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Timely tendings: Pointers on picking the perfect shade tree

. Trees are a large part of any landscape and should be selected carefully. Shade trees should have moderate to dense foliage and should not have large or objectionable fruits, flowers or seeds. They should have the ability to withstand high winds and be relatively free from insects and disease pests, and of a size suitable for the location. We have all seen large oaks planted under utility lines and then severely pruned. You may want to use both deciduous and evergreen trees in your landscape. Some deciduous shade trees for our area are red maple, pecan, sweet gum, sycamore, water oak and elm. Evergreen trees include live oak, pine, magnolia and red cedar. For more information on selecting trees, go to

Overgrown vines such as wisteria, ivy, flame (right), coral (above), honeysuckle and confederate jasmine can be pruned now. Cut off excess tangled growth. Prune back from one-third to one-half and remove rooted suckers that are growing in undesirable areas.

Information from Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek of the Pinellas County Extension Service and from the Hillsborough County Extension Gardening Almanac. Go to the extension websites at and

Timely tendings: Pointers on picking the perfect shade tree 11/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 19, 2010 3:30am]
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