Top 5 Fall flowering trees and plants

Posted by Jessica Downs on 9/21/2018

Ready to treat your yard to some color this fall? Any yard or landscape can benefit from having some color thrown in to it somewhere. An accent plant (or twenty!) will get the attention of anybody who sets their eyes on it. If you choose the right plant or tree, you might even catch the attention of some pollen and nectar-loving insects that will be happy to enjoy your yard with you!

Check out these five great flowering trees and plants you can pick for your yard.

crape myrtle-1Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)

These versatile trees are one of the best flowering trees for Arizona and are incredibly colorful when in bloom. The Crape Myrtle tree flowers into shades of white, red, purple, and pink that will help decorate your yard in an accent of colors.

These trees are not only drought-tolerant, but they love the heat! When the high temps arrive, get ready for your yard to be showing off the beautiful shades of color. These small to medium trees offer amazingly reliable bloom cycles so we can enjoy the show from spring through fall!

Even when the flowers are not in bloom, the multi-trunk structure with grey to light brown spotted bark are still impressive to the eye.


vitexVitex (Vitex agnus-castus)

The Vitex, also known as the Chaste Tree, is a favorite flowering option for its unique purple blooms on long points that form at every growth tip during the late spring and into the summer. This fast-growing, small to medium sized tree is a great choice to add color to a garden or for patio use.

The flowering spikes on the Vitex tree are a favorite for our pollinating friends like butterflies and hummingbirds. In addition to the stunning flowers, the trunk of the tree, often and unfortunately overlooked, has a twisted and tangled growth pattern that gives this tree a majestic appearance in any yard or landscape.

The Vitex tree needs full sun and low to moderate water, which makes it perfect for our desert region.


tipu-5Tipu (Tipuana tipu)

The Tipu tree is one of the best trees you can plant if you’re looking to add shade in your yard and here’s why! These trees grow into medium to large sizes with a high canopy and do well in our intense desert heat. They would be perfect planted along the street, in the lawn, or on the patio.

Another great feature of this tree is that it can produce a lush layer of golden blooms in the spring through the summer. Tipu trees also offer thick foliage that feature bright bluish-green hues. You might also get the attention of your neighborhood butterflies with the abundance of nectar that this tree offers. All these features will enhance the look of any landscape.

A Tipu is a convenient tree for a wide variety of landscape designs! So, kick back, relax under the shade coverage, and enjoy the vibrant blooms that they bring every year.


hibiscusHibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinenses)

The Hibiscus shrub is a very well-known plant, even to people who have no experience with plants or landscaping. These medium to large growing shrubs are just that impressive!

They bloom large bright tropical flowers with colors such as white, yellow, red, orange, and purple (just to name a few!). The beautiful flowers give off an even brighter look thanks to the full, dark foliage that surrounds them.

They thrive in partial sun but can build up strength to full sun quickly. Hibiscus shrubs can be planted as a hedge, a colorful accent piece, or in a pot. No matter how you plant them, with well-drained soil, your hibiscus will be good to go!

Fertilized monthly from March through September, these plants will have the best growth and a productive blooming season.



Everblooming Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides ‘veitchii’)

The gardenia shrubs are well-known to most people. Some know them from their sweet fragrance and can sniff them out before they even see the plant. Others know them from the large white flowers that cover the plant. Either way, this plant is quite impressive!

Gardenias grow into a low to medium sized mounding shrub. They do best with partial to full sun exposure, which works out well for Arizona gardenia enthusiasts. They like a well-drained soil, which will help keep the roots from getting too damp.

Even without the flowers, the bright green leaves create a picture-perfect shrub that could easily be used like a hedge. But of course, the flowers are the main event for any type of Gardenia. The Everblooming gardenia flowers from late spring through the fall and adds a classic feel to the landscape.


The upcoming fall season is the ideal time to plant. If you have any questions regarding any of these beautiful trees or plants, be sure to contact one of our nursery experts at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations and ask them about our FREE professional planting services.

