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The Tulip Tree Has Got Its Name From Its Tulip Shaped Flowers

The flowers are located at great heights and typically reach a size of 2.5 inches. The Tulip Tree produces monoecious flowers with yellow-green petals.

African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata)

The corolla has a beautiful vivid orange shade. Some people find the leaves of the Tulip Tree similar to tulips too, at least with a little imagination. The leaves are four lobed and have a notch at the tip. A leaf will typically reach a length of 4-6 inches in diameter. The leaf colour is bright green and will turn yellow in autumn. >> Read More...

Training Branches To Go Where You Want

Altering the structure of the tree is known as “Tree Training” and has not been around for very long. Through tying down branches or propping them up from the ground, one can direct the growth of a tree to take whatever shape you want.

Training a Tree

This method is usually used in the early days of the tree to encourage it to develop fully. If you direct the tree and get it started off on the right foot, you’ll save yourself a lot of pruning later.


Before Selecting a Tree, first give it some thought

Summertime brings hot weather. It is the time of year when we appreciate the shade of a big, beautiful tree. Trees provide other benefits, too.

Selecting the Right Tree

They can block the wind, help clean the air, provide fruit and nuts, and create a hospitable habitat for wildlife. And, trees make a great hideaway where children can play.


Planting Trees and Shrubs Flowers and small plants are nice, but they do not have the beauty or the longevity of trees and shrubs. If you want some privacy on your property, and if you want to invest some money in making your home look better, planting some shrubs and trees is definitely the way to go. Though you may spend more on these items than you would on plants and flowers, they are going to last so much longer. Trees can grow forever, or at least until you have to cut them down, but in many cases, they are going to outlive you. Your shrubs are going to last a long time too.You don't want to plant trees and shrubs if you do not own the property, unless you ask the owner for permission. There are special rules about trees when you live in town, and your landlord may not want the long term responsibility of taking care of trees. An unhealthy tree can come down in heavy snow, ice, or during a heavy wind storm. If that happens, the tree can cause damage to property, which is a very costly experience. If you do own your own home, think about those things when you want to plant trees. While trees and shrubs can add privacy and beauty when you live in the middle of town, trees can become liabilities. The most beautiful trees have had to be cut down in many areas because they were simply too close to homes or they were too close to the power lines to be trimmed safely. You can have trees; just put some thought into where you are going to plant trees and shrubs so that they are not more of a problem in years to come. Shrubs are a great way to get some privacy and they will have a long lifespan as well. Just make sure you understand the nature of the shrubs you want to buy. Some grow upwards, but others grow upwards and outwards, meaning they may end up taking up more space than you had originally allowed for them. Trees and shrubs both require room to grow. You have to plant your shrubs away from each other at first, but rest assure that they will fill in the spaces within a few years and you will have your natural privacy barrier. Trees and shrubs do require upkeep. This includes pruning, which must be done once a year for trees. For shrubs you may be pruning them a few times a growing season. They grow better and fill in better when pruned and may grow in random directions if not trimmed back properly. If you do not know how to prune, or find it too hard to do, you can ask someone who knows how to prune them for you. Otherwise, there could only be some other small expenses involved and should not stop you from planting trees or shrubs - they are hearty and beautiful. The [...]

The Need To Plant Trees Trees are undeniably beautiful in most settings. Cities seem cleaner and more inviting if someone takes the time to plant trees. The country setting that so many love is serene and secluded because the silent beauty of the tree. Today, we have less trees than ever and with our expanding cities and populations, as well as the increased need for wood and other products, more are being cut down. If you want to plant trees in or around your property, or in other places for that matter, you can add beauty and even well-being to your life. When planting trees on your own property, you can do pretty much whatever you want, but you do have some things to consider. Trees near your home can look great, but you don't want something that may blow down and take out your house in a bad storm. Think about that when choosing planting spots. You also have to think about electrical wires that may be running over your yard or your property. If you are a renter, always ask the landlord before you start planting trees. They may have areas that are okay, or not want trees for some reason. You can plant trees just because you like how they look, but there are other reasons. One would be privacy. Some like to have trees so that their yard is not bare to the world. They are not as good as fences for complete privacy, but they can help and look a whole lot better than a fence in the long run. You can also plant trees strategically so that they are not going to endanger your home, but so that they can offer you some much needed shade in the summer. Trees planted in the right spots can cut down on heating and cooling bills. Most people do not know that. People have been known to plant trees in honour of someone else. This can be done for someone that is living, but also in honour of someone who has passed on. Some families will plant a tree on their own land when a child is born. That tree grows with their child. Others plant trees when someone has died. They can see the tree grow and think of the person they lost each time they see it. It can be a nice living reminder of someone that was very close to you and that you miss very much. Evergreens are great for these reasons, but you can plant any tree that you want. If you want to plant trees on a larger basis, talk with leaders in your community about parks and other areas in your community that would be great places to plant trees. These trees can help stop erosion, can make an area worth more money and can add infinite beauty in the right spot. Planting trees is always a good idea, as long as you put them in the right spot. Best [...]