Crepe Myrtle, Paw Paw,  Empress Paulownia & Other Types of Flowering Species

Crepe Myrtle, Paw Paw, Empress Paulownia & Other Types of Flowering Species

Posted by Tammy Sons on 29th Jun 2018

The Beautiful Pink Crepe Myrtle Tree

Pink Crepe Myrtle grows best in full sun. It tolerates sandy or clay soil as long as it is well drained. It becomes well in limited spaces. It has a high drought and saltwater tolerance. This tree thrives in southern zones, especially the coastal regions. It grows 15 - 25 feet in height and has a 16 to 25-foot spread. It has a symmetrical vase-shaped multi-trunk base. The crown density and growth rate are moderate. The branches are resistant to breakage, and they require very little pruning. The pink crepe myrtle is a very fast growing tree.

The clustered pink blooms that appear on the tips of branches of the pink crepe myrtle are about 6 inches. The individual flowers are small, ruffled and very abundant. These clustered blooms begin in mid-June and usually last until early September. You can remove the dead flower clusters to promote a second bloom of flowers. This will also discourage the formation of the brown fruits. The crepe myrtle has exfoliating bark that is smooth and brown. Its twigs are thin with thorns and green leaves that are oblong with 2 to 4-inch blades. It has a medium texture. It is resistant to pests and disease. The pink crepe myrtle is beautiful and requires virtually no maintenance. There is nothing more remarkable in the summer than a pink crepe myrtle tree lined the street. This tree looks perfect any place you decide to plant it. It requires a small ground space, and it's roots are no problem.

In the fall, crepe myrtle leaves are showy, orange, red, and yellow. The twigs are brown with brown, round-shaped, hard fruit that is about 3 inches. The fruit does not attract wildlife and is not a litter problem.

The crepe myrtle can be safely pruned in the late winter or early spring months. You can cut the tree back to the ground or remove the dead branches. The lower limbs, sometimes called suckers, should be cut back as soon as they start to grow. This will let you show off the trunk form and color. This also gives the tree a better shape.

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Paw Paw Shrubs

The Asimina triloba, or ordinary Paw Paw, known for its hardiness, its ability to thrive in various growing zones and soil conditions, its mature height of 25 to 35 feet, and its relatively narrow width, is a species of fruit tree native to nearly the entire eastern half of the United States and southernmost Ontario. This tropical-looking tree grows in full sun and develops drooping foliage. More shading is necessary the first couple of growing seasons. The Paw Paw forms patches that increase in the land that drains well and is thick and creamy, and it produces one of the largest edible fruits common to the United States. Although it is not the same as papaya, it is often confused with papaya. Thus, similar names attribute to these two different fruits. There are also numerous variations of the spelling as well as other names such as wild banana, prairie banana, or banango.

A small tree, it does not typically exceed 35 feet with a trunk 8-12 inches in diameter. Pawpaws can produce fruit in a shaded environment but yield at a higher rate in exposure. Their rate of growth is relatively rapid if all conditions are favorable, and they thrive in acidic soil teaming with organic material. From a seedling, fruit-bearing typically begins in the fifth or sixth year, but grafted pawpaws will bloom at least by the second year and bear fruit by the third. The leaves are smooth, dark green above, and paler beneath. If they bruise, the leaves smell like a green bell pepper. In autumn they turn a rusty yellow, allowing the Pawpaw to be spotted from a long distance. A Paw paw's flowers are reddish-purple or maroon when they mature in early spring.

Delicious and full of nutrition, the fruit resembles short, stout banana. Tropically-flavored with a texture similar to custard, they have been compared to a banana cream pie. With twice as much Vitamin C as many other favorite fruits, and high energy, minerals, protein, and fiber, the health benefits are quite numerous. It is also has a right balance of amino acids and is high in antioxidants. A variety of common mammals enjoy the tasty fruit. The foliage of the tree is not eaten because of its less than desirable odor. There are also a few insects that love the pawpaw flowers include scavenging fruit flies, carrion flies, and beetles. Larvae of the zebra swallowtail butterfly, feed on the new leaves, but chemicals in the pawpaw leaves protect the butterfly. Small amounts of these chemicals remain on the leaves making them unpleasant and non-desirable to common foliage predators.

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Paulownia Tomentosa - Empress TreeThe Paulownia Tomentosa does best in hardiness zones 5 to 9 with deep, well-drained, moist soil, and grows to a height of up to 70 feet and a mature width of up to 40 feet. Because this plant easily adapts to disturbed areas where landslides have occurred, fires have previously taken place, or where pests have been the cause of forest defoliation, they can be found along streambanks, forest edges, and roadsides. Read on to discover why owning one of these magnificent trees is an absolute must!

