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Viburnums for Every Garden

The range of aesthetic characteristics that viburnums display is a gardener’s delight. You can choose plants that are evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous. Some species are under two feet in stature while others are towering 20 footers. Viburnum leaves can be rounded or lance-shape, smooth, velvety or rough, and often deeply veined to give the leaf an undulating appearance. The often fragrant flowers are white or pink, and most species bloom between early spring and early summer. The fruit (drupes) set in the late summer are metallic blue, bright red and in some species change from red to deep purple as autumn progresses. The fall color on the deciduous types is equally striking ranging from bright clear yellow, to brilliant crimson, to a deep rusty maroon.


Yard and Garden: Damage Caused by Freezing Temperatures

April 13, 2012, 9:57 am | Richard Jauron, Willy Klein

Early spring weather sped up plant, tree and shrub growth, making them vulnerable to several nights of cold temperatures this week. Fruit plants and trees were especially hard hit by freezing temperatures. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists have received many questions from gardeners concerned about damage to plants and trees.


Yard and Garden: Growing Fruit Trees

February 27, 2014, 4:27 pm | Richard Jauron, Willy Klein

With a little planning, homeowners who enjoy picking ripe, juicy fruit from their own trees can successfully grow fruit trees, such as apples, pears, plums and cherries – even homeowners with only small yard space.