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Barking Up the Right Tree

As the last leaves drop to the ground, many think the garden season is over until spring. Not so!  We can look to evergreens to provide some interest in the winter landscape, but there are some deciduous trees that offer fabulous color and texture as well. When searching for trees that will look smashing year-round and not give you a lick of trouble, here are a few of my favorite decadently barked zone 5 hardies to consider adding to your wish list for next year:

  • Stewartia pseudocamellia in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

    Stewartia pseudocamellia’s winter bark (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

    Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia): Many gardeners rave over the spring flowers of stewartia, but there is so much more to love about this small tree.  Each spring the Japanese stewartia produces clusters of white, camellia-type blooms that last the briefest amount of time and don’t even smell delicious.  Yes, the flowers are attractive, but what I would shout from the mountaintops are its other attributes: dazzling, fire engine red fall foliage, and a winter display of one of the most intriguing collaborations of color; tan, mauve, grey, copper, all melded beautifully throughout its trunk like a soft serve ice-cream cone .  In zones 5-8 with some late day shade, this gem will slowly grow well over 20 feet tall. [Read more…]

The Selection Process

A young Pin Oak's ample canopy in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

A young Pin Oak’s ample canopy (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

With the landscape in hibernation mode, there’s no time like the present to view your blank palette and think about ways to kick it up a notch.  In a recent article, Winter Bones, I shared some of my favorite trees and shrubs for long season interest.  But there is another consideration when it comes to selecting a tree for your property, one that requires a little more thought and research.  In this case, size does matter, and surprisingly even the most knowledgeable gardeners (myself included) often neglect to determine exactly how big a tree might become over time.  If you observe landscapes as you drive around, I’m sure you’ve witnessed dozens of trees planted too close to a residence or under power lines, resulting in unnecessary tree massacres.  But it doesn’t have to be this way . . . [Read more…]

Mighty Metasequoia

Dawn Redwood's stunning bark and architecture in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Dawn Redwood’s stunning bark and curious branching habit (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

For a tree with majesty and presence, I can think of nothing grander than the Dawn Redwood, Metasequoia glyptostroboides.  This king among trees is worth considering if you have a moist area and the room to accommodate a large tree.  And I mean large.  Under the right conditions, Metasequoia is a fast growing tree; growing several feet annually and capable of reaching over 100’ tall by 20’ wide in zones 5-8.  Considered a living fossil, Dawn Redwood was once one of the most widespread tree species in the Northern hemisphere (during the Tertiary period). Rediscovered in China in the early 1940’s, Metasequoia glyptostroboides is one of three species of sequoia, the others being giant sequoia, Sequoidendron giganteum and the coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, which are well known natives of California.   [Read more…]

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