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Majestic Ash: The Best Shade Tree For Your Home

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 2/23/2017

Majestic Ash Is A Fantastic Shade Tree

The Amazing Benefits Of The Majestic Ash

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Shade trees have so many beneficial qualities that it's hard to keep track of them all. They can clean the air, mark seasonal changes, lower electric bills, increase your property value, add stunning beauty to a dull spot. The list could go on! As we enter a new season, many of our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries are already planning ahead for ways to escape from warmer days and we always direct them to our beautiful Majestic Ash.

Majestic.pngThe Majestic Ash, Fraxinus uhdei 'Majestic', is a grafted cultivar that is grown specially by Moon Valley Nurseries for decades. Because we own all of our farms where we grow our trees and shrubs, our arborists have been able to develop a premium specimen that produces no seeds and is super easy to grow.

When it comes to shade, this is the ideal tree for our region. If you're expecting and hoping for a large canopy of shade to provide a play area for your children or for a way to escape the afternoon sun you will not be disappointed in the Majestic Ash. It has a formal upright growth rate that allows it to be planted as a focal point or in a row if your seeking additional privacy as well. The classic, larger-leaved unique green foliage compliments the canopy as well with its dense growth. Minimal light will pass through this tree, which allows many of our homeowners to plant colorful partial-sun shrubs underneath the tree that will be protected from the sun.

Majestic-Ash-Close-Up.pngYou're probably thinking, 'Isn't the foliage green. How could that be unique?" What makes the Majestic Ash unique, is that its foliage is a bright and shiny. That combination with the larger leaves and soft appearance provides a dynamic pop in any landscape that really stands out against other green trees and shrubs. This tree will not blend into the landscape which in turn has made it such a popular choice for our customers who are looking to add additional trees to their landscapes.

Another amazing benefit of this tree is its ability to thrive in our region, where Ash trees from other nurseries have struggled. The Moon Valley Nurseries Majestic Ash can handle full sun, is tolerant of our difficult soil, hardy to both cold and heat, and more importantly, once established these amazing trees can become a water wise tree. That's great news for those looking to cut back on their environmental footprint.

If we still haven't convinced you of the Majestic Ash's amazing benefits above, consider this. Many of our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries have seen a increase in their property value and a decrease in their utility costs when they plant a giant shade tree on their property. What makes the Majestic Ash an ideal shade tree for this combination is its minimal maintenance and ability to keep its foliage throughout the year. No need to constantly be pruning and caring for this tree. 

Because we are the growers, we are grantee that we have an ideal and perfectly sized Majestic Ash for your home. In addition, we have been custom growing premium specimen trees for decades all across Southern California throughout the Desert Southwest and have perfected the proper growing technique to assure the customer is always getting a top quality tree for the best value. The Moon Valley Nurseries Majestic Ash is a grafted cultivar that is grown specially by our nursery pro for decades. What makes these trees even more spectacular is they do not produce a seed thanks to the expert growing process.

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you

Topics: Monthly Tips

Top Trees For Red Flowers in Spring And Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 2/14/2017

PLANT NOW FOR BEAUTIFUL Red FLOWERS THIS SPRING AND SUMMER

Lemon Bottlebrush, Crape Myrtle, Oleander, and more

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Flowering trees are one of the best signs that the spring season is here. Fortunately for us, our climate allows us to plant a wide range of flowering trees from all over the United States and the world that produce purple, white, yellow, red, and pink flowers not just in the spring but in the summer as well.

Be sure to check out our other blog posts on the best.....

Click Here To See The Best Trees For White Flowers

Click Here To See The Best Trees For Purple Flowers 
As part of an ongoing series, our nursery professionals will be identifying the best flowering trees for a specific color. This week we are looking at the best flowering trees that produce beautiful red blooms. Check back next week for flowering trees with yellow blooms!

Crape-Myrtle-9.pngCrape Myrtle
The
Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is our favorite and it is the #1 selling flowering tree at Moon Valley Nurseries due to its ability to offer something for every season. The spring season is when this tree really shines with its large clusters of flowers (think football size) that cover the entire tree. The blooms are long and can last until late summer. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree as a single-trunk or multi-trunk. In addition, the Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else. Back to the "something for every season", the Crape Myrtle can also be used as a shade tree in the summer and in the fall the foliage turns a showy bright orange. When it comes to a 'wow' factor in your landscape, this is the tree for you. 

Bottlebrush-4.pngLemon Bottlebrush Tree
Named for its bright crimson bottlebrush shaped flowers, the Bottlebrush tree (Callistemon citrinus) is a perfect fit for our region. There are two aspects that make the Bottlebrush a fantastic choice.  It's ability to crate a massive amount of year-round shade, because its an evergreen, and its red flowers that have a lemony scent to them. Pollinators, especially butterflies and hummingbirds love this tree. Now, don't let the graceful appearance of this tree throw you off. The Bottlebrush is one of the hardiest trees around. It is drought tolerant and it can handle both cold and heat. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree in tree form or as a shrub for a colorful privacy wall. 

Oleadner-4.pngOleander
These trees just love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree for your landscape. The Oleander, Nerium oleander) displays a long lasting bloom that comes in clumps of red, white, and pink. The blooms are vibrant may extend into the wilder winter months. Ideally planted in groups or rows, the Oleander is a great tree for our customers who are seeking privacy hedges, area screens, and property border because of the trees ability to keep a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year. We offer tree and shrubs versions of the Oleander at Moon Valley Nurseries.

