deciduous shrub, best used in a shrubbery boarder or as an informal hedge. Learn about this flowering shrub.

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Ginkgo, or maidenhair tree, is a now-extinct oriental tree. Its seeds, which smell like rancid butter, are used in herbal tonics. This flowering plant is a good city street tree. Learn about the ginkgo.

By Betty Barr Mackey

Camellia is a shrub with pink flowers, red flowers, and white flowers. Camellias come mainly from China and Japan. Blooms appear in fall, winter, and spring. Camellias are great accent plants. Learn about the camellia.

By Betty Barr Mackey

Specimen trees are the ones that catch your eye. These brilliant beauties stand out from the forest. In this article, we'll teach you about specimen trees and how to add them to your yard.

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Shade trees are the largest elements in the landscape. With each passing year, big trees grow more valuable, increasing the worth of your property. Learn about shade trees you can use to enhance your landscape.

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Fast-growing trees will increase in height by several feet a year. Learn about the fast-growing trees, such as weeping willows, which can make a big and quick impact on your landscape.

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Evergreen shrubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with many different types of foliage. Learn how evergreen shrubs such as heather can add year-round beauty to your garden.

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Flowering shrubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with many different types of foliage. Learn how flowering shrubs such as azaleas and rhododendrons can add fragrance and beauty to your garden.

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Landscape shrubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with many different types of foliage. Learn how landscape shrubs such as euonymous, heather, and hydrangeas can add beauty to your garden.

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Fruit trees can be among the most memorable elements of your landscape. Learn about fruit trees, such as sargent cherry and ginkgo, that can add beauty to your entire garden.

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Many flowering trees offer all-season interest. Learn about flowering trees, such as dogwood, crape myrtle, and southern magnolia, which add beauty to your landscape.

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