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Top Trees For Purple Flowers In Spring And Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/26/2017

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

Learn How Trees Can Help You Save On Your Electricity Bills

Posted by Filipe Benavides on 1/23/2017


Let’s face it, energy is a resource that is bound to be more expensive in the future. Living comfortably shouldn’t have to cost a fortune. The good news is that you can do something to lower your utility bills that will not only save you money, it will also add value to your property. Homeowners can cool off their house with shade trees. Houses shaded by trees stay cooler, naturally, than homes lacking shaded trees. And cooling off your house naturally is far less expensive than turning on your A/C and forking over tons of money each month to pay your utility bills. Of course, it needs to be the right trees planted in the right place to cool your house and save energy.

How Much Can You Save on Utility Costs with Shade Trees
Homeowners can save quite a bit of energy and money by planting trees around the house. For instance, using a model of a 2,500-square foot unshaded house in Sacramento, a computer program at the University of California, Davis, predicted that shading the house’s east and west side (including windows) could reduce energy use for air conditioning by as much as 40 percent annually.

Follow the Sun’s Path
Location, location, location…Yep, location is key when planting shade trees to cool the house. Basically, follow the sun’s path. The path along which the sun travels from morning to afternoon, and from winter to summer, helps to determine the best locations to plant trees that are going to have a substantial effect on lowering utility bills.

Of course, it’s not always about cooling your house, sometimes you want your house to stay warm, especially during those colder months. A deciduous tree or semi-evergreen is ideal for both summer and winter times. With a deciduous or semi-evergreen tree, the sun can shine through its leafless canopy in the winter to let in some sunlight and heat into your house. During the summer heat, a larger sized deciduous or semi-evergreen tree with a sprawling canopy is an ideal choice for use as a shade tree around your house. Buy as big as you can because bigger is better for the greatest effect on utility costs.

Where to Plant Trees for Best Effects
In order for trees to have the biggest effect on utility costs, you’ re going to have to think about the right location on your property to plant them. For best results, shade windows first as sun shining directly through a window can heat up a home quickly. Plant trees on the east, south, and west sides near windows, and if possible, position the tree just to the side so they can provide shade without completely blocking the view. As tempting as it might be, don’t plant too close to the house. Yes, the closer you plant, the more shade you’ll get. However, planting trees too close can cause roots to damage the foundations, so plant trees 5 to 10 feet away from the foundation. Another good place to plant shade trees is over a paved area. Shade trees can reduce heat stored or reflected in paved surfaces. Plus, shading a paved area such as a paved patio can create a nice garden retreat. It’s also a good idea to plant shade trees near air conditioners. Keeping your air conditioner cool can reduce its workload and cut down energy consumption.

Smart Trees for Shade
At Moon Valley Nurseries, we have bigger trees for sale, ready to provide the shade you need to cool or warm your house, naturally. Here are a few of our favorite trees, in stock and ready to be delivered and planted by our professional landscape crew.

Ficus-march.pngFiucus Nitida

Instant shade is what makes the Ficus our #1 selling tree. These evergreen trees perform well in any landscape. They create a very dense canopy of thick, rounded green leaves all year that create a very thick shade that can keep your cooling costs down in the summer. They handle the heat very well and can be pruned to any shape. When it comes to clean-up and maintenance, you can go ahead and put your rake away, because Ficus are just about the cleanest tree you’ll ever purchase. We offer three different variations of Ficus: Single-trunk, multi-trunk, and column, which are a great choice as a barrier for blocking sun, noise, wind, and those pesky neighbors. 

tipu-6.pngTipu Tree
Homeowners looking for an attractive shade tree with striking features will love the Tipuana tipu tree. This fast growing medium to large sized tree can provide a great amount of shade to cool your house, while beautifying any location on your property. It’s a showy, semi-evergreen that puts on a unique show of golden blooms from late spring into early summer that contrasts beautifully with its feathery, bright bluish-green foliage.


Chinese-elm-1.pngChinese Elm
Chinese Elm tree, ‘True Green’, is an excellent choice for sundrenched Southwestern properties because it can bring a massive amount of shade to any property. Native to China, this large, semi-evergreen tree has been widely used in parks thanks to its wide, natural umbrella-shaped shade capabilities, making it an ideal shade tree to naturally cool down your house. Moon Valley Nurseries carries the ‘True Green’ strain, which does not weep. The ‘True Green’ strain features small, deep green leaves and is prized for its upright, rounded growth habit favored by many homeowners.