African-Tulip.pngAfrican Tulip Tree (California only)
This fast growing, large evergreen adds a touch of beauty to any home. The African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata) produces large tulip shaped flowers in a circular pattern that looks like a large sunflower. Birds, butterflies and pollinators are attracted to the bloom, creating a natural habitat teeming with small wildlife. African Tulip Trees tend to perform better in areas where is doesn't get as hot in the summer. This tree is commonly seen throughout the coastal and inland areas from San Diego, Orange County, and up to Hollywood. If you love the tropics, this is the perfect tree for your yard. We offer a variety of sizes at Moon Valley Nurseries and  a larger African Tulip tree will provide a good amount of shade to add some relief during those hot spring and summer months.

New-Zealand-Chrismtas-Tree.pngNew Zealand Christmas Tree (California only)
The New Zealand Christmas Tree, Metrosideros excelsa, is a beautiful medium to large tree that can bring vibrant color and shade to any landscape. Homeowners looking to add color to their landscape will love the beautiful, showy dark red flowers that bloom in late spring. When in bloom, this New Zealand Christmas Tree will feature vibrant dark red flower clusters that create a dramatic and beautiful contrast with the dark green foliage. The strikingly beautiful, bottlebrush-like, wiry flowers attract a variety of pollinators into your garden. The New Zealand Christmas Tree is both heat and cold tolerant.

Now that you know the best red flowering trees for our region, be sure to check back next week to see the best trees for yellow flowers. If you have any questions on any of the trees, submit a comment below or be sure to speak to any of our nursery pros at any of our locations, which you can map right here! Hope to see you soon.

Topics: Flowering Trees

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (February)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 2/8/2017

Tips from our nursery pros for a perfect FebruAry landscape

Ficus, California Pepper, Carolina Cherry, and more

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Trees are starting the flower out, stone fruit blooms are on full display, the aroma of citrus is starting to fill the air, and our friendly pollinators are all over our landscapes. Yes, the spring season is here! If you have been thinking about planting in your landscape, we cannot say how right now is the absolute best time to plant everything.

It's crucial that you plant before the hot summer days set in. Do you want shade? Plant it now. Do you want flowers? Plant it now. Don't wait too long or you will have to wait until next year to have that dream landscape. As we do every month, our nursery professionals have listed a few tips and chores for your landscape and they have also listed the top trees and shrubs to plant this month!

Love flowers? Click Here To See The Best Trees For Purple Flowers  Click Here To See The Best Trees For White Flowers

It's crucial that you plant before the hot summer days set in. Do you want shade? Plant it now. Do you want flowers? Plant it now. Don't wait too long or you will have to wait until next year to have that dream landscape. As we do every month, our nursery professionals have listed a few tips and chores for your landscape and they have also listed the top trees and shrubs to plant this month!

  • Control Your Weeds: Weeds are young and tender right now and it is a smart idea to remove them before they become established with pre-emergent. No one wants to pull weeds in the summer once it's hot outside. Using pre-emergent now will keep your yard weed free. Moon Valley Nursery stocks all of the things you will need for your weed prevention plan at our locations.
  • Fertilizers: Everything in our landscapes is in growing season mode and you can help give them a boost with an all-purpose fertilizer from Moon Valley Nurseries. We're talking palms, shade trees, evergreen trees, flowering trees, and fruit and citrus trees. We have solutions for everything in your landscape, plus fertilizers that promote vigorous growth, plus fertilizers that can help anything on your landscape recover from any winter related stress. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online
  • Watering: With the thermometer starting to side, it is now a good time to adjust your watering schedule. In spring, you will want to slightly increase  frequency of watering. However, make sure you are always deep watering and allowing time for the soil to dry-out between waterings. You can download our  Winter Watering Guide to help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Mulch: The temperature isn't hot now, but it will be and it's always a good idea to prepare your landscape with some mulch. Adding a few inches of mulch can help keep your soil cool during the warmer summer months and warm during the cooler days. 
  • Vegetable Gardens: Right now is a great time to plant in the garden. Great options for this time of year include peppers, jalapenos tomatoes, potatoes, artichokes, cilantro, broccoli, and lettuce. 

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month


Evergreen-Ash-1.pngEvergreen Ash
The Shamel Ash, also known as the ‘Evergreen Ash’, (Fraxinus Udhei) is a great solution for just about any landscape that needs a large, fast-growing shade tree. The classic, larger-leaved, green foliage is attractive and compliments just about any landscape. Shamel Ash is generally grown in parks, commercial areas, and large landscapes. The Shamel Ash is simple to grow and always results in a perfect, park style shape with minimal pruning and maintenance.



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Our customers are always looking for two things. Year-round shade and minimal maintenance. Seems like you'd never find this perfect combination, but it exists and it is called the Indian Laurel, also known as the Ficus nitida. Our #1 selling tree tree can block out the sun or unwanted views in no time. It is a very fast growing tree with a growth pattern is tall and wide, creating a massive umbrella-shaped canopy of shade. They handle the heat very well and can be pruned to any shape. We offer three different variations of Ficus: Single-trunk, multi-trunk, and column. Because these trees are so clean, you can plant them anywhere. Even next to a pool! If you're looking for shade, this is the tree for you.

