Category Archives: Trees

Serviceberry: Trees, Shrubs, Leaves, Flowers (Pictures) – Identification

Serviceberry: Trees, Shrubs

Serviceberry is a group of small deciduous fruit trees or multi-stemmed shrubs with beautiful white flowers that bloom in early spring. Serviceberry trees and shrubs are identified by their long oval leaves with finely serrated edges, clusters of showy white 5-petalled flowers, smooth gray bark, and small round edible purple pome fruits. Serviceberry trees are excellent garden landscaping plants because they have a visual appeal in all four seasons.

32 Dwarf Conifers: Dwarf Pine, Spruce, Cypress, Juniper & Yew (Pictures)

Dwarf Conifer trees

Dwarf conifers are small ornamental trees that provide year-long decorative value in garden landscapes. Small and miniature evergreen conifer trees or shrubs such as compact junipers, pine trees, cypress shrubs, yews, and spruce trees are easy to grow and look after. The dwarf conifers keep their color and foliage throughout the year. Regardless of your garden’s size—large, small, or a container garden—there are compact conifers that are well-suited for landscaping.

Hemlock Trees (Tsuga): Canadian, Western, Leaves, Bark (Pictures) – Identification

Hemlock trees (botanical name Tsuga) are a species of large evergreen coniferous trees native to North America. Hemlock trees are identified by their conical shape, flat, aromatic needle-like leaves, oval or cylindrical seed-bearing cones, and reddish-brown bark. Cultivars of the popular Eastern hemlock or Canadian hemlock are also beautiful landscaping trees or shrubs that are easy to grow.

Dwarf Japanese Maples (Including Weeping): Types, Leaves (With Pictures) – Identification

Dwarf Japanese Maples

Dwarf Japanese maple trees are small decorative landscape trees with colorful ornamental palmate leaves. Small varieties of Japanese maples are ideal for small gardens, growing in containers, or miniature lawn trees. A stunning feature of dwarf Japanese maples is their red, orange, yellow, purple, green, and pink leafy foliage. Typically, dwarf varieties of Japanese maples grow between 3 and 10 ft. (1 – 3 m) tall.

20 Japanese Maple Trees (Including Dwarf Varieties): Types, Leaves (Pictures) – Identification

Japanese Maple Trees (Including Dwarf Varieties): Types, Leaves (Pictures) – Identification

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) trees are spectacular ornamental landscape trees with colorful palmate leaves. Japanese maples have foliage in stunning hues of red, gold, bright green, orange, and yellow. Unlike other maple varieties, Japanese maples are relatively small trees, with many colorful dwarf Japanese maple trees suitable for small, compact gardens or growing in containers.

Dwarf or Small Cherry Blossom Trees (With Pictures) – Including Care Guide

Dwarf or Small Cherry Blossom Trees

Dwarf cherry blossom trees are stunning flowering trees with pink or white flowers, perfect for small or large garden landscapes. Pink and white cherry blossom trees bloom in spring, filling gardens with sweet fragrances and beautiful showy flowers. The small ornamental cherry blossom trees create shade in the summer with their green foliage before turning shades of yellow, bronze, and orange in the fall.

Larch Trees: Types, Leaves, Cones, Flowers – Identification Guide (Pictures)

Larch Trees: Types, Leaves, Cones - Identification

Larch trees (botanical name Larix) are tall deciduous conifers with soft needle-like leaves growing radially in small tufts on branches. Larch trees are identified by their pyramidal growth, typical of most conifer species. However, unlike most conifers, larch trees turn golden yellow in the fall before dropping their leaves. Typically, larches are the first deciduous trees to grow leaves in the spring.

American Basswood Trees (American Linden): Types, Leaves, Flowers – Identification (Pictures)

American Basswood Trees (American Linden)

The American basswood tree (Tilia americana) is a large, fast-growing deciduous flowering tree with fragrant yellowish-white flowers, large ovate leaves, and a domed crown. Also named American linden, the American basswood tree is a popular ornamental shade tree due to its dense foliage and spreading canopy. Additionally, basswood trees are popular with beekeepers due to the excellent honey bees produce from the flowers’ nectar.

Alder Trees: Leaves, Bark, Flowers, Cones – Identification (Pictures)

Alder Trees: Leaves, Bark, Flowers, Cones - Identification (Pictures)

Alder trees (botanical name Alnus) are tall deciduous trees known for their drooping flower clusters and brown woody cones called strobiles. Several species of alder trees are native to North America and Europe, with the Red Alder (Alnus rubra) and Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa) being the two most common.

Sweetgum Trees (Gumball Tree): Types, Leaves – Liquidambar Identification Guide (With Pictures)

Sweetgum Trees (Gumball Tree): identification

Sweetgum trees (botanical name Liquidambar) are a species of large deciduous flowering trees with large lobed leaves, small globular flowers, and seed-containing spiky gumballs. Sweetgum trees are identified by their colorful lobed leaves that can be orange, red, yellow, or purple colors in the fall. The characteristic feature of many sweetgum varieties is their spiky balls measuring up to 2” (5 cm) across.