Palo-Verde-3.pngMuseum Palo Verde
A hybrid of different, older Palo Verde species, the Museum Palo Verde brings the best qualities of each, resulting in a beautiful shade tree with fuller, yellow-green foliage and striking green, thornless trunks. The multi-trunked, sculptural shapes of these attractive trees provide a stark contrast and beautiful accent to almost any landscape, as well as providing the shade you want in the summer and letting the right amount of light in during the winter. 


ArZ-Ash.pngArizona Ash
The Arizona Ash is well suited to handle all extreme temperature changes. In the fall, this deciduous tree’s foliage turns into a vibrant golden color. The Arizona Ash is seedless and only requires one clean up once the leaves drop. The tree grows its leaves back quickly in the spring, which provides maximum shade in the summer months. Its canopy of shade covers a large amount of territory and its flowers form in small clusters in the spring. 




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 locations right here.

Topics: Monthly Tips

Don't plant central valley olive trees!

Posted by Paul Popoff on 1/20/2017




Don't be fooled by cheap trees!

Beautiful silver green foliage with lacy arching branches combine to make a thick dense shade and are the perfect symbol of a Mediterranean escape. This is what makes the olive trees, (olea europea), so attractive to homeowners. Unfortunately, there is a disease that is threatening to ruin our beautiful trees and this disease has originated from the Central Valley region in California. Olive Quick Decline, as it is called, is quickly taking over the tree, causing branch die back and eventually the entire tree will parish. Olive Quick Decline has similar symptoms to leaf scorch from psyllids, (which is another issue in the Central Valley).

Quick Olive Decline can be spread by insects, pruning, and other environmental factors. The easiest and best way to prevent the spread of this disease is to avoid buying Olive trees from the Central Valley region and purchase local Southern California grown trees from reputable sources such as Moon Valley Nurseries. Contractors and landscapers are purchasing these Central Valley Olive trees because they are able to get inferior trees, cheaply, and make a larger profit all while undercutting local growers.

Don't be fooled by a low price on a cheap olive tree, you could be putting the rest of your landscape in danger by doing so. Moon Valley Nurseries has been growing trees for decades and has our very own Olive tree farm nestled in the beautiful Temecula wine country that is several hundred acres and growing! We grow all types of Olives from the fruiting Manzanillo and Mission Olive trees to Ancient Olives 100+ years old and the Fruitless Wilsonii Olive trees as well. All of our Olive trees are certified disease free and are guaranteed to stay that way for at least 2 years, no other company can say that! Moon Valley Nurseries has also been planting trees for decades and has a team of expertly trained professionals that will come to your home and get the job done right the first time.

Don't wait any longer and take any chances with your landscape, stop into any Moon Valley Nurseries today and purchase the best Southern California Olive trees available!

Topics: Insider, landscape tips, gardening, knowledge base

Landscaping With Succulents in Southern California

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/13/2017


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

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.

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.

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.


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.

Topics: Industry Expert

Monthly Landscape & Garden Tips (January)

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 1/11/2017


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.


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.



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

Topics: Monthly Tips

Environmentally Friendly Ways To Recycle Your Christmas Tree 

Posted by Filipe Benavides on 12/28/2016


Real Christmas trees are beautiful, especially the ones available at Moon Valley Nurseries Christmas Tree Lots. The aroma, the perky needles, the greenery – these are just some of the things we love about real Christmas trees. After all, real trees aren’t some fake plastic tree imported from China, processed and manufactured with a bunch of synthetic materials that are harmful to our environment. No, real Christmas trees are biodegradable, so they can be easily reused and recycled for mulch and other purposes. 

By the time the New Year rolls around, you can tell it’s a good time to recycle that real tree. Once its lifespan has run its course, you’re left with a corpse of a tree that needs to be disposed of before it starts to rot, stink and leave a mess of needles all over your floor. Of course, there are many ways to recycle your Christmas tree, and doing it in an environment-friendly manner is the best option for both you and the environment. Don’t be that person that tosses the old tree into the trash bin leaving an unsightly mess and angering your neighbors. There are plenty of options for recycling your tree and feeling good about your environment-friendly action, all the while taking care of one of your New Year’s Resolutions - doing your part in helping to care for our environment.

