Virtual herbarium

Atriplex confertifolia

Fan (Atriplex)

The plants of the genus Atriplex are highly variable: between 100 and 200 species of herbs and shrubs have been described, which are very tolerant ...
White birch

White birch (Betula alba)

Birch is the quintessential tree known as a deciduous tree. It belongs to the Betuláceas family and loses most of its ...
newly planted small tree

White birch (Betula papyrifera)

Betula papyrifera is the scientific way of naming the plant commonly known by the name of white birch, canoe birch and birch ...
Betula nana is the dwarf birch

Dwarf birch (Betula nana)

You may think that birches are all very large trees, not surprisingly, the vast majority of those that are cultivated are.…
View of the Betula pendula in a garden

Pendulum birch (Betula pendula)

When you want to have a garden in a temperate region, it is important to look for plants that are able to withstand frost. But if we also want ...
The leaves of Betula pubescens are green

Downy birch (Betula pubescens)

Few deciduous trees are as cold hardy as Betula pubescens. In fact, we can find it even in Greenland. Both his bearing and his rhythm ...
The flowers of the Abelia floribunda are pink tubular

Abelia (Abelia floribunda)

Abelia floribunda is a lovely garden shrub. With its small green leaves and its wonderful pink flowers, it is one of those ...
bush in the middle of a garden with white flowers

Abelia (Abelia grandiflora)

Abelia grandiflora consists of a hybrid belonging to the genus Abelia, which is generally cultivated as an ornamental plant, both in pots and ...
Fruits of the Abies koreana

Korean fir (Abies koreana)

The tree known as Abies koreana is a conifer of exceptional beauty, especially suitable for gardens located in the mountains or near ...
Abies grandis leaves

Giant fir (Abies grandis)

The giant fir is one of the conifers that best resists cold, in fact, it is grown only in mountain areas where temperatures ...

Red fir (Picea abies)

The spruce is one of the conifers that we can enjoy in a medium or large garden. It can reach an impressive height, but it is that ...
shrub with yellow flowers and leaves with a kind of white hairs

Caltrop (Tribulus terrestris)

The thistle is a perennial herbaceous species, with climates if you like quite cold, with annual growth that corresponds to its normal life cycle, being ...
Caltrops

Caltrop (Tribulus terrestris)

Today we are going to talk about a plant that is widely used in the world of sports since it is classified as a natural anabolic. It is about…
artemisia abrotanum

Male opener

Today we are going to talk about a type of ornamental plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family and that is native to the area ...
green shrub or thicket called acacia

Acacia (Acacia cyclops)

Today we will talk about the Acacia cyclops, a very interesting shrub from Australia that has spread to various parts of the world, including Spain ...
Acacia saligna in flower

Blue wattle (Acacia saligna)

The Acacia saligna is one of the species of trees or small trees that grows fast (very fast, actually) and that can make you happier ...
View of the leaves and flowers of the Acacia dealbata

Acacia dealbata, the garden mimosa

Acacia dealbata is the most ornamental mimosa, and one of the easiest to care for; in fact, it can be grown in xerogardens due to its low ...
Thorns and leaves of the Acacia karoo

Prickly Acacia (Acacia horrida)

Sometimes, when you have a large farm or garden, you need a plant that, in addition to having a certain ornamental value, can be ...
golden wattle

Acacia pycnantha

Today we are going to talk about a type of plant that is well known and used for its beautiful flowers. It is the Acacia pycnantha. It is commonly ...
Acacia tortilis adult

acacia tortilis

Have you ever wondered what the names and characteristics of the plants that live in savannahs and deserts would be? Yes?…
acalifa leaves

Acalifah

Today we are going to talk about a plant that is highly esteemed for its shrub contribution, its bright colors and its rapid growth that helps us ...
hollyhock with red berries

Acebino (Ilex canariensis)

Do you like Ilex Canariensis? This is also called Acebiño and is a small tree native to the Canary Islands, which also ...
View of the Ilex crenata in a garden

Japanese holly (Ilex crenata)