Brazilian-Pepper-4.pngBrazilian Pepper
Finding a tree that has both year-round shade and color can be tough, but at Moon Valley Nurseries we have the Brazilian Pepper, Schinus terebinthefolius, for those seeking a little something different. Tough with the ability to adapt to many environments, the Brazilian Pepper is an eye-catching evergreen that is known for its thick foliage and shiny red berries. In the spring, it produces showy clusters of white flowers which are followed by small red peppercorns throughout the fall.

 

Cali-Pepper.pngCalifornia Pepper
The California Pepper is a fantastic accent tree that is a favorite for the massive shade it produces, weeping graceful appearance and exfoliating trunk. The California Pepper is an evergreen with an open spreading canopy that can handle the hot and cold months. One of the best aspects of this tree is that once it becomes established, it has very minimal water requirements. The trunk is gray when the tree is younger but as it gets older the trunk will peel exposing the red-inner wood.

 

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No, this isn't a giant carrot! The name comes from the similar appearance the Carrotwood (Cupaniopsis anacardioides) has to those tasty root vegetables we all love so much! The Carrotwood is a fantastic evergreen that features an attractive looking smooth-like multi-trunk or single-trunk. It is extremely hardy and it provides year-round shade and it tolerates heat, drought, and poor soil. Its growth pattern is upright and formal looking. A fantastic tree for any landscape.

 


Flowering-Pear-4.pngFlowering Pear
If you have been searching for year-round color, we search has finally come to an end. The Flowering pear, Pyrus Calleryana, is a tree for every season, starting in early spring when snow-white blooms cover this entire tree. And when we say cover, we mean it! After the spring bloom, attractive oval shaped leaves provide excellent shade relief in the summer and in the fall, the leaves go from a glossy dark green to a rich, purple/red color in the fall. This tree displays every season and it is a wonderful addition to any landscape. It's a moderate to fast grower and it is easy to take care of.

carolina-cherry.jpgCarolina Cherry
The Carolina Cherry, prunus caroliniana 'Compacta', we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries is far superior to what you will find at other nurseries. The variety we offer is denser allowing homeowners to plant these for a privacy wall. Our Carolina Cherry's are less woody and they are non-invasive. It loves the heat and as an evergreen, they require minimal maintenance clean up. It is both drought and heat tolerant.

 

Purple-LEaf.pngPurple Leaf Plum
This is perhaps the most unique tree of our list and that is due to its purple foliage. Quickly becoming a must-have for many homeowners, the Purple Leaf Plum produces magnificent blooms of puffy pink flowers in the early spring that give way to a deep-purple foliage that lasts for the majority of the year. Many homeowners plant these trees in groups or in accent locations to really make the purple color pop. It's cold and heat tolerant and as an ornamental tree, the Purple Leaf Plum produces no fruit.

Cape-Honeysuckle.pngCape Honeysuckle
This drought tolerant flowering shrub blooms abundantly from the fall through the spring and is agreat addition to any desert landscape seeking beautiful colors of bright orange trumpet-shaped blooms. The Orange Cape Honeysuckle, Tecoma capensis, can be trimmed as a medium to large bushes or hedges, and are frequently used as vines to cover posts or fences.

 



Indian.pngIndian Hawthorn
Indian Hawthorn, Raphiolepis indica) are dark green shrubs that produce large clusters of small pink flowers in mid spring. Naturally, a mounding shrub whose width and height are proportionate. They can be trimmed formally or grown naturally. Flowers lead to purple berries in fall and winter. Prune right after blooming to prevent berries.

 


Rosemary.pngRosemary
We offer two varieties of Rosemary at Moon Valley Nurseries. Trailing Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus') and Upright Rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalus). Both of these are wonderful options for our region and when they bloom in early spring they explode with blooms attracting many of our pollinating friends. As an evergreen, it will keep its foliage all year long and it can handle full sun.

 

 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you

Topics: Monthly Tips

Top Trees For White Flowers In Spring And Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 2/2/2017

Plant Now For Beautiful White Flowers This Spring and summer

Magnolia, Crape Myrtle, Japanese Privet, and more

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Flowering trees are one of the best signs that the spring season is here. Fortunately for us, our climate allows us to plant a wide range of flowering trees from all over the United States and the world that produce purple, white, yellow, red, and pink flowers not just in the spring but in the summer as well.

Click Here To See The Best Trees For Purple Flowers 
As part of an ongoing series, our nursery professionals will be identifying the best flowering trees for a specific color. This week we are looking at the best flowering trees that produce beautiful white blooms. Check back next week for flowering trees with red blooms!

Flowering-Pear-4.pngFlowering Pear
The Flowering Pear (Purus calleryana) is a wonderful tree that does a great job showcasing each season. At the beginning of the year, the flowering pear produces a massive display of snow-white flowers that cover the entire tree. After it blooms out, it produces oval-shaped leaves that go from a glossy dark green in the summer to a rich, purple-red color in the fall. The flowering pear is a moderate to fast grower that can tolerate full sun. An ornamental tree, Flowering Pears produces a thick, umbrella-shaped canopy that not only has a fantastic color but also provides an abundance of shade.

Magnolia-3.pngMagnolia
Magnolia's (Magnolia Little Gem | Magnolia 'D.D. Blanchard' | Southern Magnolia | Teddy Bear Magnolia | Greenback Southern Magnolia | Samuel Sommer Magnolia) are a popular choice our customers at Moon Valley Nurseries. Many are drawn to the magnolia's softball-sized and fragrant white flowers, which are truly breathtaking. The flowers bloom throughout the summer and fall and they attract many of our pollinating friends. Now, the flowers aren't the only thing that makes the Magnolia a popular tree for our region. Many of our customers love the attractive glossy leaves and the Magnolia's ability to produce a thick canopy for summer shade relief. Magnolia are are super easy to grow and they can handle even the hottest of summer days.

