THE CLASSY JAPANESE BOXWOOD: AN ARTISTREE FAVORITE FOR LOW HEDGES AND BORDERS.

By Shawn Gulbrandsen, ArtisTree Landscape Designer & ISA Arborist Q: I’m searching for a small, evergreen shrub that can complement my more colorful plants. I hate to say the word “plain,” but I’m really wanting something that doesn’t flower and is just one shade of green. What do you suggest? I live in Southwest Florida. A: We recommend the classy Buxus microphylla, more commonly known as Japanese boxwood. It’s an ideal low-maintenance shrub that can be manicured or trimmed Continue Reading

BLACK MAGIC TI PLANT ADDS DRAMA TO GARDENS.

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by Clinton Lak, ArtisTree Landscape Designer, BSLA Q: On my last visit to Sarasota, I remember seeing a beautiful, upright plant with leaves the color of eggplant (they were almost black). We’re moving here and I’d like to plant a few. A friend said it was a tie-something but I can’t find it anywhere on the Internet. Help! A: Ah, spelling can sometimes get in the way, can’t it? Your friend is talking about the Black Magic Ti plant, a striking specimen known for its tall, dark foliage. It Continue Reading

ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF YOUR PALMS WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED.

by Tim White, ArtisTree Fertilization & Pest Control Manager Q: I’m no tree expert, but I just had two palms installed, and the twine around the fronds was removed right away. Shouldn’t it be left on until the palms are established? A:  You may be confusing twine-wrapping for wood braces that are positioned against the trunks to stabilize palms. Wood braces typically stay on for several months until a palm is established. The twine around the leaves of a palm should stay on Continue Reading