The Ilex crenata is one of the most interesting shrubs that can be grown in almost any garden. It tolerates pruning very well, which is why ...
Holly

Holly, the Christmas plant

Christmas includes what is the reappearance of Christmas carols, family pictures and also what are the decorations of this time. ...
Sorrel is a very interesting herb to grow

Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)

Sorrel is one of the most common herbs in Europe, found in forests and in shady areas near fresh water sources, ...
tiny white florets sticking out of a bush

Goblet (Oxalis acetosella)

Oxalis acetosella, also known as Hallelujah and Hader, is a long-lasting plant that is part of the Oxalidaceae family. It is…
Acer circinatum leaves

acer circinatum

Maple trees are beautiful trees that have webbed leaves that turn orange, yellowish, or reddish in the fall. But of course, many ...
Acer x freemanii trees

acer freemani

Maple trees are my weakness, and I know many other people's too. If you are one of them, the variety that I am going to ...
acer griseum leaves

Acer griseum

Today we are going to talk about a type of ornamental tree that has flowers native to the central region of China. It is the Acer griseum.…
Acer opalus view

acer opalus

The Acer opalus is one of the few maples that we can find in the south-southwest of Europe. It does not grow much, although it does grow from ...
The Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' is a deciduous tree

Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'

Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' is one of the most appreciated Japanese maple varieties. In general, it does not exceed 4 meters in height, which ...
The Acer palmatum dissectum is a small tree

Acer palmatum var. dissection

The Acer palmatum var. dissectum is a kind of Japanese maple a little different from what we are used to seeing. Its leaves are thinner ...
achimenes straightened

Achimenes

Flowers are one of the parts of the plants that most attract our attention. They come in many shapes, types and colors, and ...
Take care of your cornflower so you can benefit from it

Cornflower, the most striking blue flower

Do you know the cornflower plant? It produces small but incredibly pretty flowers, an intense blue that attracts a lot of attention. It doesn't grow much; in fact,…
Aconite toxicity

Aconite

Just as flowers can be incalculable beauty, they can also be just as dangerous because of their toxicity. This is the case of ...
Acorus gramineus

Acorus (Acorus)

The plants of the genus Acorus are wonderful, because although they are herbaceous and green in color, they have a very interesting ornamental value. And it is that ...
Actinidia chinensis is a climbing plant

actinidia

Actinidia are a genus of plants of great ornamental and, especially, agricultural interest. They can grow as small trees or as climbers, producing flowers of good ...
Andasonia perrieria characteristics

Adansonia perrieri

In this world there are species of trees that have stories that are attributed magical or mysterious properties. The baobab refers to ...
Bupleurum fruticosum

Fireweed (Bupleurum fruticosum)

The oleander, whose scientific name is Bupleurum fruticosum, is a beautiful garden shrub: it produces so many flowers that why they want to hide ...
small yellow flowers stick out of some branches

adenocarpus

The Adenocarpus is a genus of plant that is part of the perennial and deciduous shrubs, which are widely used in gardening, that is ...
Poppy plant

Opium poppy (Papaver somniferum)

The flowers of the Papaver genus are very pretty, but with the poppy you have to be a little careful 🙂. Its cultivation and maintenance ...
Aeonium arboreum

Aeonium arboreum

The Aeonium arboreum is, in all probability, one of the most cultivated succulent plants. Its rosettes of leaves are so decorative that they could well pass ...
canarian aeonium

canarian aeonium

The Aeonium canariense is a beautiful succulent plant whose leaves are so soft in texture that you will not be able to avoid caressing as soon as you pass by ...
Pozsgasok fine

Pozsgasok fine

Aeonium nobile is a highly decorative non-cactus succulent. It is one of the species of the genus that has the largest leaves, something that ...
View of the Aesculus hippocastanum

Aesculus

Aesculus are trees and shrubs with beautiful leaves and flowers that can be grown without problems in the gardens and patios of the regions ...
The Agapanthus is a plant with green leaves