Real Christmas trees are biodegradable. Perhaps you or one of your neighbors owns a chipper (or rent one) - this is the best DIY mulching option. Remove the branches and place them in the chipper for fantastic mulch to use in your landscape. Homemade mulch can last up to two years! When you add in the essential micro and macro nutrients and specialized blends that make up our Moon Valley fertilizer products, your plants will thrive all year long. Mulch is also great for suppressing weeds!

Create a Bird Feeder
Stick a whole Christmas tree into the ground or leave it in a stand for an excellent backyard bird feeder. The entire family will get a kick out of this natural bird sanctuary. Add popcorn strings, stale bread, cranberries and other assorted goodies and watch as a variety of birds such as Chickadees and Song Sparrows come for the food and hang around for the shelter. Within a year, the branches will become brittle so you can easily break the tree apart by hand and get ready to repeat the process once again.

Fish Feeders
Bird’s aren’t the only wildlife that benefit from environment-friendly tree recycling – fish can too. Homeowners with private fish ponds can sink a tree into the pond, creating a terrific refuge and feeding area for fish. It’s a good idea to attach a heavy weight to the tree to keep it sunk. Be sure to remove any decorations and the stand! Happy fish, happy planet.

Soil Erosion Barriers
People living in coastal communities and near lakes and rivers can recycle Christmas trees for use as an effective sand and soil erosion barrier. Recycled trees are excellent for shoreline stabilization and managing river delta sedimentation. Christmas trees can also be used to trap soil and organic debris from a gorge where the water is carrying away soil. Simply attach a stake to your tree in the waters path!

Get Creative!
You can always get creative with a dead Christmas tree. Woodworking hobbyists can make coasters by cutting thin slabs off the trunk. Sand them down into a smooth finish and apply a thin coat of polyurethane to keep the sap off tables and glassware. We’ve seen tree trunks made into candlesticks and even birdhouses. You can also cut off all the branches and use the trunk to edge a garden. A strategically placed trunk can become a resting spot for birds and other small wildlife.

Curbside Collection Programs
This is probably the easiest option for most and surprisingly environment-friendly. Your city may have a curbside pickup option that will turn your tree into usable mulch for use in city parks, etc. This way you don’t need to lug an old tree around town, burning gas, to take it to the nearest drop-off recycling center. Just be sure to remove any old ornaments, tinsel, lights, stands and check for any size requirements. Find your local hauler. Typically, the providers will collect trees during regular pickup schedules on the two weeks after Christmas. If your local hauler is Waste Management Inc. (WM) click here to find your local service provider.

In certain areas with tree recycling/mulching programs, they’ll not only recycle the old tree, they’ll turn it into a bag of mulch you can use in your landscape. This mulch can be used to enrich or insulate the soil, helping plants grow better, and creating an attractive landscape cover that can help retain moisture in hedges and around the bases of trees. Use this mulch in combination with Moon Valley Nurseries fertilizer products and watch as your landscape explodes with healthy-looking growth!

Note: Never burn your Christmas tree in an indoor fireplace or wood stove.

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.

Topics: Christmas Trees

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

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/22/2016


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

December Landscape Garden Tip.jpg

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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How to Keep Grass Green All Winter Long

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 12/8/2016


Lawn tips from the pros for winter lawn

It’s easy to take for granted just how wonderful it is to be living in the Phoenix and Las Vegas area. Sure, it can get pretty cold by our standards, but at least it’s not snowy with freezing temperatures.

One thing that we do take for granted is our beautiful landscapes during the fall and winter months. The majority of our trees keep their foliage, you can still have a vegetable garden, there might be some late seasonal flowers, and our lawns can stay green even in the coldest of Phoenix temperatures.

Our customers are always asking our nursery professionals how they can keep their lawn looking green and below are three of the most important aspects our nursery pros recommend to keeping your lawn looking green all winter long.

Water.pngProper Watering
Water is a crucial aspect of keeping your lawn looking green. When you first overseed you will want to keep your soil moist by watering it at least three times per day for very short periods of time. Once your seeds have begun to germinate and have grown to around 1-½ high you can cut back on the watering to just once per day. In time your lawn will become established and when that happens you can cut back to every other day.

You also want to water in the morning before the sunrise, This will make your water the most effective. Pro Tip: On nights when there is a chance of freeze, water right before the sun comes up. This will help create a microclimate that will reduce the chance of your trees and plants freezing in your landscape.

