Poll (just for fun)

myrtleoak(z7 TN)May 1, 2007

Name your least favorite shrub/tree and the shrub/tree that you feel is most underrated.

Least favorite: Burning Bush

Underrated: Carolina Laurelcherry

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Least favorite: It is a tie, Tree of Heaven... Paper Mulberry.

Most favorite: A thorny thing I disliked when I first moved here. Grows like a teenage boy... so I have to cut it back a lot. But it went through the freeze like a champ. Every year, including this one, it gives pollinators something to do when nothing else is blooming. It has orange berries. Why has it's name escaped me this morning?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2007 at 11:35AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

least favorite: Bradford Pear
Underrated: Too many to list. A common one I like that many people don't is Mimosa. It's pretty, easy to grow, and isn't invasive enough to bother me.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2007 at 3:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cannahavana(z7a Knoxville)

least favorite: BRADFORD PEAR. They should be on the envasive list. We can't get rid of ours even after cutting down and grinding the stump. Plus, they stink like a dirty toilet when they bloom.

underated: Trachycarpus fortuneii. I love our palms! When everything melted in the freeze, they were growing completely unaffected!


    Bookmark   May 1, 2007 at 5:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
intimidator_3(7a TN)

Ditto to Canna(notice the sucking up to the wife?)

Bradfords, evergreen azaleas=BOOOOOO!



    Bookmark   May 1, 2007 at 8:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
myrtleoak(z7 TN)

Cathy, I think you may be talking about a pyracantha (sp?).

    Bookmark   May 1, 2007 at 11:33PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
katiedidcottage(z7 TN / Chattanooga)

Least favorite: I agree -- Bradford Pear

Most favorite:

Muscadines - I got enough the second year to make bunches of jelly. It looks like this year I'll have at least 10 times what I had last year.

Lady Banks Roses - I got several of these in white, yellow and purple (which actually looks more pink). They grow quickly and make a nice screen on my chain link fence. They bloom for a couple of weeks in the spring and are covered in blooms.


    Bookmark   May 2, 2007 at 1:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Least favorite: Bradford Pear - they're rarely trimmed correctly and end up looking stupid from breakage. They are okay to look at in a group from a distance, but I can't help but think about how they'll eventually have wind damage and will look pitiful.

Underrated: Euonymous - We're making a hedge from ours and it's been fun to watch it go through all the different stages of growth. Right now it's got long, floppy stems.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2007 at 7:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes, myrtleoak, pyracantha...it is a cotoneaster, right?

    Bookmark   May 2, 2007 at 7:33PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
myrtleoak(z7 TN)

Not sure. All I know is that it is a southern European native.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2007 at 12:02AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


I am back to calling it a pyracantha. I found a cultivar in a book (no pix) that mentions orange berries and upright growth to about 15 feet. That sounds like my baby.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2007 at 11:15AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
myrtleoak(z7 TN)

I think they are sometimes underappreciated also (pyracantha, that is).

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 2:14AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
madmouser(7 TN)

Pyracantha and Cotoneaster are different. W3e had both of them when I was growing up in California.
The Pyracantha had dark green glossy leaves with lots of red berries. And nasty, nasty thorns. It's called Firethorn for a reason. You see it espaliered a lot on the west coast.
Definietly one of my least favorite plants.
The Cotoneaster was a big bush with arshing branches. The leaves were a fuzzy grey and the berries were darker, more a burgundy. No thorns. Birds were quite fond of both of them.

Here is a link that might be useful: cotoneaster photos

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 6:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I hate butterfly bush. Gets to big and ugly.
Magnolias are my favorite. I wish I had 100's on my property.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2007 at 11:35AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My least favorite? Hmmm. Privet hands down because it is invasive if you give it the least opportunity. One of those give it an inch and it takes a mile species. I'm not fond of mimosa for the same reason, but don't hate it quite as bad.

My favorite bush would probably be camellia because I don't have any luck with it here. I had huge beautiful bushes where I grew up, but have never been able to get my soil right here. Azaleas too. They are so pretty in bloom, but I can't grow them worth a hang either.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2007 at 7:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
myrtleoak(z7 TN)

Also thumbs down: tree of heaven, hostas (sorry), Japanese barberry (boring...fringeflower fills this red shrub niche much better), butterfly bush(always looks messy to me), prostrate ground cover juniper (ughh!).

Also thumbs up: red tip photina, deodar cedar, waxmyrtle (should be more available), fringetree (nice native).

    Bookmark   May 10, 2007 at 5:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I am new to Nashville from Southern California.

I am sorry but I like the butterfly bush. I planted two as soon as we moved here.

I think the Flame Bush is way over used. Got rid of them right away.

I did not like the monkey grass when I got here, but starting to like it.

Beth in Antioch

    Bookmark   May 12, 2007 at 9:11PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Composting Leaves
I have a huge pile of leaves, trying to speed up composting...
Memphis Area Master Gardeners Spring Fling 2015
Memphis Area Master Gardeners Kick-Off the 2015 Gardening...
New to Chattanooga TN
Moved here about a month ago and can't wait to garden....
Which Fruit Trees to plant?
I just purchased 3 acres and a small house. The entire...
Growing Grapes in Tennessee
In hopes of getting some conversation going in our...
brandon7 TN_zone
Sponsored Products
Braided Accent Rug: Monroe Palomino 2' x 4'
$59.97 | Home Depot
SPT Stainless Steel Upright Freezer
Trend Lighting BT6733 Arctica Table Lamp with Rose Gold Glass - BT6733
$280.00 | Hayneedle
Metro MT34 Wild Lime Rectangular: 2 Ft. x 3 Ft. Rug
$60.75 | Bellacor
Umber Stripes Giclee LED Reading Light Plug-In Sconce
Lamps Plus
Orange & Blue Juniper Rug
$29.99 | zulily
Habersham Le Chateau 70 x 20 Sideboard
Braided Accent Rug: Jefferson Evergreen 2' x 4'
$59.97 | Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™