Crape-Myrtle-8.pngCrape Myrtle
The Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is our favorite and it is the #1 selling flowering tree at Moon Valley Nurseries due to its ability to offer something for every season. The spring season is when this tree really shines with its large clusters of flowers (think football size) that cover this entire tree. The blooms are long and can last until late summer. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree as a single-trunk or multi-trunk. In addition, the Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else. Back to the "something for every season", the Crape Myrtle can also be used as a shade tree in the summer and in the fall the foliage turns a showy bright orange.

Privet-2.pngJapanese Privet
Many of our customers look for trees that require minimal maintenance and our nursery pros always show every customer the beautiful Japanese Privet (Ligustrum japonicum). This fast growing evergreen provides both year-round shade and big seasonal color. In the late spring, fragrant white flowers bloom in large clusters, creating an attractive scene. If you love hummingbirds, you will love this tree. You will see hummingbirds and other pollinators attracted to the beautiful flowers of the Japanese Privet. The Japanese Privet is a great choice for those looking for year-round shade as well.

Oleadner-3.pngOleander
These trees just love the hot summer months, which makes them an ideal flowering tree for your landscape. The Oleander tree displays a long lasting bloom that may extend into the wilder winter months. Ideally planted in groups or rows, the Oleander is a great tree for our customers who are seeking privacy hedges, area screens, and property border because of the Oleadner's ability to keep a thick coat of dark green leaves throughout the year.

 

Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruits, Lime, And Apple Trees
Our climate is ideal for growing your own homegrown food and oranges , lemons, grapefruits, limes, and apple trees are some of the best and easiest to grow. In early spring, beautiful white flowers emerge producing a lovely citrus fragrance that will fill the springtime air. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing all of our own citruses for decades and have developed custom root stock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and plentiful harvest. Rootstock for citrus trees is extremely important as they can be grafted with nearly anything and many growers will use inferior rootstocks so the trees will grow faster. Moon Valley Nurseries takes no short cuts! We only grow trees from our most premium specimens so you are always guaranteed to get the best-tasting fruit.

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Now that you know the best white flowering trees for our region, be sure to check back next week to see the best trees for red flowers. If you have any questions on any of the trees, submit a comment below or be sure to speak to any of our nursery pros at any of our locations, which you can map right here! Hope to see you soon.

Topics: Flowering Trees

Top 5 Stone & Soft Fruit Trees To Plant Right Now

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/27/2017

Plant Now for a Fruitful Harvest this Season

Stone Fruit, Soft Fruit, Nuts Trees and More!

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There are few moments better than being able to walk outside your home to pluck a juicy stone or soft fruit straight from your tree at peak ripeness. The juiciness, the sweetness, and the color are far superior from what you will find at your local grocery store.

If you want this, then DO NOT miss out on the absolute best time of the year to plant these stone and soft fruits. It's the perfect time of year as the stone and soft fruits have not flowered out yet. Get them planted before they flower out and you'll be enjoying some homegrown food this year. Do not miss out on this opportunity. The next time will be next year. Don't wait another 12 months to have your own homegrown food. Act now before it's too late. 

We cannot stress the importance of planting these stone and soft fruits right now if you are wanting and hoping to have your own homegrown fruit this year. Still on the fence? Check out our varieties and the beautiful flowers they produce. 

All varieties are available in your state unless noted. Click on the name for more info. 


Peach

Varieties we offer: Desert Gold, Florida Prince, and May Pride (Babcock - California only)
Plums
Varieties we offer: Santa Rosa
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Apricots
Varieties we offer: Gold Kist, Katy, and Royal
Nectarines
Varieties we offer: Desert Delight, Double Delight
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Apples
Varieties we offer:  Anna, Dorsett, Fuji, and Beverly Hills
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On top of the juicy fruit that is feet from your home, check out the other benefits below!

Stunning flowers with a sweet smell
When stone and soft fruit trees flower out they are breathtaking...and we're not just talking a few flowers here and there. The entire tree flowers out producing eye-catching flowers that are sure to turn heads. The flowers also produce a sweet aroma that is intoxicating and lovely to be around.

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No pesticides
Unless you're asking questions, chances are that you have no idea what chemicals were used on the store bought fruit you have brought home for a snack. By growing your own homegrown food, you will be able to be in control of what your feed and fertilize your tree with. 

Don't have to leave the house
We like to think being 10 feet from your stone or soft fruit tree is a million times better than driving to the store in traffic for, let’s say, a single peach.

Custom root stock
Stone and soft fruit have been cultivated for centuries. Take the peach for example. Native to Northern China, it has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years! Because of this, there are many peach and other stone and soft fruit varieties all over the world. Unfortunately, not all of these perform well in our climate. At Moon Valley Nurseries, owner Les Blake and his grandfather began growing custom stone and soft fruit trees more than 50 years ago. Over the years, Les and his grandfather have developed custom root stock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit and a plentiful harvest. Moon Valley Nurseries has taken the guesswork out and we only carry the best varieties for our area. 

Right now is the best time to plant these stone and fruit trees. If you have been wanting, and hoping, and longing for your own homegrown food. Do not delay. Come visit one of our nursery locations and talk to the Moon Valley Nurseries pros about our stone and soft fruit varieties below. 