Agapanthus

The Agapanthus are herbaceous plants that, although they do not grow much in height, they form really spectacular groups. In addition, its flowers arise from long stems, and ...
agapanthus is resistant to garden pests

Agapanthus

It only happens with some species but when this happens they must be taken into account because they are those noble plants that are worth having in ...
Rugosa agastache

agastache

Flowers are always a source of happiness in a garden or patio. There is such a variety of shapes and colors that it is very difficult not ...
spiky-leaved plants with thorns

Agave (Agave parryi)

Agave parryi, mezcal or penca belongs to the group of plants characteristic of northern Mexico and southwestern United States. The extreme weather and ...
View of the Agave tequilana

Blue agave (Agave tequilana)

In the world, and especially in Mexico, there is a species of plant that is very popular: the Agave tequilana. Only with the last name already ...
plant in a doorway with very fine lilac or purple flowers

Agerate (Ageratum houstonianum)

To speak of plants and their properties is to refer to a vast and wide world that includes all the flora that surrounds us every day. ...
Flowers of Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Mink'

Agerato, the most striking flower

The Agerato plant, also known as Damasquino, is one of the most cultivated herbs in all the temperate and warm regions of the world. Its curious ...
Red aglaonema is delicate

Aglaonema

Why is it that we are so attracted to tropical plants? They have very decorative leaves, dyed in shades of red, green and yellow, and also ...

Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

The Berberis thunbergii species is one of the most grateful that exist: it resists pruning very well, and as it has small leaves it is ...
Agrimonia eupatoria in habitat

Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria)

There are herbaceous plants that, although at first they seem too common to us, when you get to know them they surprise you ... and for the better, as is the case with Agrimony ...

Agrostis stolonifera

Today we are going to talk about a type of grass that grows mainly in temperate zones and that is well known and appreciated for having ...
Persea americana

Avocado (Persea americana)

The avocado is by far the most cultivated tropical tree in temperate climate regions. Not only are there varieties capable of withstanding frosts up to…
how to get avocado

Hass avocado

Today we are going to talk about one of the most consumed varieties of avocado in the world. It is about the hass avocado. It is also known ...
The ahuehuete is an evergreen conifer

Ahuehuete (Taxodium mucronatum)

The ahuehuete is a surprising conifer. It reaches immense heights, and has a crown capable of casting a very pleasant shade. Although it is not a ...
Savory is a very easy plant to care for

Savory (Satureja montana)

Savory is a fantastic plant that produces a large number of white flowers and also has very interesting medicinal properties. Its easy cultivation and ...
Satureja is a plant with various uses

Savory (Satureja)

Satureja is a plant that can be kept in a pot or in the ground, which is why it is so interesting to grow. What's more,…
the Alder

Black poplar (Populus deltoides)

The extensive gardens with large trees are wonderful. If you have one and you are looking for a species that grows fast and that, in addition, you can ...
General view of Populus nigra

Black poplar (Populus nigra)

Populus nigra is one of the tallest deciduous trees that we can find in much of Europe, as well as in other regions of the ...
alamo tremlon, a tree with beautiful colors

Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Populus tremuloides is a medium-sized deciduous tree that belongs to the Salicaceae family. Commonly known by the name of aspen. I know…
alangium chinense

alangium chinense

When we think of trees, we usually think of large plants, which need a lot of space to grow, but that should not ...

Angel wings (Opuntia microdasys)

Opuntia microdasys is a plant of the Opuntia genus belonging to the Cactaceae family, commonly known as angel wings, polka dot and ear cactus ...
Calamintha sylvatica

Lesser basil (Calamintha sylvatica)

If you like aromatics with beautiful flowers, we recommend giving Calamintha sylvatica a try. Although it is herbaceous, it grows enough to be able to ...
Apricot cultivation

Apricot

One of the most consumed fruits both naturally and in jams is the apricot. Surely you are used to it and eat it often, enjoying ...
View of the flowers of the Albizia julibrissin

Albizia

Albizia are trees and shrubs much loved in gardens, both small and large, that produce brightly colored flowers. In addition, they multiply ...
Gypsophila repens in flower