Some familiar names for this particular tree include Princess Tree, Empress Tree, Royal Paulownia, and Foxglove Tree. This tree is known for its outstanding growth, precious wood, broad leaves, dry brown fruit capsules that may contain several thousand seeds, and fragrant, violet and pale purple colored flowers over dark green foliage that bloom anywhere from early to mid Spring. For a minimum of 6 hours every day this tree needs to be in direct sunlight to reach its full height, width, and blooming potential, but be careful that it will not get too much sun exposure as it is prone to sunscald.

Paulownia Tomentosa serves as a wonderful ornamental tree in parks and gardens because of its lovely colored flowers, its fruit, its towering height and width, and the fragrance it bequeaths. These trees tolerate pollution and drought (Only once the root system has been firmly established with watering and fertilizing schedule in the first year), but cannot tolerate shade. Can you imagine yourself reading, writing or painting sitting beneath one of these enchanting trees at a park or in your very own yard yet?

To reiterate, the Paulownia Tomentosa is a beautiful, fast-growing tree that will provide tremendous visual joy to whoever happens to spot it. With its grey-brown bark that has a combination of rough and smooth patches, large oval to heart-shaped leaves, beautifully colored violet and/or purple flowers, hard brown fruit, and aromatic fragrance, it is definitely a sight to behold. The Princess tree is generally found in the Eastern part of the United States from Texas all the way to Maine and has traveled very far to get here from its native land of China.

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Overcup Oak

This tree is easy to transplant, and it tolerates most soil conditions (Zones 5-9) and partial shade to full sun. It grows to a mature height of 45'-70' with an impressive 45' spread. Part of the Beech Family, this oak is native to the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains from Virginia to Florida and onward to Texas in the west. It can also be found in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana and scattered throughout Alabama, central Tennessee, Delaware, and Maryland.

The Overcup Oak, also called swamp post oak, swamp white oak, or water white oak is a very significant tree in urban landscaping. It boasts uniform branching that forms a rounded shape and an open crown. The bark is a vibrant reddish or gray-brown color. The leaves are thick and richly colored from late spring to early fall. The leaves change hue with each season, beginning as a shiny, dark green and gradually shifting into a shimmering gold with the arrival of autumn.

This oak begins to produce seed at about 25-30 years, with good crop production around every 3-4 years. The acorns have a unique spongy shell which creates natural buoyancy about them. Following winter dormancy, they begin germinating in the spring. The best environment for germination is on the moist soils with the acorns just beneath the leaves. When beneath a full canopy, the seeds will germinate rapidly, but the seedlings will die back to the root within the first three years if not released.

Overcup Oak is commonly planted to improve wildlife habitat and for bottomland restoration, as an array of animals such as white-tailed deer, hogs, squirrels and smaller animals eat the acorns produced by the oak. In addition to its environmental support, this exceedingly popular oak tree is planted for its hearty visual appeal and the cool shade its lush canopy provides during the hot summer months.

These trees are known to withstand substantial flooding conditions and survive excellently when its roots are underwater for extended periods. Additionally, the oak is delightfully tolerant to extreme weather conditions such as drought and cold.

Due to the Overcup Oak’s slow height growth, in comparison to associated species, it is overtopped easily, and its maximum age is around 400 years.

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Early flowering trees

An Okame Cherry Tree is a fast grower and will get to a mature height of 20 to 30 feet tall and wide in a variety of soil conditions and climates with a hardy growing zone from 6 to 9. They tolerate drought conditions nicely and thrive on full sunlight to partial shade. These beautiful trees are one of the first trees to bloom in the spring. After a long cold winter, you will be amazed by the giant pink blooms they produce, and they will add a refreshing look of beauty to your landscape. They still hold the vision with orange and bronze foliage in the fall. The gorgeous fluffy pink flowers have one inch wide petals and bloom in clusters of two to five. They are an excellent choice for gardeners who love Okame Cherry trees with deficient maintenance. If you prune and train your tree when it is young, you will not have much pruning to do compared to other cherry trees. For best results, start the first pruning after it has bloomed for the first time. There are many ways to prune an Okame Cherry tree. As long as you prune to keep lots of light and air to circulate through the tree, you will be fine. This will help reduce problems with fungus, and it will keep your flower clusters to bloom beautiful and large. These trees are perfect for small yards. Keep in mind that this tree will be just as full as it is tall so be sure to plant it where it will not interfere will other trees or landscapes. This tree has reddish-brown bark that creates a beauty all on it’s on. They are a great provider to bees with the pollen and nectar foundation. The flowers will bloom for approximately two to three weeks. If you use some mulch around the bottom of the tree, it will protect it throughout the winter months. This early flowering tree is a favorite to all gardeners and is an eye catcher to any landscape. For someone who likes flowering trees and early blossoms, this is the perfect tree for you.