THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION

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Situated directly on the Gulf of Mexico, this home was subjected to direct salt spray and unobstructed storms year round. The homeowners, who wanted to share their coastal lifestyle with family and friends, asked ArtisTree to create a no-turf landscape that was aesthetically pleasing, functional and congruent with the home’s architecture. They also requested that the design achieve the highest level of LEED accreditation possible: Platinum.  More photos below. The Design Since the Continue Reading

HEARTS OF PALM: EAT YOUR HEART OUT.

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by Maria Muhlhahn, ArtisTree Operations Manager, Landscape Division Hearts of palm, also locally known as swamp cabbage, is a vegetable harvested from the core and growing bud of a young palm (less than a year old). Peach palm is the most notable palm used agriculturally to harvest the heart of palm you might enjoy in your salad. Palm hearts are regarded as a delicacy as harvesting is labor intensive. Florida’s wild Sabal palmetto was once a source of hearts of palm but is now protected by Continue Reading

NO, GUMBO LIMBO IS NOT A SOUP.

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by Maria Muhlhahn, ArtisTree Operations Manager, Landscape Division Here is the lovely gumbo limbo: a semi-evergreen that tolerates droughts, pests and hurricanes but with wood soft enough to make carousel horses out of it (which they used to do until the plastic-mold kind came along). It’s called the tourist tree because the peeling red bark resembles a tourist’s sunburn (its other nickname is the sunburn tree). It’s easy to grow and maintain, with a 25 to 40-ft. height and spread. Likes the Continue Reading

BEWITCHING SILK FLOSS TREES AREN’T AS SCARY AS YOU MIGHT THINK.

By Maria Muhlhahn, ArtisTree Purchasing Manager & ISA Certified Arborist Q: I’ve seen a strange-looking tree on my drives around town -- thorns seem to be growing out of the trunks. Could you tell me more about this tree? I’m new to Southwest Florida and this looks like something I might like to put in my large backyard if it’s not too dangerous! A: You’re referring to the silk floss tree, and it’s only dangerous if you hug the trunk. Considered one of the most beautiful trees in the Continue Reading