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Valentine’s Day Fire

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and when we think of Valentines we think of fiery red. This week we are featuring two fiery Japanese Red Maples: Fireglow and Moonfire.

Come by and see these trees this Saturday, February 6th, 10AM to 4PM, and take home some fire for that special someone in your life. Candy is dandy but it only lasts a day. Flowers are fragrant but they won’t be fresh by Friday. A fiery red tree makes an outstanding Valentine that will last a lifetime. Can’t make it? Call or text us at 425-677-4948 to make an appointment.

Fireglow Japanese Red Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Fireglow’) Unlike many other Japanese

Fireglow Japanese Maple

Fireglow Japanese Maple

Maples, Fireglow is sun tolerant and will survive full sun in our area with regular watering. In fact, you will want to grow Fireglow in a place where it will be backlit by the sun. The leaves will glow like shards of stained glass. In autumn the leaves turn bright red. This tree grows upright and tops out at about 12 feet making it ideal for smaller yards. You can even plant Fireglow in a large pot as long as it gets afternoon shade and sufficient water. Full sun to part shade. Our Fireglow Maples are 3 to 4 feet tall in 2 gallon pots. You can pay over $100 for one of these trees but this Saturday we are offering them for only $39.

Moonfire Japanese Red Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Moonfire’) Bring on the heat! Moonfire is

Moonfire Japanese Red Maple

Moonfire Japanese Red Maple

another Japanese Red Maple that can handle hot afternoon sun. This upright tree has very deep red-garnet colored leaves that hold their color throughout the summer. This fast growing tree tops out at about 18 feet. Like Fireglow, Moonfire is best appreciated when the sun is shining through the leaves. Sit yourself down in your favorite lawn chair in the shade of your Moonfire, and gaze upward to admire the glowing canopy.The deep red leaves are actually translucent. Turns fire engine red in the fall. Full sun to part shade. Our Moonfire Maples are 4 to 5 feet tall in 3 gallon pots. This Saturday we are offering them or only $49.


Summer Chocolate Silk Tree – The Happiness Tree

Summer Chocolate Silk Tree

Summer Chocolate Silk Tree

We have a new, premium variety tree this week, and it’s Summer Chocolate Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin -‘Summer Chocolate’). This tree has large, feathery leaves that look kind of like fern fronds. The leaves are a deep burgundy and rival lace leaf Japanese Maples, Purple Smoke Bush and Purple Beech in intensity.

Summer Chocolate Silk Trees are sun-lovers. They are fast growers and can grow to 20 by 20 feet. They are not fussy about soil and are drought tolerant. Best of all, they are deer resistant, so if you are looking to add a splash of purple in an area frequented by deer, then this is the tree for you.

The bark and flowers from the Silk Tree are used in Chinese herbal medicine as antidepressants, hence the name, “The Happiness Tree”. Preparations from the tree are also supposed to have antioxidant properties. Information is available for folks who want to investigate these claims.

Gazing at a Summer Chocolate Silk Tree in bloom will bring happiness to anyone’s heart.

Magnolia Betty & Jane – Magnolia x stellata ‘Betty’, ‘Jane’

Magnolia Jane bloomWe have 2-3 foot Magnolia Betty plants available. We have the available now at a very reasonable price.

Magnolia Betty is a member of a magnolia hybrid collection developed at the National Arboretum in the mid-1950s by Francis DeVos and William Kosar. Other members of the collection include ‘Ann’,  ‘Judy’, ‘Pinkie’, ‘Randy’, ‘Ricki’ and ‘Susan’.

Magnolias like moist, rich, well drained soil. This slow growing tree can grow over time to 10 feet in height with an 8 foot spread but can easily be kept smaller with pruning. Multiple plants can be grown together for an informal hedge.

Magnolia Betty is noted for its large (8 inch cup-shaped), reddish-purple flowers with white interiors and late bloom (mid-April to early May).  They will sporadically re-bloom in mid-summer.

The buds can appear as early as February. Want indoor blossoms early? Take cuttings with buds on them and place them in water in a cool, protected place like your garage. The buds will grow larger and when they start to open put them in a vase and bring them indoors to enjoy.