If you have any questions on any of the stone or soft fruit trees, submit a comment below or be sure to speak to any of our nursery pros at any of our locations, which you can map right here! Hope to see you soon.

Topics: Homegrown Fruit and Citrus Trees

Top Trees For Purple Flowers In Spring And Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/26/2017

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Flowering trees are one of the best signs that the spring season is here. Fortunately for us, our climate allows us to plant a wide range of flowering trees from all over the United States and the world that produce purple, white, yellow, red, and pink flowers not just in the spring but in the summer as well.

View all of our flowering tree varieties right here --->  Flowering Tree Varieties

As part of an ongoing series, our nursery professionals will be identifying the best flowering trees for a specific color. This week we are looking at the best flowering trees that produce beautiful purple blooms. Check back next week for flowering trees with white blooms!

Crape-3.pngCrape Myrtle
The Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is our favorite and it is the #1 selling flowering tree at Moon Valley Nurseries due to its ability to offer something for every season. The spring season is when this tree really shines with its large clusters of flowers (think football size) that cover this entire tree. The blooms are long and can last until late summer. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer this tree as a single-trunk or multi-trunk. In addition, the Crape Myrtle trees grown at Moon Valley Nurseries are superior thanks to mildew resistance, which you will not find anywhere else. Back to the "something for every season", the Crape Myrtle can also be used as a shade tree in the summer and in the fall the foliage turns a showy bright orange.

Jacaranda-7.pngJacaranda
When it comes to a combination of eye-catching flowers and a stunning shade tree, look no further than the Jacaranda (mimosifolia). These trees originate from Brazil and are admired for their beautiful and vibrant purple blooms in mid to late spring. The Jacaranda trees we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries are fast growing allowing many homeowners to plant these in areas where shade is desired. The growth pattern in upright and layered giving it a “light” look in your landscape while also providing much-needed shade where it is desired. The flowers come in large clusters of showy-tubular like purple flowers that dot the tree all over. Though soft in appearance, the Jacaranda is both cold and hot hardy and in time will become drought tolerant once established.

Vitex-4.pngVitex
This stunning multi-trunk tree is a favorite for its unique purple blooms on long spikes that form at every growth tip during the late spring and into the summer. The flowering spikes on the Vitex (agnus-castus) are a favorite for our pollinating friends like hummingbirds and butterflies. In addition to the stunning flowers, the trunk of the tree is always overlooked which is unfortunate because the twisted and tangled growth pattern gives this tree a statuesque appearance in any landscape. This tree loves the full sun and in the winter the leaves turn a golden yellow color.

Orchid.pngOrchid
Yes, Orchid trees grow in our climate and they are absolutely amazing trees. Large hand-sized flowers and rounded light green two-lobed leaves gives this tree such a unique look in any landscape. Originating from Asia, the Orchid produces massive blooms of flowers in the spring and in mature trees in the fall. These trees can also be planted to shade use and they perform great all-year long. We offer two varieties of orchid trees at Moon Valley Nurseries. The Hong Kong Orchid (Bauhinia blakeana) and the Purple Orchid (Bauhinia purpurea).

 

 

Texas-Mountain-Laurel.pngTexas Mountain Laurel
Perhaps the most unique tree on the list, the Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora) represents everything you want in a flowering tree. Beautiful and long-lasting blooms that produce wonderful aroma, which is what makes it so unique. In the spring, the Texas Mountain laurel produces large clusters or flowers that have a strong aroma to them. Similar to grape juice or juicy fruit gum. And yes, we are serious! That is what it smells like. These trees require minimal maintenance and pruning and they never lose their leaves. They are slow growing and are best when planted in accent locations.

Now that you know the five best purple flowering trees for our region, be sure to check back next week to see the best trees for white flowers. If you have any questions on any of the trees, submit a comment below or be sure to speak to any of our nursery pros at any of our locations, which you can map right here! Hope to see you soon.

Topics: Flowering Trees

Landscaping With Succulents in Southern California

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/13/2017

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Contrasting colors, unique growth patterns, and minimal maintenance have made succulents a popular choice for homeowners looking to add a little something different to their landscapes.

Our region is an ideal growing area for succulents and  consider these succulents below if you're looking to turn a dull area into a carpet of unique color.

Succulent Requirements

Water
While all succulents have minimal, and we mean minimal water requirements, they are still like every other living thing on this Earth and will require water throughout the year. When it comes to watering, it is important to deep water to keep the soil moist but never soggy. Succulents do not like that. Also, allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. The more established your succulents become, the less water they will require.

Soil
Well-drained soil is a must for all succulents. Like we mentioned in the water requirements above, succulents like the soil to be moist, but never soggy. Standing water is not ideal for succulents and can possibly kill your succulent.

Light
Succulents absolutely love the sun and need the sun to grow. However, because our region is quite big some areas can experience very hot summers. Now this doesn’t mean you cannot landscape with succulents. If just means that you need to provide some protection from the sun with afternoon shade.

Blue-Fingers.pngBlue Fingers
The color blue is quite rare when it comes to color on our landscape. This is why the Blue Fingers, also known as Blue Chalk Sticks, are becoming a popular choice for homeowners in our region. The Blue Fingers is a slow growing succulent, but in time it can form a “carpet” look if you’re looking to block out part of your landscape. The leaves are pencil thin and they grow upwards creating a jagged-like look.

