Crape Myrtles are a staple of southern landscapes, and for obvious reasons. They have stunning summer blooms and many crape myrtle cultivars have gorgeous fall leaf color. The south is a hot bed of crape myrtles, due in part to how resistant they are to diseases, pests, and drought. Throughout the south, many older cultivars can be seen at mature heights of 15 feet, 25 feet, or greater.
While we love these southern staples, especially cultivars like Tuscarora, Sioux, Dynamite, Natchez and others, it is not uncommon to find them improperly planted in relation to buildings, roads, or other structures. Years after planting, when the trees mature, home and business owners as well as civic leaders may be unhappy with how intrusive the tree appears. It is important to choose the proper spacing to accommodate for the space the full grown tree will require.
Tradition is valued in the south, and so are new improvements. There has been increased effort in recent years to cultivate some new, more compact crape myrtles. Many of these new cultivars have been developed right here in Georgia. These new southern introductions open a whole new realm to crape myrtles in the landscape due to their smaller growth habits, along with some radical new colors of blooms and leaves. The following is a list of some we are honored to carry:
We heard the rumors of a fruit tree that is said to be very resilient; far more durable than most edibles. Its confidence is said to be that of a fruit tree that taunts, “Bring it on!” to our South Georgia heat. It is whispered across the land that this fruit tree tastes much like an apple, yet takes only a fraction of the care. This fruit tree of legendary mystery is the Jujube. While Jujube is a relatively new introduction to many Americans, it has been grown in China and across Asia for its delicious fruit for over 4000 years.
Premium Jujube cultivars have been introduced to the United States over the past 100 years, yet have been overlooked in the mainstream of edibles until the last 10-20 years. The Jujube is gaining momentum in American home and commercial edibles cultivation. Because of their flavor, many premium fruit juice companies are starting to use them as major fillers in apple-cranberry, apple-grape or similar blends. We won’t mention names, but just read the labels, you might be surprised. Many Americans have been drinking Jujube juice for several years now without even realizing it.
Have you ever found refuge in the cool shade of a pecan tree on a scorching hot summer day? Have you ever had the opportunity to harvest home grown pecans with your family on a brisk, fall afternoon? Have those freshly cracked pecans found their way into a family favorite recipe, like pecan pie? If you responded “Yes!” to any of these questions, then chances are you have been fortunate enough to enjoy memories such as these that last a life time; that can even connect one generation to the next. If you would like to grow these kinds of memories, then taking the small step of planting a pecan tree in your home landscape could turn into a generational legacy.
At Wise Nurseries, we take pride in helping to make these opportunities possible. We are approaching the time of year when pecan trees will be arriving and available for purchase at our Statesboro garden center. The stock will arrive in the next two to three weeks and will sell quickly; especially the bare root trees. Call us in the next 7-10 days to reserve your picks from our incoming stock. (912-489-2110)
Listed below are the varieties we will have available this year. Be sure to plant a type 1 with a type 2 for good cross pollination.
Camellias might originally be from Asia but have definitely become a Southern staple. When you think of traditional southern landscapes, camellias are right up there with azaleas, dog woods, hydrangeas and magnolias. So, why would the South want to adopt this plant from half way around the world as our very own?
Did you know that there are many types of Hibiscus
that come back year after year?
The Hibiscus family of plants is very popular in the landscape due to the beautiful, large, tropical-looking flowers and foliage. The tropical types of hibiscus (that don't come back most of the time in zone 8) tend to be popular, but we also have a large selection of perennial hibiscus that do come back year after year. Most hibiscus blooms open during the day and close up at night or on a heavily overcast day. They benefit from being planted in a spot protected from strong winds, and like full to partial sun. Perennial hibiscus will bring color to the landscape for many summers to come.
Summer is in full swing, and that means we have lots of really cool, tropical-looking plants, including elephant ears. These are not your old-fashioned types. In recent years, there has been an explosion of new cultivars. Below is a list of contemporary Elephant Ears that we stock at the Garden Center. They are sure to spice up your yard and have all the neighbors talking.
Many people are not aware of how many options there are when it comes to variety of dogwoods. There are hundreds of cultivars, and we try our best to select the best from each category that will perform well in zone 8. Dogwoods make small, yet stunning specimen trees, and are a staple in the landscape. They prefer well drained soil, rich in organic matter, and slightly acidic. Dogwoods are natural under-story trees, and perform better through filtered sun; although many will adapt to a full sun location if given proper care.
Cloud Nine- This is a very prolific selection of dogwood with showy, white, spring blooms of overlapping petals; glossy dark green foliage in summer; reddish purple leaves in fall; and red berries holding on in the start of winter, giving interest every season. They grow to an average of 15-20ft tall, and tend to have a short trunk with many horizontal branches giving them a moderate globed shape.
Japanese Maples have long been a favorite for gardens throughout the world. There is nothing else quite like a Japanese Maple. They are in a class of their own. Every variety has its own unique beauty and adds elegance to any landscape.
Early blooming flowering trees and shrubs signal, "Spring is Coming!" These are very special plants in the landscape because they set the tone for spring by giving inspiration to an awakening landscape.
Royal Star Magnolia- This magnolia buds and flowers in late winter before it leafs out. Royal Star's are a sign that "Spring is Coming," and can be used as a specimen plant or large hedge. You can keep them full to the ground, or mushroom them by trimming off all lower branches. They grow to an average of 12-18 feet tall by 10-15 feet wide. They tend to create a lot of buzz in the landscape when in full bloom.
It's that time! We've made it through the holidays, and it's already time to start transitioning toward spring. Edibles are going to create some buzz this year. Wise Nurseries is working hard to set the standard for edible plant material in the Southeast. By maintaining high quality at competitive prices, and specializing in varieties that thrive in the Southeast, our trees are sure to please. Plus, most of our edibles come with picture tags with care instructions!
We currently have the nicest crop we've ever grown of apples, pears, peaches, plums and much more. Let's take a tour through some of our edible plant selections...
We have a large selection of properly pruned 15gal Nectarines and Peaches: including Fantasia, Babcock, Elberta, Donut and more. We take the time to properly prune them and keep them vase shaped, low, & well branched with open centers. This method is how the pros do it in the production orchards to allow good sunlight penetration and air flow. This pruning method also lowers pest and disease exposure while producing sweeter fruit that's easier to pick. These trees are ready to make an INSTANT ORCHARD in your back yard!
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