Pine trees are evergreen conifers that are native to most of the Northern Hemisphere. They can take the shape of shrubs, and small, medium, or large trees. They can be distinguished from other conifers as their needles grow in small bundles, and they produce attractive seed cones that can persist for many years. They tend to grow easily and can adapt to a wide range of soils, needing little to no maintenance.
Evergreen trees are popular among gardeners as they don't lose their leaves and therefore offer greenery and interest in the garden even during winter when deciduous trees have bare branches. The name 'evergreen' comes from the fact that these trees retain their foliage all year round and therefore appear to always be green.
Spruce trees, though many of them reach great heights in their native habitats, can make excellent backyard trees. Many cultivars exist that produce small to medium-sized trees that would be suitable for growing even in compact gardens. To learn about some of the most common types of spruce trees and their care requirements, read on.
Dogwood plants are highly ornamental and can typically be grown as both trees and shrubs. They often feature attractive foliage, showy flower panicles, pretty fruits, and brightly colored stems, retaining interest all year round.
Cypress trees are a popular type of evergreen conifer, which remain attractive all year round and are very low-maintenance. They often have a pleasant fragrance when their leaves are crushed, and they are easy to grow in the right climates. There are two main types of cypress trees; true cypress trees and false cypress trees.
Conifers refer to a division of plants known as Pinophyta, though this division is also sometimes known as Coniferophyta or Coniferae, which is where the common name of ‘conifer’ comes from. These trees primarily grow in the northern hemisphere and produce needle or scaly foliage and bear cones. Conifers are predominantly evergreen trees though there are a few exceptions to this.
Magnolia’s are classic trees that are known for growing in hot climates, though there are many varieties of this tree that are cold hardy and can be grown in a wide range of climates. These trees are easy to grow, they will adapt to almost any soil type so long as it drains well, and they will tolerate both full sun or partial shade.
Oakwood comes from the oak tree, although there are many types of oak trees around the world, with over sixty different types growing in just the United States alone. In terms of oak wood, it is usually categorized into two groups, red oak and white oak. Though you may think these would be easy to distinguish from one another, they have a lot in common in terms of aesthetics, and it can be hard to tell red from white purely at first glance.
Eucalyptus trees have a stunning architectural look to them, with unusually shaped branches which sometimes have a twisting habit, or are covered with colorful, patterned bark. These trees are easy to care for and have a long life span; many are drought-tolerant and can cope with a wide range of soils.
Arborvitae trees, also known as ‘Thuja’ trees, are a type of evergreen plant which can be grown as both trees and shrubs. They belong to the Cupressaceae family and are popularly used as specimen plants and for hedging. The word ‘arborvitae’ has French origins, translating to ‘tree of life,’ which it was called because it was used by Native Americans for its healing powers.
Yoshino Cherry Trees are a hybrid between Prunus speciosa and Prunus subhirtella ‘Rosea.’ This hybrid can occur naturally or via cultivation. It is highly regarded in Japan as one of the most beautiful flowering trees and has become popular around the world as an ornamental tree since its introduction to North America and Europe in the early 1900s.
The Forest Pansy is a type of redbud that can be grown as a large shrub or a small to medium-sized tree. It has an interesting multi-branching habit, and when mature, takes on an attractive non-symmetrical shape with a flat top.