As we begin to hit early spring, it is important to remember to make the proper adjustment to your lawn, landscape and garden so they will continue to thrive into the growing season. Click on the blue button to subscribe for tips on proper garden and landscaping for the spring.

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Mowing.pngProper Mowing
You need to wait at least 10 days before you give your lawn the first mowing after planting your winter grass. Keep in mind that you do not want to remove more than 30% of the leaf during mowing. Removing more than 30% may prevent the grass from its ability to photosynthesize and you may pull out the new seedlings. Once your ryegrass is established it’s up to you to determine when you want to mow your lawn. If you like thick grass, let it grow. If you like shortener grass mow more frequently. Just remember that you can not mow more than 30% of the leaf at a time.

Our native soils can be tough at times, which prevents vital nutrients from being absorbed by our lawns. Whether you’re having an issue or not, it’s always a good practice to fertilize your lawn with a starter fertilizer to encourage growth. These are the main reasons why we created our Moon Royale Professional Turf Fertilizer. It includes a 19% (Nitrogen), 6% (Phosphorus), and 13% (Potassium) mix along with sulfur to heap breakdown tough soils and to fight the salts to keep your lawn looking green all winter long (click here to purchase today). Our Moon Royale is super easy to use either as a drop or broadcast type fertilizer spreader. Read the bag for complete instructions and application rates.

Now that you know all the crucial elements to keeping your lawn looking green all winter long you too can grow like a pro. If you have any questions be sure to visit any of our nursery locations. Our professionals will be able to assist you with anything you need.  

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Tips For Buying & Caring For Your Fresh Cut Christmas Tree

Posted by Filipe Benavides on 12/1/2016


There’s nothing quite like a freshly-cut Christmas tree to trigger the senses of the most wonderful time of the year. A fresh-cut tree fills the home with the sublime aroma that defines the Holiday Season. Of course, most of this is lost on old, wilted trees that are often found on many of the big box tree lots. This is because many big box tree lots sell trees that were cut weeks before.

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Here’s the good news - Moon Valley Nurseries express-ships premium quality, real Christmas trees from our sustainable farms within 48 hours of cutting! In fact, our environmentally friendly trees are fresh-shipped on a daily basis, from sustainably grown Christmas tree plantations in the Pacific Northwest.  We take pride in supporting USA grown, local tree farmers and sustainable plantations that support local agriculture.

At our Moon Valley Nurseries Christmas tree lots, you’ll find premium, fresh-cut trees such as our Noble Firs, Grand Firs, and Dougas Firs. Our freshly-cut Christmas trees are kept in water, so you’re guaranteed to get healthy, upright trees with perky needles and an aroma that is sure to please the household.

Tips for Buying Fresh Cut Trees

  • Buy from a reputable tree lot - Moon Valley Nurseries tree lots have express-shipped trees delivered from our farms to our lots within 48 hours of cutting.
  • Support local, USA grown tree farmers – freshly-cut Christmas trees are farmed specifically for their purpose and support local agriculture.
  • When buying, trees should feel heavy, so compare the weight of the trees (you don’t have to completely lift the tree)
  • Let your nose be your guide – fresh cut trees have an unmistakable, pleasing aroma.
  • If there are lots of needles on the ground around the trees, go someplace else.
  • To check a tree’s freshness, pull your hand towards you along the branch. When you do this, the needles should not fall off.

Tips for Caring for the Fresh Cut Tree at Home

  • Water is the vital element to caring for the Christmas tree in your home.
  • Fill the tree stand with water and keep it filled. A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours.
  • Never let the water level go below the tree’s base.
  • Keep the tree away from heater vents or other heat sources. The lower the temperature, the better the tree will do.
  • Place the tree in a dark, shady spot in the home.
  • Use professional tree preservatives, do not use sugar or soda pop.

Visit one of our Christmas Tree lots for the freshest trees at the lowest prices – guaranteed! Our super fresh trees are express shipped within 48 hours of cutting, so you know you are getting the absolute freshest trees available. Our Christmas trees and lots have been a family tradition for thousands of families for over 20 years. We are sure to have the perfect Christmas Tree for you and your family waiting in our lots! We carry all of the major varieties like Noble Firs, Douglas Firs, Grand Firs, Fraser Firs and more, in sizes that range from 3 to 15 feet!

Topics: Christmas Trees