 

 

Fire-Sticks.pngStick of Fire
This is one of the most unique succulents we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries. The color and the structure of this specimen looks as if the coral reef has been transplanted to your landscapes. Stick of Fire grow from the trunk of the succulent and protrude out in many directions. They maintain their green and orange color throughout the year and the tips turn a fiery red in the winter. It is really a sight to see. They can grow to the size of a medium shrub and can be planted in containers as well.

 

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Echeveria are a genus of about 100 species of succulents. These drought-tolerant perennials typically grow in clusters and their colors can range from green, purple, pink, red, and orange. Even though there are 100 species, they all have a similar rosette growth pattern. Fantastic options to plant in the yard and in containers with other plants. They also look fantastic as table Center pieces.

 

 

Aeonium-Purple-Queen.pngAeonium Purple Queen
While the majority of succulents tend to stay close to the ground, the Aeonium ‘Purple Queen’ is one that will grow 3-4 feet tall if you’re looking to add a little something different. This beautiful plant has large purple leaves with a light green and tight rosette center. The purple color will become darker with age, giving it an appealing two-tone color.

 

 

Elephants-food.pngElephant’s Food
If all these colors are a tad too much and if you’re looking for something more traditional in color, consider the Elephant’s Food. This sprawling succulent is a wonderful option for any landscape with its beautiful red-brown stems and glossy green leaves. It can be planted in the grown or in containers. For added affect, plant in a hanging basket. They can be easily pruned and require minimal water.

 

 

Be sure to talk to any of the nursery pros at Moon Valley Nurseries about a free landscape design with succulents. We have a solution for every landscape and our pros are experts at helping all of our customers reach their landscape goals. Map a Moon Valley Nursery location near you today.

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Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (January)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/11/2017

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The New Year is here and let's kick it off by taking better care of our landscapes throughout 2017. To help homeowners prepare for the colder temperatures, our nursery professionals have compiled a to-do list as well as their recommendations for planting this month.

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To Do List:

  • Winter Watering: We are still in the winter season and if you have not adjusted your watering schedule you will want to do it ASAP. In the winter months, you will want to cut back on the frequency of watering. However, make sure you are always deep watering and allowing time for the soil to dry out between waterings. You can download our   Winter Watering Guide  to help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Fertilization: The material in our landscapes is quite active during the winter months. Top growth slows down, but underground where the roots are, there is a lot of growth. That is beacsue the ground stays warmer allowing our trees and shrubs the ability to work on their root development. Fertilizing everything from your palms, shade trees, citrus, fruit, flowering trees, and even your dormant trees gives them all a boost to push through the winter and turn that into explosive growth in the spring. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online.
  • Vegetable Gardens: The winter is a great time to be planting your veggies. Our cold weather vegetables are going to be things like cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, peas, spinach and everyone's favorite tomatoes and jalapenos! These should all be started now and fertilized once a month while they are growing. These need to be watered regularly and given a chance to dry out in between each watering cycle. This helps them to develop good strong roots through post production.
  • Christmas Trees: Yes, we know that Christmas was a few weeks ago, BUT we know at least one homeowner still has the Christmas tree on their property with no idea what to do with it. If you’re that homeowner, be sure to check out our environmentally friendly ways to recycle your Christmas tree.

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month

cypress.jpgItalian Cypress
No other tree captures the Tuscan landscape like the Italian Cypress and fortunately for us it performs extraordinarily well in our climate. Its tall elegant narrow shape allows it to be planted nearly anywhere in a landscape. Our customers have used the elegance of the Italian Cypress as a formal entrance, a backdrop, and as a border. In addition to their natural beauty, their ability to thrive in sunny climates with low water requirements and minimal maintenance has made it a popular tree for homeowners. Plus, it will stay green all year long.

 

Brazilian-Pepper-4.pngBrazilian Pepper
This attractive medium to a large evergreen tree is a wonderful option for homeowners looking for a durable tree that requires minimal maintenance while providing year-round shade. This tree is both cold and heat tolerant and can be grown with a single trunk or multi-trunk. It will keep its dark green foliage all year long and in the winter it produces showy bright red berries. A mature Brazilian Pepper will produce an umbrella-shaped canopy for those areas that need shade.

 

tipu-1.jpgTipu
When it comes to fast-growing, look no further than the always popular Tipu tree. This extreme water-wise and semi-evergreen tree has become one of the most popular trees we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries. Don’t be fooled by its delicate-looking foliage. This tree is tough and can thrive in intense desert heat and cold. The Tipu is a wonderful tree for a high canopy of shade and in the spring is produces golden blooms that are just exquisite.

 

 

Chinese-elm-1.pngChinese Elm
One of the best shade trees or those sun-drenched homes, the Chinese Elm is an attractive tree that can be planted as the focal point in any landscape. It absolutely loves the sun and the variety we carry at Moon Valley Nurseries does not weep. Ours is a fast growing tree that grows upright and round for maximum shade and curbs appeal. Its leaves are small and elliptic in shape and the bark sheds in a puzzle fashion. It's a fantastic option for any landscape seeking instant shade.

 

Olive-2.pngFruitless Olive
The best part about our olive trees is that they are fruitless. The unique, silver appearance of Fruitless Olive trees make them an interesting focal point in nearly all landscape styles. In addition, the natural, multiple trunks always create an artistic look, while bringing strength and flexibility to the tree. Olive trees keep their leaves all year which makes them great for creating privacy or blocking unwanted views. Fruitless Olives are very durable to heat, cold and require minimal water once established.

