JABOTICABA WILL GET YOU INTO A JAM

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The name may be hard to say, but this fruit tree’s simple pleasures (translate: jams and jellies) make up for it. What is the Jaboticaba? The myrtle family (myrtaceae) is home to the Surinam Cherry, Guava and plants that produce clove and allspice; however, the Jaboticaba tree is one of its most unusual members.  This difficult to pronounce name (try saying it three times in a row) is little known outside its native Brazil but grows quite nicely in Southwest Florida, particularly in areas Continue Reading

OLD MAN PALM & THE SEA

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Standing tall with a bearded trunk emerging straight from the ground, the Old Man palm is perfect for your seashore residence. Just a heads up, though: This particular Old Man has been known to dominate conversations based on his looks alone. Five-foot spiky flower sprays spring right out of his crown, and widespread fronds – emerald green on top and silvery green on the bottom – jut straight out of his trunk. If you think one Old Man looks good, wait until you see several in a group setting. Continue Reading

A DOUBLE WINNER: PINK CASSIA FOR SPRING AND FALL

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OK, so you have this beautiful Sarasota landscape but something’s missing. What can you plant in that open area that will shout “Spring!” but then provide nice shade in the fall? Consider the Cassia bakeriana. If a tree can be described as jubilant, this is THE one. While the Cassia javanica (Apple Blossom Shower Tree) is more widely planted, the Cassia bakeriana has more of an ornamental feel. It grows to 20-30’, but its long graceful branches make up for its smaller stature by greeting you Continue Reading

DEAD GIVEAWAYS YOUR TREE IS DYING

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Signs of a dying tree can include trunk damage, bare branches, damaged roots and fungus. If you have a tree in question, check for vertical cracks in the tree’s trunk and areas where bark has fallen off and not grown back -- exposed areas of smooth wood can indicate there’s something wrong. Bare branches on one side of the tree or no leaves (during a season when the tree should be full of leaves) is a dead giveaway that your tree is stressed and in decline. Have you ever seen small branches Continue Reading