Category: Horticulture

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Euonymus alata, aka Burning Bush

This is a great shrub to select for its interesting ridged stems. As a deciduous shrub the stems are visible throughout the winter to add a textural element to your landscape. Clump several along the back of a border to provide fall color. The fall color is a loud red that is stunning.   Currently, Euonymus alata is blooming. They are planted in a variety of settings. In front of the Outpost, in North West Passage, and Teton. First the leaves appear, then the flowers. They are very... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Chinese Fringe Tree

A great accent tree to try is Chionanthus retusus blooming right now throughout the China exhibit. What a spectacular scent. The white flowers are so refined giving quite a show. It grows 15 to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Leaves are rounded and dark green providing a contrast for the flowers.   They do very well in partial shade to full sun. Some research indicates it can tolerate poor soils and low water requirements after established. It is a deciduous tree. In the fall it creates... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, May 3, 2013

Blooms everywhere!

There’s so much blooming right now, it is hard to keep up….Redbud, Dogwood, Chinese Fringe Tree, Annabelle hydrangea, azaleas, native azaleas, fothergilla, gaillardia, salvia Madeleine, woodland phlox, salvia greggii, vinca, crossvine and wisteria just to name a few. Everywhere you look around the zoo, there is something in bloom. What a wonderful time to visit the zoo. Enjoy your day.         ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, April 29, 2013

Butterflies of Tennessee

ed. note: This list was updated 4/28/2014.   Skippers Epargyreus clarus Silver-spotted Skipper  Urbanus proteus   Long-tailed Skipper   Autochton cellus ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Thursday, April 11, 2013

Butterfly Garden Planting Guide

Thanks to our wonderful Horticulturalists, who made a butterfly garden planting guide. For a PDF version, click here . Butterfly Garden Planting Guide Invite them over to your own backyard. Plant your own butterfly garden at home! Follow these simple suggestions to attract these beautiful and colorful insects to your own yard.   PICK a sunny spot. Butterflies need sun to keep their bodies warm enough to fly. Most of their favorite flowers like lots of sun, too.   ... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, April 9, 2013