 

windmill-palm.pngWindmill Palm
One of the most unique palms that we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries is the Windmill palm. It’s narrow trunk and upright growth pattern has allowed hundreds of our customers to plant these in close proximity for an interesting multi-trunk appearance. It is both cold and hot tolerant and when shaved, the trunk exposes the colorful old frond layers giving it a unique look in any landscape.

 

 

Sago-palm.pngSago
A Sago may look like a palm tree, but it's actually a Cycad. This genus has been relatively unchanged for 200 million years, making the Sago a living fossil. Sagos are slow growing and the only maintenance they require is when removing the old fronds. The fronds extend out from the center of the trunk exposing the eye-catching brown trunk. Both cold and heat hardy, the Sago can be grown in full to partial sun and it a wonderful option to be planted in large pots and containers.

 


canary-island.pngCanary Island Date Palm
One of our favorite palms to plant, the Canary Island Date Palm is an eye-catcher. It’s elegant upright growth patterns, long reaching fronds that extend out in all directions and unique crown have made it a focal point in many landscapes. Also known as the Pineapple Palm, the Canary Island Date Palm is extremely durable, cold hardy, and it loves the sun. Its wide fronds can be used for shade and it’s very clean and formal appearance has made it a top option for homeowners looking to add palm trees.

 

 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you

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New Year, New Landscape - What To Do In Your Landscape For 2017

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/22/2016

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The New Year is right around the corner and so are fresh starts. If you've been looking at that landscape make it a New Year's resolution to finally do something with it.

At Moon Valley Nurseries we have streamlined this process to make it super easy for every homeowner. In addition to growing all the trees and shrubs, we design, deliver, and plant. Below are a few landscape ideas our nursery professionals recommend for a perfect yard in 2017.

pALO-vERDE-2.pngXeriscaping your landscape with water-wise trees and shrubs

We all know how precious water is in our region and an easy way to cut back on your personal usage is to xeriscape (landscape which requires little or no irrigation) your landscape with water-wise trees and shrubs. At Moon Valley Nurseries we not only grow and offer a fantastic selection of these type of trees and shrubs, but we also grow everything in our local climate. This allows it to be acclimated at planting compared to other nurseries who ship in their trees and shrubs from other states.

Our water-wise trees provide fantastic greenery and stunning color in landscapes. If you’re looking for flowers, consider the fast growing Tipu tree or the Museum Palo Verde. These two trees require almost no water once established, they provide a massive canopy of shade and bloom gorgeous yellow flowers in late spring. If you’re seeking massive shade, the California Pepper, and Chinese Elm are the way to go. Both of these trees are wide as they are tall and look amazing as a focal point in any landscape. 

Ash-2.pngAdding much-needed shade with fast growing trees

The weather may be a perfect 70 degrees right now, but in just a few months the summer temperatures will arrive and by then it’s too late if you’re looking to add some shade relief. To avoid this mistake, take advantage of our ideal planting season right now. Trees planted now will have enough time to establish a root system now and then top growth in the spring before the summer temperatures.

For massive shade, our favorites are the Ficus nitidaCarrotwood, Chilean Mesquite, and all Ash varieties (Arizona, Shamel, Fan Tex, Raywood, Modesto, and Berrinda). All of these trees are fast growing and develop tall and wide canopies of shade. The Chilean Mesquite and Carrotwood will create layered shade, which allows sunlight to reach any shrubs you may want to plant under the tree. The Ficus and Ash varieties foliage block out all sunlight.  The best part about these trees is that they require minimal maintenance. They are fantastic options to help lower your electricity bill, create natural shade for your car, or even a way to block out the sun next to the swing set.

Ficus.jpgCreating a privacy screen with hedge material

Right now is the best time to block out those unwanted views. Well, any time is really the best time, but why not start the New Year off with hedge material that will block that neighbor's second story window.

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer the best in hedge material. We call it our Hollywood Style hedges. These hedges provide instant and maximum privacy. At many of our customer's homes, there is an unwanted view in the morning and by the afternoon the unsightly site is gone. Consider the Ficus nitida columns, which are some of the highest hedges we offer. Some other fantastic varieties are the Japanese Privet, Carolina Cherry, Japanese Blueberry, Podocarpus, and Golden Bamboo. All of these trees are evergreen and can be easily trimmed to any desired shape. If you want to add a little color to your hedge, the Bottlebrush tree (red flowers), Oleander tree (red, white, or pink flowers), and Wax Leaf Privet (white flowers) are fantastic selections.

Orange-Tree-5.pngGrowing your own homegrown food

At Moon Valley Nurseries, we like to think that there is nothing more rewarding than being able to go into your backyard and hand select the freshest fruit from your very own fruit, citrus, and nut trees. Growing these varieties is easier than you might expect. Les Blake, Moon Valley Nurseries owner, and his grandfather began custom growing citrus and fruit trees more than 50 years go. Over these years, Les and his grandfather have developed custom root stock that is guaranteed to produce excellent tasting fruit.

We offer a wide range of fruit and citrus trees. Orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit are the top varieties for our customers. In addition, we offer tangerine, tangelo, kumquat, nectarine, apricot, peach, plum, apple, fig, pomegranate, avocado (California only), pecans, walnuts, and almonds.

crape-1.jpgAdding a splash of color with flowering trees and shrubs

From the stunning purple flowers of Orchid trees to the large flower clusters on Crape Myrtles, there is nothing like flowering trees to create interest and aroma in your landscape. Flowering trees have many landscape applications. Some flowering trees require minimal water, others provide great shade, some can be used as a focal point or a way to add an accent color.  If a certain color is a must, we offer flowering trees that bloom in the following colors.

