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My Hydrangea shrubs are thriving. They have big blooms on them. Huckleberries also have berries on them, so I am looking forward to seeing how they do. My dewberries are thriving also with green leaves and blooms, which I am sure will be berries soon. Cherry trees also have green leaves. Overall I am well pleased.
Susan Greenya, Hunstville AL
Wild Hydrangea Shrub - Hydrangea arborescens
Wild hydrangea is a fast-growing shrub that thrives in hardiness zones four through nine and is often treated as a herbaceous perennial in gardens. This bush creates showy clusters of white or creamy, light green flowers that are rounded and heavy enough to weigh the stems down during spring and summer. The leaves are oversized and are medium-light green and smooth. In autumn, the leaves turn yellow to create a colorful display until the leaves fall off to expose the canes. The soft, woody canes are covered in peeling bark when the plants grow unchecked, offering an excellent addition to the landscape during winter. Cane breakage is common in regions with snowy winters, but the attractive seed pods are a welcome addition to early winter landscapes. If the canes are damaged, cut the damaged areas or whole plant back to ground level. Cutting the plant back in autumn also boosts growth and reinvigorates the flowering shrub. When the shrub is cut back in autumn, the average height ranges from three to five feet. Wild hydrangea reaches six to eight feet high when allowed to grow without cutting it back. The width is approximately the same as the height, creating attractive mounds of blossoming greenery in spring and summer. The rounded clusters of flowers attract a wide range of pollinators, making the shrub an excellent addition to any garden, including rain gardens and butterfly gardens. Hydrangea prefers moist soil and grows well in partial shade and forested areas. Extra watering is necessary during hot, dry summers, and a layer of mulch provides extra moisture when growing hydrangeas in gardens. The shrub tolerates black walnut trees, rabbits, clay soil, and rocky soil well. When grown in gardens, remove the suckers to prevent creeping or allow the suckers to root when using the plants for ground cover.
Wild Huckleberry Bush- Vaccinium
The wild huckleberry bush, whose Latin name is the Vaccinium, thrives in various habitats, such as the mid-alpines, mountain slopes, forests, and lakes. They grow the best in damp soil with some acidity as they originate from volcanic areas. The wild huckleberry was one of the very few plant species that survived on the slope of Mount St. Helens when it erupted in the mid-1980s. Today it thrives as a prominent bush on slopes and in favorable, mild climates.
For hundreds of years, wild huckleberries have been used as both food and traditional medicine. They were first gathered by Native Americans along the Pacific coast, British Columbia, and Montana. The berries were used as food for the First Nations people and tasted tart, similar to blueberries in both look and taste. Today the fruit is used in various foods such as jams, pies, dressings, juices, teas, etc. As a traditional medicine, the berries treated pain, cardiac ailments, and mild infections. Huckleberries are also a favorite food source for wild animals such as bears, birds, deer, and coyotes.
As huckleberries are found in various habitats such as the mid-alpine regions of Montana, and lake basins on the Pacific coast, it makes the bush reasonably easy to grow. The perennial evergreens grow about two to three feet tall under the sun and reach a whopping ten feet in the shade! When fully grown, the leaves reach an inch and a half in length and turn a glossy green in the summer months. It is encouraged to grow the bush in pots before transferring it to a garden to give it strong roots to grow with. as soon as it is a young sapling, and for the rest of its life, the bush produces flowers that bloom in spring and stays in full bloom throughout the summer. The huckleberry bush is a great versatile bush! It can be used as decor in a lush garden and can also be utilized for its food and medicinal properties. Huckleberries are great additions to any garden!
Wild Dewberry - plants that repel mosquitoes
Rubus trivial, or dewberries, are similar in appearance to wild blackberries. The ripe berries have a delicious, sweet-tart flavor that is perfect for pies and preserves or when eaten fresh. Unlike blackberries, dewberry often stems root when the tip of the stem touches the ground. In early spring, delicate white flowers appear, giving the mounded tickets vibrant color until the flowers are replaced with berries. Wild dewberry has a shrubby appearance, with slender stems that reach about two feet high. The stems often curve toward the ground when berries are present, giving the thorny-stemmed thicket a mounded look. Early berries look like classic red raspberries but deepen to a dark purple when mature.
Like other plants in the rubus family, the light green leaves have jagged, saw-toothed edges. Dewberries thrive in hardiness zones six through nine. To grow wild dewberries, plant seedlings four feet apart in a sunny location after all danger of frost has passed. The plant thrives when all competition is removed from the surrounding area. Native to floodplains and swamplands, wild dewberries are flood-resistant and can withstand moist and dry soil conditions. Choose soil that is well-drained, slightly acidic, and slightly dry for optimum berry production. Wild dewberry propagates readily in open areas, such as clear-cut fields, making the plant ideal for ground cover plantings. The dense shrubs are also an excellent addition to border plantings and in edible gardens. Birds and other wildlife are attracted to the ripe berries, making the shrub a welcome addition to native gardens where wildlife is encouraged to visit. Typically, new seedlings produce berries after three to five years. In warmer regions, dewberries ripen in mid to late spring but can be found until mid-summer in some regions. After the growing season ends, cut the stems back to encourage new growth the following year.
"The Wild Cherry Tree"
Wild Cherry Tree -- Prunus avium - A plant that repels mosquitoes
The wild cherry tree is a robust plant that can live up to sixty years when properly maintained—considered a hermaphrodite, having both male and female reproductive organs. During April, these fantastic trees begin to bloom white flowers shaped like cups and have five petals upon them. Wild Cherries are a famous tree, which many landscapers plant in their yards. The bark of these beautiful trees is rich brownish-red with distinguishable cream-colored lines running horizontally. It has elliptical-shaped flower bud clusters in the winter months, giving it an appealing look all year round. Their circular leaves are deep green with jagged edges, measuring between six to fifteen centimeters, turning orange and a deep crimson in the fall. Wild cherry trees grow pretty rapidly, sprouting an additional 4 to 6 feet every year, reaching a height of 82 feet within the first ten years. Its ideal temperature is forty-five degrees Fahrenheit or less with a total of at least 700 to 900 hours of chill time, thriving in coastal regions. They require six or more hours of daily sunlight and do better in areas where the sun shines continuously throughout the day—preferring soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.8, where there's adequate rainwater drainage. For wild cherry trees that begin to appear weak or unhealthy, nitrogen-enriched fertilizer usually restores its health and promotes the growing process. It is a genuinely breathtaking tree that adds beauty to a landscape and makes an ideal spot to sit and relax. They're known for attracting a wide variety of wildlife, including beautiful songbirds. Some include blue jays, the Northern cardinal, woodpeckers, the Baltimore oriole, purple finch, and yellow-bellied sapsucker. These birds sing their great songs atop the branches, providing the world with their sweet melodies. These magnificent trees arrive in the consumer in bare-root form, arriving in the home in excellent condition.