Alborada, a pretty upholstery plant

The dawn is a perfect herbaceous plant to fill in those gaps that have been left empty in the garden. It grows quickly and resists the cold well, ...
Albuca spiralis

Albuca spiralis, a spiral plant

There are plants that catch our attention just by looking at them, such as Albuca spiralis. His last name already gives us a lot ...
Artichokes are very easy to care for

Artichoke: grow guide

The artichoke is the typical plant that grows almost anywhere without needing much water, and also has very interesting medicinal properties. It is…
The camphor tree is a large tree

Camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora)

The camphor tree is a beautiful tree that is easy to care for and is very long-lived. Its crown is so wide that it provides excellent shade, so ...
View of a magnificent specimen of cork oak or Quercus suber

Cork oak, the cork tree

The cork oak is one of the trees that we can see most in temperate fields and gardens around the world. Its majesty ...
View of basil

Alphabet (Ocimum basilicum)

The plant that I am going to talk to you about in this article is common; in fact, you probably have it yourself in these ...
Alficoz

Alficoz (Cucumis melo flexuosus)

Today we come to talk about another rather curious species that, although it looks like a fruit, it is completely another. It's about the alficoz. Its scientific name is ...
buckwheat

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum Moench)

Today we are going to talk about a kind of buckwheat called buckwheat. Its scientific name is Fagopyrum esculentum Moench. It is also known by other names ...
The sea wallflower is a plant that lives on the beaches

Sea wallflower (Malcolmia littorea)

There are many plants that grow in sandy soil, but finding one that also produces pretty flowers is not always easy. But that with Malcolmia ...
Lavandula dentata is an easy-to-care shrub

Curly lavender (Lavandula dentata)

Lavandula dentata is a perennial subshrub ideal for growing in low maintenance gardens or on patios and terraces. Resists drought, and also ...
black berries emerging from a bush

Privet (Ligustrum vulgare)

Ligustrum vulgare, also known by the common name of Privet, this plant is part of the Oleaceae family and is native to the East, ...
The flowers of the Ligustrum lucidum are white

Arboreal Privet (Ligustrum lucidum)

The Ligustrum lucidum is the perfect tree to plant in confined spaces, as it is beautiful, easy to care for and, most importantly, although it can ...
Privet from Japan

Japan Privet (Ligustrum japonicum)

Some shrubs come in handy to increase the density of our garden. Not only is it important to have showy flowers, but they must also combine with ...
alnus glutinosa

Aliso (Alnus glutinosa)

Today we are going to talk about a fairly long-lived tree that comes from the deciduous forests of northern Europe and Asia. Its about…
The Alnus glutinosa or alder forms forests

Alder (Alnus)

With the name of alder, some thirty species of trees and shrubs are known that are cultivated in practically all temperate regions ...
Alyssum is a magnificent garden plant

Alder (Alyssum)

Plants of the genus Alyssum are very interesting for gardens, especially when you see that you have very few empty spaces; but also…
The Alyssum maritimum is a herbaceous plant

Sea alder (Lobularia maritima)

It is a perfect plant to have on the patio, in a pot or better in a planter so that it can grow better. In summer they sprout ...
Allium ampeloprasum flower is pink

allium ampeloprasum

The Allium ampeloprasum is a plant that, despite the fact that the scientific name does not sound familiar to us, most likely we have ...
Tiny planets

Marcona almond, the most expensive

In Spain, more varieties of almonds of life are cultivated, said great genetic wealth that we have. However, there are five types that are more defined ...
View of Erodium plant in habitat

Musk (Erodium moschatum)

It is always interesting to know the plants that grow in our gardens and / or pots, even if they are not very welcome 😉. We are extremely lucky to ...
Almorta seeds

Grasshopper (Lathyrus sativus)

Pea grass is a fast growing herbaceous that is of great commercial importance due to its delicious edible seeds. But also, its flowers, although ...
The flower of the Lathyrus cicera is red

Mountain Almorta (Lathyrus cicera)

