Pruning Deciduous Shrubs

Laura Jull, UW-Madison Horticulture, UW-Extension Revised:  8/13/2012 Item number:  XHT1015 Why prune shrubs?  Pruning is important for a variety of reasons.  Pruning can help control the size of a shrub, direct growth, influence flowering or fruiting, rejuvenate old, overgrown plants, or maintain plant health and appearance.  Pruning also encourages growth below the pruning cut.  In […]

Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata

If you want a small tree or large shrub with large, showy white or pink flowers in early spring, star magnolia is a great choice. There are several cultivars of this deciduous ornamental with bold, glossy foliage and interesting winter architecture, making it a good specimen plant at any time of the year. Read more about Magnolia stellata in this article…

River Birch, Betula nigra

Betula nigra is a tall native tree that makes a great ornamental for large spaces because of its graceful form and attractive bark. It is one of the most culturally adaptable and heat tolerant of the birches, thriving in moist soil, but is somewhat drought tolerant once established. To learn more about river birch, read this article…

Is My Ash Tree Worth Treating for Emerald Ash Borer?

When should I consider treating my ash tree for EAB? This factsheet addresses some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the treatment of ash trees for emerald ash borer (EAB), and the removal and disposal of infested trees.

Cycads

Are you familiar with the ancient group of plants called cycads? These “living fossils” have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, although they are no longer as numerous as they once were. These cone-bearing plants hail primarily from the tropics, but many are easily grown as container plants. To learn more about cycads, read this article…

Daphne xburkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’

If you want a medium-sized shrub with fragrant flowers in spring and attractive, variegated foliage the rest of the growing season, consider ‘Carol Mackie’ daphne. This mound-shaped shrub is covered in intoxicatingly scented flowers in late spring. To learn more about this  low-maintenance plant, read this article…

Maple Gall Mites (Eriophyidae)

Have you found little green or red bumps or other weird growths on maple leaves and wondered what caused that? Inside each bump are tiny eriophyid mites, feeding on the developing gall tissue. If you want to learn more about these mites and what to do about this problem, check out this article on maple gall mites…

Three Flowered Maple, Acer triflorum

Are you looking for a small tree with great fall color and winter interest? The Asian maple Acer triflorum fits the bill. Learn more about this attractive species in this article…

Espalier

Are you interested in getting higher yields of fruit, want a fruit tree but don’t have space for a regular-sized one, or just want an interesting pruned plant as a focal point in your garden? There is a horticultural technique involving pruning and training that can accomplish all of these goals. Read this article to learn more about the classic technique of espalier…

'Tiger Eyes' Staghorn Sumac, Rhus typhina

Looking for a striking foliage plant? Tiger Eyes™, introduced in 2004, offers a long season of interest with deeply-cut, almost lacy leaves that start yellow and turn orange in fall. This medium-sized, slow-spreading shrub is a big departure from the typical staghorn sumac. Learn more about Tiger Eyes™ sumac in this article…

Amur Cherry, Prunus maackii

In cold climates with long winters, it’s nice to incorporate plants with winter interest in the landscape. Amur cherry is a small tree from the Far East that has cinnamon-brown exfoliating bark that is most prominent in winter, when the leaves have fallen. To learn more about this attractive, underused tree hardy to zone 2, read this article…

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