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Yew Shrub With Burning Bush And Balloon Flowers

The Yew Plant Family is known for its striking foliage and a number of varieties. This plant specimen does well in a number of different geographic locations. Different varietieis include tree up right form, standing, and spreading shrubs. It is native to western Asia, Europe, North Africa, and parts of the northern hemisphere. Many of the species can endure cold weather climates. This is a specie in gardens and landscapes that can create a wonderful accent to the Burning Bush and Balloon Flowers. The thin and slender evergreen leaves as well as the shape and texture, make this plant family a wonderful addition to an outside area.


Standing And Spreading Yew Varieties

Standing Yew Variety
Spreading Yew Variety

The English or Common is a popular variety. The bark of the trees have been used for years in making the longbow. This Yew specimen is especially native in the Asia, Europe and South Africa regions. It does well in moist soil and must have room to show off its dark colored trunk and leaves. It can be a slow grower but also a very long life span. The English variety tree can mature up to fifty feet in height. This is a tree form that can take on a symmetrical form.

After pruning a Yew, a good Holly Tone product or a fertilizer, such as a good mixture of phosphate and nitrogen.(10-10-10 is a good choice) Also applying some organic mushroom compost to the soil. The compost is an organic fertilizer that will last up to one year. The Common variety has a male and female tree. The male tree produces scaly cones, and the female trees develops a scarlet or ruby colored berry. These berries are poisonous. A great specie to use as a backdrop also. Some other varieties of the English plant, are the Aurea, which has golden yellow leaves the first year, and the leaves turn a deep green color the second year. Dovastoniana is known well in England, and is characterized by its horizontal and spreading branches.


Close Up Of Leaves, Japanese and American Hybrid

Close Up Of Yew Leaves
Japanese And American Hybrid Yew

Fastigiata is the Irish Yew, and is a beautiful coned shaped tight upright tree. The Repandens is the spreading variety and looks sensational in a rock garden or over some larger rocks. These varieties will do well in zones five through ten in the United States.


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You see conifers in many different geographic locations.

The American or Taxus canadensis variety is very hardy of the plant family. It survives in zones three through seven. The American can reach up to six to six and a half feet tall, and up to eight feet wide. This specie does well in dense forests that provide a good amount of moisture. It can take shade, and loves the cooler weather and winter months. The berries are bright red and also creates a wonderful ornamental shrub throughout the colder winter months.

The Japanese or Taxus cuspidata variety is one of the most well known species for a landscape area. The hybrid, Taxus x media is also wonderful in a garden. Both of these varieties can be in upright form or spreading. If left unpruned, this variety can mature up to fifteen feet. It is also considered a faster grower compared to other of this family species. The plant can be used as a hedge, foundation planting, and also can create a great topiary. The Japanese specimen is also very tolerant of pollution, and will survive well in an urban environment.


The Japanese or Taxus cuspidata variety is one of the most well known species for a landscape area. The hybrid, Taxus x media is also wonderful in a garden. Both of these varieties can be in upright form or spreading. If left unpruned, this variety can mature up to fifteen feet. It is also considered a faster grower compared to other of this family species. The plant can be used as a hedge, foundation planting, and also can create a great topiary. The Japanese specimen is also very tolerant of pollution, and will survive well in an urban environment.

The Japanese Yew Pine is a variety that is native to Japan. It us a larger evergreen tree that will grow well in zones seven through eleven in the United States. It can mature anywhere from thirty to fifty feet tall, but can be kept in shrub form by keeping pruned to around six to eight feet. It can take full sun or partial shade and produces blue tone berries. The macrophyllus species is the best to have as a shrub in a container or landscape.

Burning Bush
To compliment any of these Yews, you can plant some Burning Bushes throughout a garden area.

The Burning Bush is also known as a Windged Euonymus. This is a cold hardy shrub and can grow in zones three through nine and some of ten.

This deciduous shrub can grow anywhere from six to twenty feet tall and ten to fifteen feet wide. There is a smaller version which is called the Compacta. It will grow six to eight feet high and five to seven feet wide.

The Burning Bush will take full sun but doesn't like excessive moisture. This bush is excellent in front of a Nellie Stevens.

Another option is along a fence or natural rocks or stone walls. The Spruce or Arborvitae family are also good accents with the Burning Bush.

Notice how this shrub is in full bloom. The one on the left is the bush we took on the picture above. Look at how the some of the leaves have fallen and also how the tones of the leaves have changed.


Berries And Close Up Of Burning Bush

Berries In Fall
Close Up Of Burning Bush

One of the most spectacular sites of the Burning Bush is in the fall when the leaves start turning. Berries appear on the bush and then the wonderful transformation begins of the green leaves turning into the full mass of vibrant red. Take a look at this close up as well as the entire bush taken two days ago. It is at about at full peak. Take a look at the two pictures below, Burning Bush stunning in the autumn.


Burning Bushes In Their Full Fall Glory

Full Bush
Fall Full Bush /

The Balloon Flower is a great complimentary flower to go with the Holly and Burning Bush. This mass of flowers are stunning during the summer months. Now is great time of year to buy Balloon Flower seeds and start them indoors, or get ready to plant them straight into the ground. I have had good success with both germinating Balloon flowers indoors and straight into the ground.


Mass Of Flowers Along With The Balloon's Fall Colors

Mass of Balloon Flowers
Fall Color Balloon Flowers

The Balloon flower also looks stunning with many other perennial flowers. As fall arrives the flowers die out but the leaves of the balloon take on their fall foliage. The golden yellow leaves bring on a great autumn look, as the balloon plant becomes a wonderful accent around the burning bush and the holly evergreens. The fall leaves of this plant also compliment different Maple trees. The Yew, Burning Bush, and Balloon Flowers will compliment each other in most any garden. You can fertilize these plants one to two times a year with a slow nitrogen release fertilizer.

You can purchase the fertilizer at any major chain store, nursery or garden center. These plants are durable and provide different colors and textures throughout many months of the year. Consider using the three plant combination to add some real warmth and beauty to your landscape gardens. Look for different colors and textures. Plan a theme base garden using just evergreens, or a combination of evergreens and deciduous plants. Remember always, plan, prep, and plant - Enjoy!


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