There are herbs that, due to their characteristics, can even go almost unnoticed, but when they bloom they are wonderful, such as the Lathyrus cicera species. Its thin stems ...
elephant ear care

Alocasia amazonica

Alocasia amazonica is the typical plant that you see in a nursery and you want to take home because of how rare and beautiful it is. Without…
Alocasia odora is a plant that has large leaves

alocasia odora

Alocasia odora is a plant with large and somewhat leathery leaves that will look great in your tropical garden. It is also very interesting to decorate ...
Alocasia wentii

Alocasia wentii

Alocasia wentii is a magnificent large-leaved plant that is grown mostly indoors or in tropical gardens. Its maintenance is similar to ...
Aloe arborescens

Aloe arborescens

From the Aloe family and cousin of aloe vera, today we are going to talk about Aloe arborescens. It is one of the two hundred ...
succulent called Aloe marlothii

Mountain Aloe (Aloe marlothii)

Aloe marlothii is one of the plants belonging to succulents that is characterized by its peculiar shape. Unlike other plants, this ...
Aloe polyphylla is a perennial succulent

Spiral Aloe (Aloe polyphylla)

There are many species of aloes, but if there is one that attracts a lot of attention due to its curious spiral shape, it is Aloe polyphylla. I know…
Aloe nobilis plants

Aloe nobilis (Aloe perfoliata)

Plants of the genus Aloe are very interesting non-cacti succulents: some acquire the shape of a tree or tree, others are more herbaceous type, and ...
Aloe variegata is a very decorative plant

Tiger Aloe (Aloe variegata)

Do you like small aloes that can be grown in a pot for a lifetime? So I'm sure what I'm going to tell you about ...

Aloe vera: grow and use guide

It is the most popular succulent plant. Its magnificent healing properties have made it such a beloved plant that in all gardens, patios, balconies ...
Alpinia is a rhizomatous herb

Alpinia: care and varieties

The Alpinia is a genus of plants in the Zingiberaceae family that are grown outdoors in most tropical gardens in the ...
Alternathera phycoidea

Alternanthera

Within the genus Alternanthera we find about 140 species of herbaceous plants native to all the continents of the world. We find tropical plants, plants that need ...
View of lupinus angustifolius

Blue lupine (Lupinus angustifolius)

Plants of the genus Lupinus are wonderful: easy to care for, resist cold ... and produce beautiful flowers. One of the most popular species ...
The poppy is of the genus Papaver and is a wild flower

Poppy (Papaver)

The Papaver are herbs that, although the scientific name may confuse us, in reality I am convinced that everyone, who else who less, has seen ...
Royal poppy flower

Royal poppy (Papaver somniferum)

The royal poppy or opium poppy is a herb well known to all, although perhaps for what it should be known. Its flowers are very ...
Poppies

Poppies: complete file

Poppies are wonderful flowers, of an intense red color, that grow in the fields, on both sides of the road, in the gardens, ...
ambulates

Ambulia (Limnophyla sessiliflora)

Today we are going to talk about an ornamental plant for the creation and decoration of habitats in fish tanks and ponds. It is about ambulia. Its…
ammophila arenaria

ammophila arenaria

One of the plants that we can find in many dunes and drier ecosystems of the Iberian Peninsula is the Ammophila arenaria. Belongs to the…
small white flowers shaped like butterflies

Man's love (Tradescantia fluminensis)

The Tradescantia fluminensis plant is of American origin, specifically from Brazil and Argentina and in fact the epithet fluminensis refers to the city of Rio ...
Amorphophallus konjac has a purple flower

Amorphophallus

The Amorphophallus are plants that do not leave anyone indifferent, well, maybe someone does, but it would be quite curious. And it is that when they bloom ... ...
Huge flower

Amorphophallus titanum

One of the rarest plants in the world and classified as the largest flower in the world is the protagonist of the article by ...
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata

Ampelopsis (Parthenocissus)

Vines are great plants, with which you can have a spectacular garden with little care. There are many genera and species, but the ...
Anagallis Arvensis or Scarlet Pimpernel

