Tree Landscaping

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The Texas Mountain Laurel Tree

The Texas Mountain Laurel Tree (Calia secundiflora) also called the Mescal bean.  A great flowering small to a medium-sized evergreen tree. It will produce very fragrant purple hanging flowers in early spring, usually around late March to early April. They grow up to 15-maybe 20 ft. tall and about 15 ft. wide.  It loves full […]

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The Care of Live Christmas Trees

The Care of Live Christmas Trees

The Care of Live Christmas Trees.  What exactly is a Live Christmas Tree?  It is a live evergreen pine tree that you can use to decorate for the Christmas season.  The root system is encased in a burlap sack  Sometimes this balled up sack is reinforced with chicken wire.  The majority of these trees are […]

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Evergreen shrubs and trees for the Southwest

Evergreen shrubs and trees for the Southwest. Shrubs for the Southwest The Waxleaf Privet “Ligustrum japonicum” is a good evergreen plant or shrub.  Excellent to use as a stand-alone plant or place them in rows for a great border privacy wall.   They can also be trimmed to almost any shape.  A round ball or […]

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Arbutus Unedo Strawberry Tree

Arbutus Unedo Strawberry Tree

Arbutus Unedo Strawberry Tree.  Also called the Dwarf Strawberry bush.  For something different in the garden you might want to try planting this great evergreen tree/shrub.  It produces edible strawberry-like fruit and a showy white flower that bloom at the same time.  The blooming season is late fall and into late winter. The stems and […]

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The Golden Rain Tree

The Golden Rain Tree.  (Koelreuteria paniculata) A good looking small to medium-sized shade/ornamental tree.  It will grow about 30-40 tall and wide. It is considered an invasive tree species in places where there is lots of rain and moisture.  It produces lots of seed pods that are spread out during the fall season thus it’s […]

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Raywood Ash Fall

Raywood Ash Tree

The Raywood Ash Tree (Fraxinus oxycarpa) does well in the Southwest.  It likes full sun and can tolerate poor soils.   They have dark green foliage that turns an attractive burgundy red in fall. They are resistant to the Ash blight. It will lose its leaves in winter but bounces right back in mid-spring.  They […]

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Poplar Trees Landscapine

Poplar trees landscaping

Poplar trees for landscaping.  Their botanical name is (Populus) or Cottonwood.  They are fast-growing trees and require lots of water.  They are in the Salicaceae or willow family and depending on how much water they receive they can grow up to 1-2 ft. per year. The bark on young Poplar trees is smooth, white to greenish or […]

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Fall Colors in Las Cruces

Fall Colors in Las Cruces. Trees that have good autumn color are Red Oaks, Sweet Gum ( yes, they do grow here too, we have one in our parking lot at Color Your World!), Chinese Pistache, Modesto, Bonita, Berrinda ash, Gingko Biloba, Bradford pear, and Bald Cypress to name a few. Some other plants that […]

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A Secret Backyard Garden: Designing A Fairytale Garden

A Secret Backyard Garden.  Beautiful outdoor spaces are places to relax, feel inspired, and revel in the beauty of nature. Nothing is better for the heart or soul than time spent surrounded by beautiful living things. Fairytales always seem to feature a gorgeous palace garden or wildflower forest as the backdrop for the uplifting drama. […]

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Choose the Right Plants For Your Climate Zone

Choose the Right Plants For Your Climate Zone

How to Choose the Right Plants For Your Climate Zone Global warming has taken its toll on our climate, giving us shorter winters and longer, hotter summers. While the warmer weather can sound like a dream fulfilled for some, the effects of global climate change are not all pleasant and they could have adverse effects […]

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