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

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kathy003

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
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atwork

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
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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!

Rebecca

    Bookmark   May 1, 2007 at 5:26PM
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intimidator_3(7a TN)

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

Bradfords, evergreen azaleas=BOOOOOO!

Calycanthus=YEAAAAAA!

Doug
I3

    Bookmark   May 1, 2007 at 8:41PM
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myrtleoak(z7 TN)

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

    Bookmark   May 1, 2007 at 11:33PM
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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.

Katie

    Bookmark   May 2, 2007 at 1:37PM
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eaglebug

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
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kathy003

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

    Bookmark   May 2, 2007 at 7:33PM
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myrtleoak(z7 TN)

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

    Bookmark   May 4, 2007 at 12:02AM
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kathy003

myrtleoak...

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
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myrtleoak(z7 TN)

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

    Bookmark   May 6, 2007 at 2:14AM
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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
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lisaluvsbassetts

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
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ladybug1(7TN)

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
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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
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wildpiglet

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
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