Anagallis arvensis: care

In nature we can find a wide variety of plants, each with its own characteristics and properties. Some larger than others, with different ...
Petiveria alliacea plant

Anamu (Petiveria alliacea)

There are plants that produce flowers, but they are very tiny and hardly have ornamental value, but there are others that besides that have very medicinal properties ...
Anchusa is a herbaceous plant with small flowers

anchusa

Plants that are included within the Anchusa genus are great for brightening up a balcony or garden. Its flowers are small, but numerous ...
View of the Oreocereus celsianus

Mountain Elder (Oreocereus celsianus)

The Oreocereus celsianus cactus is one of the most popular in succulent collections and gardens. And it is that, not only supports the temperatures ...
Pieris japonica is a perennial shrub

Andromeda (Pieris japonica)

There are some shrubs that, in appearance, look like ordinary plants, without any attraction, but when you look at the color of their new leaves or ...
Andryala integrifolia is a very ornamental plant

Andryala integrifolia

In the field we can find a great variety of plants that at first may seem the same to us, but if we approach and observe them ...
aquatic plants inside a pond

Cattail (Typha)

There is a plant located on the banks of rivers and lakes that has become a familiar image, being a tall spike with a ...
Pink flower of Anemone coronaria

Anemone (Anemone coronaria)

The plant known by the scientific name of Anemone coronaria is one of the perennial herbs that are most cultivated, due to the beauty of its ...

Anemone (Anemone)

Today we are going to talk about a flower that gives us a wide variety of types of names. It's about the anemone. Its scientific name ...
Angeloia angustifolia is a plant that blooms in spring

Angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia)

There are many herbs that have decorative flowers: one of them is Angelonia angustifolia. This is a beautiful plant that we can plant wherever we want:…
anguloa uniflora potted

Anguloa uniflora

Orchids are very pretty plants with great ornamental value. They need some more difficult care to carry out, but it is worth it if ...
Bastard chamomile properties

anthemis arvensis

Today we are going to talk about a wild plant that has medicinal properties and is quite well known. It is the Anthemis arvensis. Your name…
Anthemis tinctoria

Anthemis tinctoria

There are herbaceous plants that look so much alike that it's no wonder we've given them the same common name. It's what happens with ...
Anthurium is a tropical herbaceous plant

Anthurium

Plants of the genus Anthurium are very beautiful, so much so that they are often not only at home, but also in ...
The Anthurium andreanum is a houseplant

anthurium andreanum

Anthurium andreanum is one of the most cultivated anthurium species, if not the most, especially indoors. As it is very sensitive ...
Anthurium or Anthurium, is a genus of American tropical herbaceous plants

Anthurium (Anthurium)

The Anthurium or Anthurium, is a genus of American tropical herbaceous plants, comprising approximately 825 species of the Arum family (Araceae). The name of the…
The fruits of the Apollonias barbujana are similar to olives

Barbujana Apollonias

To this day, an endless number of genera and species of all kinds of plants are known. One of them is the Apollonias barbujana, ...
Achillea millefolium plant flowers

Aquilea: all about them

Aquilea are herbaceous and sub-shrubby plants that, living for several years, are highly recommended to have in gardens that urgently need more ...
bell-shaped and lilac flowers

Aquilegia

Do you know the world of aquilegia? This is a genus of plants that includes more than 60 species and it is about plants that ...
Aquilegia vulgaris is easy to care for

Aquilegia vulgaris

Aquilegia vulgaris is a very, very decorative plant. It produces a large number of bluish or white flowers that attract a lot of attention. Plus, it's easy ...

Araceae

The Araceae family comprises about 100 genera and more than 3000 species, including many very common indoor plants. They are monocots, but they have ...
Araguaney

Araguaney

The yellow and orange color of deciduous trees are pure beauty for a forest. They convey many feelings and inspiration to many ...

