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The Woodlands of Missouri
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Red-Tip Photinia - a Fast Growing Evergreen

Red-Tip Photinia - a Fast Growing Evergreen

One of the most popular evergreen shrubs for the warmer plant zones is the Red Tip Photinia (Photinia fraseri). The new growth is bright to deep red shoots and leaves, and masses of white Spring flowers, makes this a very attractive landscape shrub.

The two major features of this shrub is that its an evergreen, and that it can be very fast growing. Fast growing trees and shrubs are very popular for privacy screens and windbreaks, and as shrubs, hedges or fence line borders are widely popular also. Combine the two - fast growing and evergreen, and you have a plant that is highly prized in 'quick' landscape design.

Now growth rates do vary widely as per growing conditions (soils, climate, watering, fertilizing, etc.) so to state a growth-rate is always unrealistic. Even so, it is nice to have an idea what the Red Tip Photinia can grow. Fast growing is a relative term, but with Photinia, you can see anywhere from one foot to four feet of growth in a season. Now keep in mind, that as the Photinia grows, it is the whole 'ball' or spread that grows. So even at a foot, the incremental growth can be significant. It is important to keep the red Tip Photinia pruned, to both improve its growth and to develop the shrub into a dense evergreen mass. As the new growth develops (the red tips and shoots), pruning will help the plant to 'thicken up'. After the new growth turns from red to regular green like the rest of the plant, then trim some of the new growth. This can be done one to several times during the growing season. Each time this is done, new shoot buds will develop along the stems, producing more and more foliage. Repeat this process over several years, and the Red-Tip will be that classic dense shrub as noted in the various pictures and yards we see. Kept untrimmed, the Photinia will fill out moderately, but pruning really helps.

The Red-Tip Photinia grows best from Plant Zones 7 to 10, maybe even into Zone 6 with some luck. We have seen Photinia growing in Missouri, but generally the warmer climates are better. Height of the Red Tip Photinia can reach about ten to twelve feet, and about the same for width (varies with pruning). Develop the Photinia into a tree, for a focual point or limited space small tree. Photinia in the tree form does take more time and patience, but to have the whole umbrella a mass of white flowers is a spectacular sight! Watering and fertilizing are always questions asked. The Red Tip Photinia likes full sun, so the water demand is moderate. Depending on the soil and climate, you will want to monitor the soil moisture and keep the soil moist but not wet. Because the Photinia is a fast growing evergreen shrub, the Red Tip burns a lot of nutrients. Because of that, keep fertilized with a moderately strong nitrogen fertilizer. Really any type will do, but do fertilizer at least once during the growing season. Again, depending on the growing conditions, fertilize in late Winter before active, once of twice during the growing season to keep the evergreen growing at its best, then a low-nitorgen fertilizer in the late Summer or early Fall to fortify the shrub for the cooler Winter temperatures.

As a member of the Rose Family (Roseaceae), Photinia may have aphids and other minor pests bothering it. Like roses, deer are often fond of the Photinia, so be forewarned... NO mulch... One of the few trees or shrubs that should not have that thick layer of mulch is the Red Tip Photinia. This is because the Black Spot virus (common in Roses) festers in the organic material under the plant. Using a plastic mulch or weed cloth can be fine. Black spot can be fatal, but often more a comestic problem, and develops in cold temperatures and humidity. Mulch tends to increase the chance of its development. The warmer and drier the climate, the less likely Black Spot will develop. As the warmer drier season approaches, Photinia tends to grow out of the problem. Trimming can remove the unsightly stems and leaves.

Now as a grower of Red Tip Photinia, we always seem to sell out early in the Spring. We grow as much Photinia as we can, but we always sell out! The best time to order is early... anytime from late Summer through Winter, and by Spring, we tend to be sold-out. Book or place your orders early, and we can best meet your requests.

The Red Tip Photinia is a fast growing evergreen shrub, and now you know a little bit more...

Happy Planting!

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Written by Empire National Nursery, Your North Carolina Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

F R E E - Get a Free Red Maple Tree!!!

Empire National Nursery fast growing trees for home and garden landscaping
F R E E - Get a Free Red Maple Tree!!!

Here's the Deal - Very Specifically... We will send you 1 Free Red Maple Seedling IF... you will pay the 75-cents postage and handling cost!

Simply use this PayPal payment button! Yes... this tree seedling is Teeny-Tiny , will measure from 2 to 5 inches (plus root), fits into a regular #10 envelope. We are doing this promotion to introduce Ourselves to You!

TERMS & CONDITIONS: One Seedling per address, and only if the 75-cents postage and handling is paid. This is a Very Limited promotion, good for the first 1,000 respondants, OR, 3/31/13, whichever comes first. We will enclose a couple leaflets and a Mini-Catalog, but thats it. The 75-cent cost covers the actual postage, the PayPal payment fee, and part of the insert printing cost...