Purple (Jacaranda, Vitex, Orchid, Texas Mountain Laurel, and Crape Myrtle)

Pink (Purple Leaf Plum, Crape Myrtle, Oleander, Chitalpa, and Desert Willow)

White (Flowering Pear, Magnolia, Plumeria, Oleander, Crape Myrtle)

Yellow (Tipu, Museum Palo Verde, Thevetia, African Tulip Tree, Blue Palo Verde, Palo Brea, and Sweet Acacia)

Red (Bottlebrush, Oleander, African Tulip Tree, and Crape Myrtle)

The Flowering Pear and Crape Myrtle will also produce stunning fall colors of red, orange, and brown. Our flowering trees come in many sizes so you’ll be able t feature your favorite colors prominently in your landscape.

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any and all projects you may have. Click here to map a nursery near you

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Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (December)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/14/2016

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The winter season has finally arrived and that means changes to how we care for our trees and shrubs on our landscapes. To help homeowners prepare for the colder temperatures, our nursery professionals have compiled a to-do list as well as their recommendations for planting this month.

To Do List:

  • Christmas Trees: Moon Valley Nurseries’ has a fantastic selection of the World’s Best Christmas Trees. We carry Noble Firs, Douglas Firs, and Grand Firs in sizes for every home and every budget. All of our Christmas Tree have been expressed shipped within 48 hours of cutting to ensure the highest and freshest quality Christmas Tree. Our Christmas Trees have been a family tradition for more than 20 years. Click here to map us to start or continue your family tradition with Moon Valley Nurseries.
  • Winter Watering: With the thermometer dropping to winter temperatures, it is now time to adjust the watering schedule. In the winter months, you will want to cut back on the frequency of watering. However, make sure you are always deep watering and allowing time for the soil to dry-out between waterings. You can download our   Winter Watering Guide  to help you get a better idea on how to just take care of your landscape.
  • Fertilization: While the trees and shrubs essentially stop all top growth in the winter months they are actually all still growing. That is in the ground where the soil keeps its warmth and our trees and shrubs are working on their root development. Fertilizing everything from your palms, shade trees, citrus, fruit, flowering trees, and even your dormant trees gives them all a boost to push through the winter and turn that into explosive growth in the spring. We recommend using our custom blended fertilizers for your landscape needs as they are specifically formatted for our soil and weather conditions. These can be purchased at all Moon Valley Nursery locations or online.

Below are a few trees our experts recommend planting for this month

Queen-Palm-4.pngPiru Queen Palm
Exclusively offered only at Moon Valley Nurseries’, our Piru Queen Palms have been grown purely from superior Argentine seedlings with better genetic traits. Our Piru Queen Palms feature thicker and harder trunks, greener palm fronds, and fuller crown than other Queen Palms. Our Piru Queen Palms can handle the hot and cold and thrive in the full sun. They are a fantastic option for homeowners looking to create a tropical paradise around their pool. Because we also grow our Piru Queen Palms at our farms in the local climate, they are already acclimated and have very low water requirements.

Japanese-Privet-2.pngJapanese Privet
If you’re looking for a tree with minimal maintenance requirements...and we mean MINIMAL, the Japanese Privet is one of the best options for you. At Moon Valley Nurseries, we offer Japanese Privets as hedge material and as trees. As a hedge, it can be trimmed into many different shapes and sizes and it is a fantastic option for privacy or to line a border. As a tree, the Japanese Privet is so clean that it can be planted near a pool. It produces beautiful white flowers in late spring and it’s foliage is thick with thick-waxy like leaves.

 

Califonira-Pepper.pngCalifornia Pepper
The California Pepper is a fantastic accent tree that is a favorite for the massive shade it produces, weeping graceful appearance, and exfoliating trunk. The California Pepper is an evergreen with an open spreading canopy that can handle the hot and cold months. One of the best aspects of this tree is that once it has becomes established it has very minimal water requirements. The trunk is gray when the tree is younger but as it gets older the trunk will peel exposing the red-inner wood.

 

Eldarica-Pine-1.pngEldarica Pine
If you’ve been If you’ve been looking for a way to keep that Christmas season alive all year long, look no further than the Eldarica Pine, which is also known as the living Christmas Tree. Native to the Caucasus Mountain of southern Russia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the Eldarica Pine is a very hardy evergreen pine that grows faster than other pine tree varieties, requires lower amounts of water, and it can provide a large amount of shade. It looks like a Christmas Tree with its classic cone-shape appearance and space between branches. Many customers purchase the Eldarica Pine and use it as a Christmas Tree before planting it in their landscape.

Olive-2.pngFruitless Olive
As the title suggest, we offer the highest quality fruitless olive trees you will find in the Southwest. All of our olive trees come from our farm that has been producing olive trees and olive oil for more than 50 years. The unique, silver color appearance of fruitless olive trees have made them a must-have focal point for many homeowners. Its multi-trunk growth pattern creates an artistic look and will give off that ‘wow’ factor. Our olive trees will keep their leaves all year long and they thrive in both the hot and cold and require minimal water once established.

 

Moon Valley Nurseries is your one stop shop for all your landscape needs. Our experts have decades worth of experience and they will be able to assist you with any projects or questions you may have. Remember to change your watering schedule as we enter the winter and be sure to map a Moon Valley Nurseries location right here

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