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Standout Tree Selections

Trees like magnolias and oaks have been gracing Southern gardens for centuries. Today, gardeners can look for modern updates on these classic trees.

'D.D. Blanchard' is a stately Southern magnolia cultivar that features large dark green leaves with coppery undersides, and produces spectacular blooms.

The live oak cultivar 'Cathedral' has an upright form and offers a full, dense canopy. Another good cultivar, 'Park Side', has a broader form. Both have strong central leaders and are nice trees for larger yards.

A wonderful flowering tree for Florida gardens is the 'Natchez' crapemyrtle. It has lovely cinnamon-brown bark and blooms all summer long with clusters of white flowers.

Check with your local garden center to find a standout tree for your landscape.


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