Red Maple - Fast growth up to 80 feet tall, and good for Zones 2 to 10. Plant in full sun with a moderate amount of water, this tree is planted as single specimens, shade, and great for Fall color. Very popular because the red Fall color! These can grow up to 4+ feet per year, but up to 1-2 feet in the first year is more typical! Growth for your area will vary as per growing conditions, so it is very challenging to guess at that. (Sci. name: Acer rubra).

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Written by Empire National Nursery, Your North Carolina Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pecan - An Edible Fast Growing Tree

So what's with the Pecan? There has been a lot of talk recently about this variety versus that, and which is better...

We like the Pecan, and grow just the true species (Carya illinoensis). As growers of a large number of different tree species, we have a preference for the natives. We do grow some hybrids, like our fast growing Ameri-Willow tree, but for the most part, we like the natives trees. Hybrids are fine, but for Pecan, we just dont grow any of them.

Among the features we like about the Pecan, is firstly that it is pretty fast growing tree. Growth rates can be up to three or four feet a year (which we would consider as fast growing), but depending on the growing conditions, perhaps one to two feet of new growth is more to be expected. Not greatly fast-growing in that respect, but there are other great features we like about the Pecan.

Like Pecan pie? We do... and the nuts the regular true-species (or the hybrids) produces, makes Pecan a keeper! Granted, it takes a number of years before the Pecan tree starts flowering and producing nuts, typically flowering and fruiting starts from age ten to twenty years. So plant the tree, and wait... Great for shade in the meantime.

Besides fast growing and edible qualities of the tree, the Pecan wood is strong! Pecan is in the genus Carya, which are the hickories. Hickory wood is tough and durable. Want a fast growing hardy and sturdy tree? Pecan is a good one to plant in your mix of tree species for windbreaks.

And besides tough durable wood, the Pecan, being in the Walnut Family (Juglanaceae), the Pecan wood grain is beautiful. As a quality decorative wood for furniture or wood-working projects, the Pecan is a treasure.

Then if for no other reason, we like the Pecan because it can make a terrific firewood. Hickory... like the oaks, Pecan is dense, heavy, high BTU producing fuel, ideal for those chilly nights. As time goes on, limbs may break or get trimmed, older trees removed, etc., so if you can keep some for the fireplace, Pecan will keep you warm...

Among the many trees we like, Pecan is a nice tree to have. Whether for shade, nuts, firewood, or whatever, this is a true native tree that can a unique spot in your landscape design.

We wonder what +Glenn Beck thinks about Pecans. Our guess is that +Obama doesn't like Pecans, he doesn't like anything thats not dependent on government suckling... Just saying...

We wonder what +Glenn Beck thinks about Pecans? Our guess is that +Obama doesn't like Pecans... He doesn't like anything that's not dependent on big government suckling. Just saying...

Ready to get your Pecan trees? Go to the Catalog, Order now while supplies lasts!


Written by Empire National Nursery, Your North Carolina Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Happy Birthday - General ROBERT E. LEE

Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday Robert E. Lee!

Among the many heroes and patriots in this great country of ours, is that most beloved Civil War General - Robert E. Lee. Born 1807 in northern Virginia, he married Mary Washington Custis (a direct descendant of our Great George Washington), and was a prominent US Army Corps of Engineers officer, and landowner.

Robert E. Lee loved the United States of America, believed in honest gain through hard work, honorable in his marriage, and was a devoted disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. He had a strong yet gentle personality, and quickly gained the respect of his colleagues and peers. Always a soldier, when the Mexican War broke out in the 1850's, he gained further recognition and promience through his soldery skills.

And later as the War of Northern Aggression broke out, Lee had to make the most difficult of choices, adhere to the national flag, or stand with the his home, family, and State of Virginia. It was very clear that lincoln had usurped his powers thus bypassing Congress and the US Constitution, by restricting 'habeus corpus' and raising an army to invade fellow Americans in the succeeding states. This was in direct contradiction of everything Robert E. Lee believed in and fought for, so his loyalty remained firmly entrenched with Virginia, States Rights, and the US Constitution.

History has shown Lee to be among the most celebrated brilliant generals of all American history, and retains the love and admiration of a great many people today. In later years following the Civil War, Lee became president of Washington - Lee College in central Virginia.

During this year and time of treacherous and ethically bankrupt presidential leadership, let us remember the builders and patriots of this great country like Robert E. Lee.

Happy Birthday! Oh, how we could use you now!


Written by Empire National Nursery, Your North Carolina Source for Fast Growing Trees.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gemeinhardt Flutes - We Got a Couple For Sale!!!

In the world of Woodwind Instruments, the Gemeinhardt name sure stands out... Made in Elkhardt, Indiana, these fine flutes have been among the most popular among students and professionals. There are many flutes on the market, many wonderful brands and manufacturers, but as a music teacher, I have always had a special reverance for Gemeinhardt flutes.

Yes... as times are tough, I have to sell some of beautiful woodwinds. Are you a student, novice, or consider yourself a 'newbie'? Consider if you will, the flutes we are selling...

Search the Musical Instruments section at A1 Outlet ( Search for Flutes

Want a Gemeinhardt Piccolo? We have one of those also...


Written by Empire National Nursery, Your North Carolina Source for Fast Growing Trees.