Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Emerald Green Arborvitae-The Tree of Life

The Emerald Green Arborvitae tree is an evergreen tree, under the Thuja Occindentalis category. It is common to call it a conifer tree. The term Arborvitae has its roots in Latin, which means tree of life. The tree gets its name for the life-saving quality in the resins of the tree. The sap, bark and twigs of this tree also have contents used for various treatments. It is for these reasons that the tree has a high medicinal value and is in high demand in a nursery.

The tree belongs to the Cypress family of trees. The trees or the tall shrubs grow up to the height of about 12 to 15 feet and the spread of the trees is about 3 to 4 feet. The foliage of the tree consists of flat sprays and the scales cover the leaves. The foliage is soft and bright green. The leaves are more like needles in shape. The Evergreen Emerald are the slim trees that you can use to decorate your lanes in the parking areas or the streets.

Emerald Green Arborvitae trees are a good option for use as decorative trees and you can grow them in rows. People use these trees as the windscreens and privacy screens. You can use these trees for formal entrances. To achieve the effect, you must place the trees at least 2 to 3 feet away from each other, as the trees do not require large room footprints.

These narrow, pyramidal trees are bright and lustrous. They have deep green foliage that does not change color during winters. The trees grow with a moderate rate and have cold hardiness. They can tolerate the temperatures of about - 40° F. The tree is however susceptible to damage from ice and snow during extreme winters. The Emerald Green Arborvitae grows well in full sun however; part shade is also fine for their growth.

In case the trees are too big, you can prune them to meet your requirement. Time before spring is an ideal time to do so as the tree blooms during spring. The Emerald Green Arborvitae cannot tolerate drought conditions. You must water these plants well, especially during the summers. The tree grows without any problems in well-drained soil. The tree grows fine in an average type of soil but slightly acidic soil also works fine. It can, however tolerate a wide variety of soils. The tree prefers humid weather and rains at regular intervals.

Emerald Green Arborvitae tree has urn-shaped cones. The cones are slender and measure about half inch in length. The basic color of the cones is yellow green and they change color to reddish brown during autumn. The cones have about 6 to 8 overlapping layers. The tree grows widely in the northeastern regions of North America. In case an Emerald Green Arborvitae falls, the branches take roots in the ground. This is common in wet forests where the tree grows in abundance.

American Holly (IlexOpaca)– Make Your Yard Attractive

A tree that we love, but get to see only when Christmas arrives, is the American Holly Opaca ilex. Purchase American Holly Opaca before Christmas, as it is a slow growing plant. This tree is a perennial shrub, which will definitely make your yard look beautiful. It is best to get in the ball and burlap form for better growth. You may also grow it by sowing the seeds in container, but the germination would take at least two to three years and next two years for the visualized growth. It is easily available in every nursery; the only thing is that we hardly think of growing it ourselves, as Christmas nears, we get them in fully developed form.

The most attractive part of this tree is its berries, which makes attractive the place where it is grows. The berries grow only on the female plant; there is only one male plant for every ten female plants to bear flowers. The plants have to be compatible with each other for reproduction. The yellow flowers add to the beauty of the tree, but the sad part is that the flowers do not get must attention due to the dense growth and beauty of the berries. The berries are only for the birds to eat and no matter how tempting or juicy they seem, if the humans consume them, they may suffer from stomach problems.

Maintenance of American Holly Opaca is easy. The only maintenance it requires is regular watering as it cannot withstand dry atmosphere, and needs moisture soil for its healthy growth. If it is a success without any faults, you will save yourself from excessive labor when the tree is mature. If your species is the American Holly Opaca that grows to 6-8 foot of height, there are nurseries that can help you as a guide.

Many a times we feel that the tree is not growing as the growth is too slow. It takes minimum two to three years for the tree to show its growth. For a period of two years, the branches remain un-damaged. After this period, the tree would start shedding its leaves in the fall season and the harsh winters, when it is mature. During this time, the color of the leaves would also change. This is beneficial, as it would help keep the area warm by letting the heat of the sun reach the ground and spread.

These evergreen trees attract bees and other insects through the sweet fragrance of their flowers, which take nectar from them. In return, these insects help in pollination process, which leads to growth of more plants of this genus. It is very easy to make out the difference between the male and the female plant. Just look deeply into the flowers, the male flowers have yellow pollen inside them and the female flowers have a swelling in the pistil that is green in color. These swelling grow up to be the berries and these berries remain on the tree for years until the birds eat them.

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A Super Fast Growing Ecergreen-the Leyland Cypress Tree

Whenever you build a new house, you look for some ornamental plants for landscaping that can also provide you the privacy. You will find various varieties of evergreen trees in a nursery, but some are which grow very fast and add beauty, to the entrance of your house or the parking lanes. Leyland Cypress Lelandii is one such tree, a slender evergreen tree that grows at the rate of about four feet in a year. Regular pruning of the tree will control the height of the tree. July is an ideal month when you can do pruning.

The tree has shallow roots, because of heaviness at the top, it tends to fall if grows too tall. The average height of Leyland Cypress Lelandii is about 50 feet; the height though may vary largely, it can even go beyond 100 feet. The growth of the plant depends on; the type of climate it grows in and the type of soil. The spread of an average tree is about one-third or one-fourth of its height. People also call these trees as “wall of privacy”, because these trees act as a screen obstructing the view and are excellent windbreakers. The tree finds its ornamental value as the Christmas tree also. These trees are a hybrid cross between Alaskan cedar and Monterey cypress.

The leaves of this evergreen and ornamental tree are needled and consist of flattened spray. You can grow Leyland Cypress Lelandii in rows but there must be a space of about six feet between two trees. This is so that the shallow roots of these fast growing trees do not fight for space and surrounding nutrients.

Of the 11 plating zones defined in the United States, the Leyland Cypress Lelandii grows well in the zones 6 to 10. In other USDA zones of planting, the tree needs protection from extreme cold as well as extreme heat. The trees need protection when there is snow and ice all around. The tree requires full sun and well-drained soil for proper growth. When the plants are small, it is easier to protect them as you can easily move them to the shady areas. The tree has a history of fine growth in the dryer areas of southwest. Therefore, if you are in zone 7 of USDA planting, you will have great time for its growth. As the tree can tolerate a wide variety of soils, it is common to find these trees on the seashores.

In lack of proper care, the trees become susceptible to canker and other diseases. To protect the plant from further damage, you must cut the infected parts of the plant. You must take care to dip the pruning equipment in rubbing alcohol, between each cut. This will sanitize the tools and prevent spreading of the disease.

Leyland Cypress Lelandii produces male cones that are yellow in color and oval. The tree also produces female cones that are round and brown in color. The cones are about half inch in diameter. The foliage of the tree is bluish green in color and it is smooth and feathery.