This Native Evergreen Loves the Cold!The Balsam Fir, ‘Abies balsamea’, exhibits a relatively dense, dark-green, pyramidal crown. It is a small to medium sized evergreen tree, develops a wide base, and has a narrow top that ends in a slender spire-like top. The scientific name “balsamea” is an ancient word for the balsam tree, so named because of the many resinous blisters found in the bark. Balsam fir and Fraser fir have many similar characteristics.The Balsam Fir has needles that are 1 1/2 inches long, are flat, rounded at the tip, and normally have a strong curve. These needles are dark green above and whitened below. This fir does not produce seeds until it is 20 years old, or 15 feet tall.The species thrives in cooler climates and demands abundant soil moisture and a humid atmosphere. Balsam Fir is one of the more important conifers in the northern United States, and it makes up a large percentage of the popular Christmas tree!The Balsam Fir is a great specimen tree, and many wildlife rely extensively on this tree for food and shelter!* Food for wildlife * Specimen * Christmas tree.
Tough as nails and pretty too! How tough is tough? We can tell you that a plant is “as tough as nails”, but what does that really mean? Well, how about this – in Dallas and Los Angeles Oleanders are used as the shrubs in their freeway plantings since they are able to handle those impossible conditions so easily. Have you ever ridden on a freeway in Dallas or Los Angeles? If so then you know exactly how harsh a growing environment that is. Now compare that to your garden. If Oleanders don’t just grow, but thrive and profusely flower in the median of the busiest freeways in the world, then you know that they will grow in your yard with no problem! These tough shrubs are drought, heat and salt resistant. These are perfect accent plants in even the most aggressively warm climates. They are quick growers to their full height of 6 to 8 feet, and are perfect for fences, borders and property edges. In warm zones Oleanders are evergreen shrubs that don’t need to be pruned or fussed over. You can truly plant and forget them, once they are established. They are evergreens, so the deep green leaf color is on the plant year-round. They put on a flower show all summer long with gorgeous trumpet-shaped blooms. They are big enough to provide a sparkling background for other flowering shrubs in the border, too. Nature Hills ships strong field-grown plants that will arrive at your doorstep in mint condition, ready to plant in your garden. Order a few of these truly ‘tough as nails’ but beautiful Oleanders today and see for yourself! * Profuse summer flowers* Rich evergreen foliage* Super-duper hardy* No fussing required.