Araliaceae

The Araliaceae family is made up of about 50 genera and a little less than 1000 species, in which there are plants as common as ...
predatory wolf spider

Wolf spider

The wolf spider is a very useful insect to take care of the pests of our crops. It is an animal with a cycle of ...
blue color flower close up view

Spider mite (Nigella damascena)

Nigella damascena is an annual plant that grows in fields and pastures that are stony or with a sandy texture. Its origin corresponds ...
huge tree called Araucaria bidwillii and a lady next to it

Araucaria (Araucaria bidwillii)

  The Araucaria bidwillii is an exemplary tree species that is worth knowing. Not only because it has been used by aborigines for ...
The mahogany tree is big

Mahogany tree (Swietenia)

For anyone who has a little knowledge in relation to wood and the quality of this material, knows in advance and of ...
Peruvian Thevetia

Ayoyote tree (Thevetia peruviana)

Thevetia peruviana is a perfect shrub for warm and mild temperate climates, why? Because it is a plant that takes the shape of a tree and ...
forest full of Hevea Brasiliensis

Rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis)

Does the name of Hevea brasiliensis seem familiar to you? You have probably never heard it in your life, unless you study botany or related careers. Without…
The Cercis canadensis is very striking for its abundant and delicate pink flowers.  During the months of April and May it offers a beautiful spring show that resembles an illustration from a fairy tale.  These easy-to-grow and maintain trees offer excellent landscaping to behold.  Being a shrub or small tree, it is easy to care for and very noble.  The structure of the branches and the shape of the leaves makes it combine perfectly with temperate climates.  This small tree is ideal for growing north of the equator.  Origin and characteristics of Cercis Canadensis Cercis canadensis is a species of tree in the Fabaceae family.  The place of origin of this species is Eastern North America.  It ranges from Ontario in Canada to Florida in the United States and species is even known east of Mexico.  This tree is also known by the names of redbud or Canada redbud, eastern redbud, and Judas tree.  The word Cercis has its origin in ancient Greek whose meaning is redbud.  Canadensis is the epithet that obviously refers to where it comes from, Canada.  Characteristics This is a small tree or large shrub that can grow to between 6 and 9 meters tall.  Its branches spread between 8 and 10 meters and at ten years of age it can be approximately five meters high with a trunk with twisted characteristics and dark bark.  The branches are spread in a zigzag and are thin black in color.  The stem and branches go through a range of chestnut, reddish, brown and black colors depending on the maturation of the plant.  The leaves are heart-shaped, 7 to 12 cm broad.  The texture is paper thin with hairy, while they are young, when fully developed they are smooth dark green.  In autumn the color of the leaves is light yellow and bright.  The flowers of this tree are very showy, its color is magenta pink and there are even white, violet and lavender.  They appear in the form of clusters of four or eight flowers between March and May.  The flowers have five petals with a bell-shaped dark red calyx.  It has ten stamens and the pistil is a superior ovary that is pollinated by long-tongued bees.  The fruit is small and flat, containing small elliptical 6 mm brown seeds that ripen between August and October.  Cultivation Cercis canadensis is a simple tree or shrub to plant and maintain.  The first thing to do is find a good location for them.  Its adaptability allows it to tolerate direct sun especially during winter and light shade is very good in summer.  The younger the tree, the easier it will be to transplant it.  It is preferable to purchase it in a nursery located in the same area where it will be planted since it will be acclimated to the conditions.  Cercis prefers loose, well-draining soils, so sand or coarse grains can be added.  Fertilizer is not necessary.  The next step is to dig a hole four times the diameter of the root, the depth of which is equal to the height of the root.  Then the tree should be placed as upright as possible, adding a little soil and then a lot of water, after the soil has absorbed the water, the rest of the soil is placed.  Finally, it is watered again and a mulch that can be bark chips is placed to retain moisture.  Maintenance It is important to ensure that the roots are kept moist and drained.  It can tolerate droughts, but for very short periods.  Pruning is done in late fall or late spring when you no longer have flowers.  Diseased wood, old branches and those that are growing interwoven or too bent are eliminated.  Never prune more than 25% of the tree.  The judas tree does not require fertilizers because this tree can absorb nitrogen on its own.

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