Native Trees and Shrubs for Southern Gardens
Red Buckeye - Native Shrub
Red Buckeye, Honeysuckle Azalea and Magnolia Top My List
I plant native trees and shrubs. "Why?", you might ask. My answer would be that they are beautiful, easy to grow, low maintenance, drought tolerant and are used by more wildlife than their exotic cousins.
If you don't want to spend hours maintaining your landscape, then an informal plan using native plants is for you.
The best time to transplant trees and shrubs is from fall to early spring. Be sure to keep them watered for the first 6 to 9 months, until they are established.
In this article I highlight some of my favorite native trees and shrubs giving information about growing them and why I like them. Photographs of each are featured.
Native Trees and Shrubs Poll
How often do you use multi-purpose native trees and shrubs in your landscaping?
Native Plant Landscaping and Sustainablility
This is a must read for all who care about the environment.
Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
The Red Buckeye is a beautiful native large shrub or small tree that grows along the edges of woodlands. It can be used in landscaping and should be planted in part sun in fair soil. Spikes of red flowers appear in spring. Hummingbirds and other pollinators drink the sweet nectar from the large number of flowers.
After the flowers fade, a seed pod forms which contains the "buckeyes" from whence it's common name is derived. The large seeds are easy to plant and can be heeled into the ground wherever you wish a new tree to grow.
Native Honeysuckle Azalea
Native Deciduous Azaleas (Rhododendron spp.)
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Honeysuckle Azalea (Rhododendron canescens) is one of the most common native azaleas in Louisiana. The flower color ranges from nearly white to deep pink and the fragrance resembles that of honeysuckle (hence the common name). These deciduous Azaleas grow naturally on the higher land along streams and rivers.
They are lovely in a natural setting in part sun to part shade in well drained soil. They bloom in spring.
Flame Azalea (Rhododendron
austrinum) is a native of Florida and Alabama, but grows well in Louisiana and throughout the south. Growing conditions are similar to that of R. canenscens.
Swamp or Summer Azalea, (Rhododendron viscosum was R. serrulatum) is the only summer blooming native Azalea in our area. As it's common name shows, it likes damp soil and grows well in shady, swamp like areas. Because of habitat destruction, R. viscosum is being lost in the wild.
Native Tree and Shrub Books
A good reference book about Southeastern U.S. native trees and shrubs.
Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
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The Southern Magnolia is a majestic evergreen tree. It is the state flower of Louisiana and many other states. It's enormous white flowers are followed by attractive cones containing bright red seeds. The seeds are eaten by many kinds of birds.
Southern Magnolias are easy to grow if given a lot of room for expansion. They like full sun and good soil.
Links to More About Native Trees and Shrubs
- Native Azaleas of Louisiana in Pictures
Beautiful, hardy native azaleas (Rhododendrons) add color to the landscape. They are perfect for hummingbird, butterfly and sustainable gardens. Many photographs illustrate this page.
- Planting for Birds and Wildlife
Welcoming birds and animals into our yard has been a most enjoyable experience. The beauty and motion that they add to the landscape makes the garden that we have created seem all the more beautiful. We have provided a planting list with photographs
- Early Spring Nature Walk
Spring usually comes early to southeastern Louisiana, but in 2010, the flowers were a couple of weeks later that normal. The wet cold winter provided good conditions for most plants, especially the flowering bulbs and wildflowers.We walked around our
- Folsom Louisiana Native Plant Society
Includes: Gardening Methods and Tips Making Compost Tea Fall Watering Tips Planting a Bog Garden
- Native Trees: The Southern Magnolia
In the effort to grow healthy thriving trees, an option is to grow trees native to the area. The beautiful Southern Magnolia tree is native to the United States and is found mainly in the southwestern region....