The drought in California is well into its 3rd year. Many people have cut back on watering their landscapes and let their lawns die. Lawns are easy to replace, but landscape trees are not. Sprinkler water may be the only water landscape trees receive during summer. One of the symptoms of drought stress in trees […] Finish reading: Summer Fall Color: Drought StressFall Color Trees
Fall is the most wonderful time of the year (in my humble opinion). Every year the colors are a little bit different. Read read about the how’s and why’s of fall color in blog Plant Trees in Fall! Now is a great time to plant trees and shrubs that produce gorgeous fall colors. My website […] Finish reading: Fall Color: It’s not just for New England!
There are many varieties of flowering plums (Prunus cerasifera). In late winter or early spring, abundant white or varying shades of pink flowers cover the tree, depending on the variety. Although the tree is called a “flowering” plum, many varieties also bear edible fruit, ranging from sour to bland in flavor. P.c. ‘Hollywood’ bears good […] Finish reading: Winter/Spring Flowering Tree: Purple Leaf Flowering Plum
Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis) is a flowering tree tree for all seasons. In late winter/spring (depending on your climate) it produces small clusters of purplish-pink blooms on bare branches, followed by flat, bean-like seedpods. As the flowers fade, attractive, heart-shaped leaves begin to open. In autumn, leaves provide fall color, and the bean pods remain […] Finish reading: Flowering Tree: Western Redbud
Liquidambar or Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is my top pick for fall color in the category of tall trees. It’s definitely a show-stopper! When I was a kid, our house had two large Liquidambar trees in our front yard. I loved watching the green leaves change color each year. In mild winter years the leaves […] Finish reading: Fall Color: Liquidambar or Sweet GumFall Color Trees
Every year in fall something magical happens. Green trees that were unnoticeable before begin to draw the eye. The leaves transform into bursts of beautiful colors like gold, orange, red and purple. How does this transformation happen? Well, let’s talk a bit about photosynthesis first. What exactly IS it? To get idea of what goes […] Finish reading: Fall Color