STROMANTHE IS MADE FOR THE SHADE.

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Q:  I’m looking for a shade-loving tropical with showy color that will uplift a “just green” landscape.  What would you suggest? A:  In Southwest Florida, where our winters typically don’t get too long or cold, we’d recommend the tricolor stromanthe.  Its variegated foliage of cream and green on the top and reddish-pink on the bottom thrives in the shade, as long as you plant it in moist, well-drained soil.  Too much sun will cause the leaves to sunburn and produce unsightly brown splotches, Continue Reading

DO YOUR PALMS MEASURE UP PRICE-WISE?

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Q:  I’ve renovated my landscape several times but am never sure if I’m comparing apples to apples when reviewing designs from different companies.  Could you enlighten me on the industry lingo used for palms so I know exactly what I’m paying for? A:  First, we’re glad you’re always keeping your landscapes fresh and new.  Many people don’t realize the life expectancy of plants in Southwest Florida.  The biggest challenge when comparing designs and costs is the size of the recommended palm.  Continue Reading

MULE PALM ADDS KICK TO FLORIDA LANDSCAPES.

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One of ArtisTree’s favorite palms is the rare mule palm, distinguished by a trait of its mammal namesake: Neither can reproduce.  Native to Florida, the mule palm isn’t inexpensive; however, it does offer characteristics that no other palm can beat. A cross between a Queen palm and the Pindo, this sturdy hybrid brings you the best of all worlds—aesthetics, fast growth, salt and drought tolerant, and extremely hardy in Southwest Florida’s cold and windy pockets. Mule palms can withstand Continue Reading

THE BOLD & BEAUTIFUL BOTTLE PALM

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by Shawn Gulbrandsen, ArtisTree Landscape Designer & ISA Certified Arborist Q: I live on the water in Southwest Florida and need a dramatic focal point for my home’s front yard. Do you have a palm recommendation for me? A: While there are several dramatic and beautiful palms to choose from, not too many tolerate the salty air and sea spray of a coastal location. But you’re in luck because there is one that’s sure to get your neighbors and guests talking: the dreamy, almost-voluptuous Continue Reading