Tree Planting

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The ginkgo is not a dense shade tree, but it is unusual, very hearty and bright yellow in the fall.  This is a great choice if you want something unique. Odds are, you don't already have this tree in your landscape. Another interesting characteristic of the Ginkgo is that most gymnosperms (and flowering plants) have both sexes on the same [...]

Emerald Green Arborvitae

Planted a really nice hedge that will fill in nicely and create a border.  Emerald Greens are great border plantings, especially in this case where there is not a lot of room to go wide.  Too often, a leyland or cryptomeria would be planted here.  Bad choice!  Yes, they grow faster - but they would simply get too wide and [...]

Crapemyrtle or Crape Myrtle

The Crapemyrtle was introduced in the US in the mid-1700's from China. This is certainly a poplar tree for Atlanta landscapers as typically an accent plant.  It can be planted alone (specimen) or in a cluster (3-5 usually work best). Their flower color varies from white to pink to purple or dark red and blooms in the summer. Size [...]

Red Maple

The red maple is a great choice for a fast growing, beautiful fall color shade tree. Most often, the undesirable silver maple is what is found in the landscape which many (including the city of Atlanta) consider to be a "trash tree." Instead, the red maple provides stronger limb joints, better form and prettier color.  Additionally, its roots are not [...]


Right after the Bradford Pear finishes blooming, the cherry trees pick up the show with some spectacular whites and pinks. Both the Yoshino and Kwansan are common in the Georgia landscape - the Yoshino probably more so. The Yoshino (pictured) grows a bit larger and has white or pale pink blooms in the spring. The Kwansan blooms large, [...]


Cryptomeria is known as an ornamental tree in the US, it is however the main timber tree species in Japan. It is a favorite for builders, often placed as an accent plant on the corner(s) of a house...and often planted too close. Don’t confuse this with the leyland cyprus - similar in look as well as in landscape function (fast [...]


The Dogwood is of course an Atlanta classic and something any landscape should include. The Stellar (pink) is a trademarked hybrid breed that is very hardy and extremely showy. The Chinese (white) is more disease resistant and cold hardy than the American counterpart and it blooms a little later but lasts longer than other white dogwoods. Size Stellar about [...]