Archive: December, 2010

Caragana (Caragana spp.)

Posted by shane - December 21, 2010 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

 Common Caragana – Caragana arborescens ‘Sutherland’ Caragana – Caragana arborescens ‘Sutherland’ Fernleaf Caragana – Caragana lobergii ‘Walker’ Weeping Caragana – Caragana arborescens ‘Walker’ Pygmy Caragana – Caragana pygmaea The various caragana species are quite different with respect to their maintenance requirements. Common Caragana In cities, this is most commonly found as a hedging material.  In […]

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Burning Bush

Posted by shane - December 21, 2010 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Dwarf Burning Bush – Euonymus nanus Winged Burning Bush – Euonymus alatus These are useful shrubs to use in the landscape.  Dwarf burning bush has unique pink capsules with a showy red seed, and winged burning bush exhibits arguably the best fall colour of any ornamentals shrub on the Prairies.  They are slow growing plants and […]

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Buffaloberry

Posted by shane - December 21, 2010 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs

Buffaloberry Silver Buffaloberry – Shepherdia argentea Canada Buffaloberry – Shepherdia Canadensis These are attractive landscape shrubs that are infrequently planted.  They are slow-growing, short-lived species, and I have only encountered a few specimens around the 40 year old range, and these were heavily decayed and in decline.  Buffaloberry shrubs are very low maintenance. Pruning Time: Dormancy […]

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Birch (Betula spp.)

Posted by shane - December 21, 2010 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

  Paper Birch – Betula papyrifera Weeping Birch – Betula pendula ‘Dalecarlica’ River Birch – Betula fontinalis ‘Youngs’ Weeping Birch – Betula pendula ‘Youngii’ These are common trees in older residential neighbourhoods.  Generally speaking, once proper structure has achieved through training the young tree, birches are generally low maintenance.  The biggest nuisance for home-owners seems […]

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Aspen

Posted by shane - December 21, 2010 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Trembling Aspen – Populus tremuloides Swedish Columnar Aspen – Populus tremula ‘Erecta’ Tower Poplar – Populus x canescens ‘Tower’ Healthy aspens are some of my favourite trees.  The way the leaves quake in the summer breezes reminds me of simpler times, of the carefree days of my youth.  Trembling aspens are also a very successful […]

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Ash (Fraxinus spp.)

Posted by shane - December 20, 2010 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Trees

Green Ash – Fraxinus pennsylvanica Black Ash – Fraxinus nigra Manchurian Ash – Fraxinus x. mandshurica I prune the various ashes in the same manner.  All are relatively slow growing.  Black and Manchurian ashes are prone to cottony ash psyllid, a devastating insect problem that is difficult to control.   Currently, I am injecting two restricted […]

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