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Magnolia grandiflora or Southern Magnolia

Their blooms are so fragrant. You walk past opening flowers in the early morning or late evening and the fragrance stays with you. The bloom time is from May through June. Creamy white fragrant flowers are in abundance now.   Magnolias can reach 60 to 80 feet tall with a spread of 30 to 50 feet wide. It is considered evergreen. However, during this bloom time, some leaves fall but not all of them. The top sides of magnolias leaves are shiny and waxy. Some undersides area coarse and... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Monday, June 10, 2013

Topiaries Add So Much to a Landscape

Topiaries are structures a gardener can add to their landscape. They can become permanent structures or temporary. Horticulture has placed 10 topiaries throughout the zoo. Ours are in animal shapes and close to the animal size (some a little larger, some a little smaller), but topiaries can be in any shape or size.    Most topiaries begin with rebar bent into the desired position and size. Then a chicken wire mesh is fitted around the rebar using small welds or wire. Sphagnum moss... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Red Buckeye

If you are interested in planting some native plants this year, consider Red Buckeye, Aesculus pavia . It has been blooming for several weeks now. The flower time is from mid-spring through early summer. Red tubular flowers borne in panicles (elongated cluster of flowers) at the tips of the branches. Each panicle can be four to eight inches long when in bloom. The individual flowers are tubular and about 1½ inches long. Hummingbirds are attracted to them.   The shrub or small tree is... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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