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Florida Queen Palms: A Royal Pain or Not?

Florida queen palms "play well" with other palms and also look stunning placed in rows or clusters. Florida queen palms, or Syagrus romanzoffiana, have been widely planted in the state for years. They’re fast growers, have a certain regal stature and require minimal care. So just for fun, we asked…

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Shrimp plants Florida

Shrimp Plants a Tasteful Choice for Florida Landscapes

Just to assure you, Florida shrimp plants are in no way related to the crustaceans of the appetizer world. Instead, their colorful bracts are shaped just like the shellfish, hence the name. ArtisTree designers are delighted to serve up a host of reasons to include these tropical perennials in your…

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Florida Copperleaf

Florida Copperleaf Comes with Caveats

Florida Copperleaf is one of those “Great Choice But" plants. For the most part, ArtisTree’s panel of experts likes this tropical evergreen but suggests things you need to watch for if you’re going to plant these fiery beauties. Given the right care and placement, Copperleaf will reward you with its…

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Pink Hibiscus mealybugs

Bugged by Pink Hibiscus Mealybugs in SW Florida?

ArtisTree continues to watch for Pink Hibiscus mealybugs in the Sarasota region, only this year we seem to be seeing more of them in new-construction areas. “When we get a call on possible PHM activity, it’s more often than not from a newer community,” says ArtisTree Lawn & Ornamental Manager…

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Florida Pitch Apple Hedge

Why Florida Pitch Apple Is Sarasota’s “Signature” Plant

A row of Florida Pitch Apple shrubs surrounds this cozy Sarasota oasis. Sarasota homeowners sign off on Florida Pitch Apple for its hardy good looks and versatility of being grown as a shrub, hedge or tree. But did you know you can actually “sign” its leathery leaves? Yes, you can…

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