Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mimosa Tree

The Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin) is commonly called the silk tree or just mimosa. It is a nitrogen fixing legume, forming a symbiotic relationship with a bacterium in its roots. These bacteria form nodules on Mimosa roots and provide nitrogen (nitrogen fertilizer) to the tree.  The Mimosa is native to the Middle East and Asia and was first grown in the United States in 1785.

The Mimosa can grow 1’-3’ annually with regular water eventually reaching 20’-25’ tall and 25’-30’ wide. It generally grows with a spreading canopy that provides cooling shade over a wide area.

The Mimosa Tree has fernlike leaves that are attached to stems alternately. Each leaf consists of groups of smaller leaflets.

Mimosa leaves close slowly as darkness approaches and stay closed during the night.

Mimosa flowers are produced in abundant clusters covering the tree through early summer.  Its showy flowers attract hummingbirds as well as bees and butterflies.

Individual flowers have no petals but consist of long silky stamens.

Seeds are produced in long flat brown pods.

Mimosa trees are grown for shade, their fernlike leaves, and silky pink flowers. Mimosa Trees are best grown with low to regular water on a well-drained soil. Mimosa trees are  Hardy to USDA
Zone 6.

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for more information and pricing.

Experience the beauty and shade of the Mimosa Tree by clicking on the link below:

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Mexico Agave

New Mexico (Agave neomexicana) also called century plant or mescal is native to southern New Mexico.  New Mexico Agave grows as a rosette with broad gray green leaf blades.

The tip of each leaf blade has one long burgundy colored terminal spine. Each leaf blade also has short burgundy colored downward curving marginal spines.

New Mexico Agave grows slowly increasing in diameter annually with some specimens reaching about 3’ wide and 2’-2.5’ tall.

New Mexico Agave flowers once in its lifetime sending up a tall

thick stalked

candelabra-like flower panicle.

Flowers are usually red (or yellow) in color opening to yellow at maturity. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. New Mexico Agave may grow for 8-20 years of more before flowering.

This massive spectacular flower stalk is the plants last act as the mother plant then dies.

Although the mother plant dies after flowering, she also reproduces vegetatively leaving at her base from one to several young agaves called pups. These can be left to grow in place or dug-up and moved to a more favorable location to reduce crowding.

New Mexico Agave is best grown in full sun with low water on a well-drained soil. It is Hardy to USDA zone 5. Contact Trees That Please Nursery for more information and pricing.

Experience the beauty of the New Mexico Agave by clicking on the link below:

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mulberry Tree

The Mulberry tree (Morus alba) is also known as white mulberry. Mulberry trees are fast growing, deciduous trees that are native to China. Mulberry trees can reach 25’-30’ tall and 35’-40’ wide, or larger. Fruitless mulberry or male trees are generally considered more desirable than the female or fruit bearing trees. However, fruitless mulberry trees are prolific pollen producers and are banned in some communities because of allergen potential.

Mulberries can grow 4’-6’ per year producing a tree canopy that is more wide than tall.

Where water is not limiting, mulberries make great shade trees producing a deep, dark, shade canopy.

Leaves are large and sometimes variable in shape.

A few strategically planted mulberries can shade an entire yard.

The female mulberry tree produces abundant sweet fruit

that resemble blackberries.

Female trees are very messy because of fruit drop

so plant them away from sidewalks, driveways, and the house.

Mulberry trees have aggressive surface root systems so plant them at least 25’ from any structures such as walls, sidewalks, or the house.  Mulberry trees are hardy to USDA zone 2 and are best grown with regular water.
Click on the following link to experience the Mulberry Tree via slide show:

Contact the nursery for more information and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Friday, June 15, 2012

Trumpet Vine

The Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans) is also known as Trumpet Creeper, Hellvine, Devils Shoestring, or Hummingbird Vine.  It is also sometimes called Cow Itch Vine because the leaves can cause a rash in some animal like cows. Trumpet Vine is native to the eastern United States.
Trumpet Vine is a very vigorous woody vine grown for its colorful trumpet-shaped flowers.
Trumpet Vines are available with Red Flowers,

Orange Flowers,

and Yellow Flowers.

These flowers attract pollinators like Hummingbirds and Bumblebees. Trumpet Vine produces large seed pods. As these mature, they dry and split releasing thin, brown, papery seeds.

It is often used to cover arbors, walls, telephone poles, and fences.

Left on its own it will cover telephone poles or trees.

An established Trumpet Vine can easily grow 10’-20’ each season. It climbs like English Ivy using aerial rootlets which can take hold of most surfaces like stucco, wood, and brick walls. These rootlets can sometimes damage the structures they climb like the stucco surfaces of homes or wooden arbors.
The leaves of the Trumpet Vine are actually a group of leaflets from 1” to 3” long with serrated margins (photo).

Trumpet Vine should be pruned back annually to control its size and surface coverage due to its extreme vigor. It produces a thick growth good for hedges or summer visual barriers (photo).

It will also occasionally send up suckers some distance from the original planting. Suckers should be dug up unless you desire greater coverage. Trumpet Vine does well on low to regular water once established. It is hardy to USDA Zone 1.

To view a slide show of Trumpet Vine Click on the following link:

Contact the nursery for more information and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

High Desert Companion Plants

How do we know what plants will be successful or what plants can be planted together  in our High Desert Landscapes?  Luckily Mother Earth and Mother Nature have demonstration gardens all around us that show what combinations of plants grow well together.  Plants that “Grow Well Together” means grow successfully in the same soil, temperature, and moisture conditions.

We hiked the Pino Trail on the West Side of the Sandia Mountains.  High Desert Companion Plants growing in the area where mesa meets mountain were recorded. Follow the attached link to view our video.

High Desert Companion Plants recorded in this video include:

Apache Plume
Bear Grass
Claret Cups
Club Cholla
Clump Grasses
Gambel Oak
Gray Oak
Mountain Mahogany
Pinon Pine
Prickly Pear
Three Leaf Sumac
Tree Cholla
Turbinella Oak

Trees That Please Nursery specializes in growing these New Mexico native plants. Contact the nursery for more information and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

Friday, June 1, 2012

Desert Willow

The Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) is a small flowering tree grown for its orchid like flowers and tolerance to hot arid landscapes.

The Desert Willow is a New Mexico native tree that normally grows with multi-trunks to about 15′-18’ tall and wide. If pruned into a single-trunk tree it can grow much taller. This trees common name, Desert Willow, is given due to its willow-like leaves (photo). The Desert Willow is not related to other willows like Globe or Weeping.

The Desert Willow is well suited for the xeric landscape or to cool down a west or south facing wall. In particularly hot areas, areas with low annual rainfall or where water is limiting the Desert Willow makes a great specimen tree because of its tolerance to these conditions. In hot, dry areas the Desert Willow is sometimes used as the sole landscaping tree (photo).

It produces a light dappled shade due to its leaf and canopy structure that is ideal to cool down hot sun facing walls (photo).

It produces orchid like flowers that attract hummingbirds and blooms from summer until frost. Trees are available with flowers in various shades of pink, white flowers, or burgundy flowers.

Desert Willows are best grown in well drained soils with low water. Given low to regular water, about once weekly during summer, Desert Willows flower more frequently. Desert Willows are hardy to about USDA Zone 6.

Trees That Please Nursery has the Desert Willow available in 5 and 15 gallon containers. Contact the nursery for more information and pricing.

Written By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist