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6 Epic & Enormous Shrubs and Trees You Need Now

Apr 10, 2017 12:47:00 PM

Written by

McKay Staff

in Plant Care Landscaping Tips Plants

 

These 6 trees and shrubs are sure to do just the trick when taking up a large space in the landscape. Our list is a combination of massive flowering plants and trees in case you might be looking to add something besides a tree to your yard. 

 

Seven-Son Flower

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The Seven-Son flower is a wonderful ornamental shrub. The fragrant, white flowers are one of the few showy late summer flowers and are an excellent late summer nectar source for honeybees. These August blooms are held in whorls of seven creamy white jasmine-like flowers which leads to the common name of Seven-son-Flower. As a follow up to the flowers, the small, purplish-red drupes (fruit) are crowned by five rose colored sepals (similar to a petal). These sepals are even showier than the flowers! What else could you want in an ornamental plant? How about peeling tan bark that highlights the cinnamon brown inner bark? That is how you say "multi-season". Mature growth is around 15-20' tall by 10' wide.

Seven-Son Flower Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: September
Color: Green, Pink, Red, White
Plant Size: Around 15-20' tall x 10' wide
Flower Color: White, Pink, Red
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet, Dry
Growing Zones: 4 - 8

 

 

 

Rugosa Rose

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The Rugosa shrub rose is very hardy, a vigorous grower and is pest free. It has thick, leathery, wrinkled leaves. The fragrant, pinkish-red, single flowers are borne in June and July then are followed by scarlet hips which are very colorful in the fall. This rose gets to be about 2.5' if pruned back each spring.

Rugosa Rose Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: June - October
Color: Green, Pink, yellow
Plant Size: Around 2.5' tall (vigorous grower, make sure to prune each spring to keep the size down)
Flower Color: Pink (yellow center)
Sunlight: Full Sun 
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 2 - 7

 

 

 

 

Norway Spruce 

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The Norway Spruce tree is a rapid growing spruce with drooping, pendulous secondary branches on older trees. It has bright-green foliage when young that changes to a glossy dark-green color. This is the best spruce for screens and wind breaks since it has vigorous growth. Its mature growth is around 40-60' tall and 25-30' tall.

Norway Spruce Quick Facts:

Color: Green
Plant Size: Around 40-60' tall x 25-30' wide
Sunlight: Full Sun 
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 2 - 7

 

 

 

Austrian Pine 

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The Austrian Pine is an easy to grow, dense, pyramidal evergreen when young. Although this conifer does become flat-topped with age. It has long, stiff, dark-green needles. This species withstands adverse city conditions and road salt well. Maintain shape by "candle pruning" each May. The current year’s new shoots, or "candles," can be cut with hand pruners or pinched off to the desired length.

Austrian Pine Quick Facts:

Color: Green
Plant Size: Around 50–60' tall x 20–40' wide
Sunlight: Full Sun 
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 4 - 7

 

 

 

 

Heritage Oak 

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The Heritage Oak is an outstanding, vigorous cross between Quercus robur (English Oak) and Quercus macrocarpa (Bur Oak). It has glossy, dark green, tatter and mildew resistant foliage. It makes a fantastic specimen tree in larger landscapes. Mature growth is around 60-80' tall x 40-50' wide. Hardiness zone 4. This oak tree will produce acorns.

Heritage Oak Quick Facts:

Color: Green
Plant Size: Around 60-80' tall x 40-50' wide
Sunlight: Full Sun 
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 4 - 8

 

 

 

 

Quaking Aspen 

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The Quaking Aspen is a Poplar tree that's native and the most widely distributed tree of North America. Their shape is pyramidal and narrow when young, but develops a characteristic rounded top at maturity. This tree will grow in a wide range of soils. Dark-green foliage turns golden-yellow in fall and looks excellent in the landscape when planted in groups. Leaves "tremble", even in light winds, creating a very distinctive and pleasant sound. Available in single, twin and clump form. Mature growth is around 60-80' tall x 30' wide.

Quaking Aspen Quick Facts:

Color: Green, White, Yellow
Plant Size: Around 60-80' tall x 30' wide
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Fall Color: Yellow
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry, Wet
Growing Zones: 2 - 7

 


 

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