Topics: Flowering Trees, Insider

The World Famous Tipu Tree

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 7/2/2018


Tipu Tree: Tree of the Week


One of the best shade trees you can find anywhere is the Tipu tree! Yes, this semi-evergreen tree with an unusual name is fast becoming a favorite throughout Arizona. In fact, Tipuana tipu is world famous for its high-spreading canopy and attractive foliage that provides shade. Don’t let the blistering sun keep you from enjoying your yard. Yes, if it is shade coverage you are after, there are not too many better trees than this. When talking about this tree, one must mention its feathery, bright bluish-green foliage. The foliage is not the only lovely feature. This fast-growing, colorful flowering tree puts on a show when the golden-colored blooms arrive in late spring and last to early summer. Adding to the colorful show are the butterflies that cannot get enough of the flowers.

A native of South America, Tipu trees thrive in warmer climates, such as what we experience in Arizona. These trees have a fast growth rate, so anyone that is looking to provide cooling shade over a larger space will want to have one planted in their landscape. Their exotic and tropical appearance makes them a perfect fit no matter where they are installed. That said, it is an excellent street tree or lawn tree. This is a fun tree for kids because they will love resting under its high canopy. Also, if you don’t park your car in the garage, park the car next to a Tipu tree – it will help keep cars cool on hot days!

Everyone is looking to save money. In the summer, we might see our bills skyrocket because of too much energy use. After all, the temperatures are soaring, and we want to be able to live comfortably in an air-conditioned room. There is a way to reduce the temperatures inside a home without having to suffer from the heat – plant specimen Tipu trees! With proper planting around a house, the massive amount of shade these trees provide can reduce the heat inside your home because you’ll be using your AC less often! They grow fast, and our landscape design specialist will be glad to show you where to plant them to reduce the temperatures inside of your home!

Besides being beautiful shade trees, Tipuana tipu trees are excellent permaculture trees! They absorb nitrogen from the air and put it in the soil, enriching the health of the soil along the way. These trees are good for the soil, and they can benefit other plants in the garden, too!

How to Grow Tipu Tree in Arizona

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Watering: Deep watering is the best way to help the soil settle around the roots. In our arid environment, it is a good idea to water about two to three times a week. Use a drip or soaker type water hose. Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Applying mulch around the base of the tree can help retain water during the summertime. Once established, they will have a high tolerance to drought.

Light Exposure: Plant these lovely trees in a location that receives full sun exposure. Full sun is at least six hours of direct sun per day.

Pruning: Remove any broken, dead, or diseased branches from limbs. Remove any branches flush with limbs and limbs flush with trunks.

Fertilizer: Feed with a regular diet of our specially blended fertilizers.

Tipu trees can come to the rescue to make our hot summer days a little more bearable. And, besides the shade they can provide, this colorful tree can also help increase property value by adding plenty of curb appeal!

Prepare to get cool – plant a bigger, value engineered Tipu tree! Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to view one of these majestic trees for yourself. We will do all the work. That’s right. Our professional planting crew will do the digging and planting!

Topics: Flowering Trees

5 Best Purple Flowering Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/29/2018

Jacaranda-4.pngWe can enjoy the beautiful sight of purple flowering trees on any size landscape! It is true. We can still enjoy all the benefits of these flowering trees even if we have a lack of square footage.

There is no doubt about it, flowering trees in shades of purple, violet, and lavender are an attractive addition to our landscape. Trees such as the Jacaranda mimosifolia are a favorite. We love seeing the purple blossoms as we drive through neighborhoods and as a bonus, these are also excellent shade trees.

Do you want to bathe your yard in the purple rain? Here are some of the five best purple flowering trees we can grow in our area. Spring is the best time to plant, so visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and allow our nursery pros to help you select the perfect colorful trees for your yard!


Purple Flowering Trees We Love!


Hong-Kong.pngHong Kong Orchid (Bauhinia blakeana): These gorgeous trees can bloom vibrant purple and white flowers with a pleasing fragrance. They are long-blooming trees, which also means that we can enjoy their abundant colorful flower display throughout the season. As a bonus, the flowers are sterile, so they produce no seedpods. These are an elegant addition to any landscape. We like to use them as a focal point in any yard. Specimen sized trees have an umbrella-shaped canopy that provides plenty of shade, too! We can grow these stunning specimens and bring much-needed landscape colors from the coast of Southern California to the arid regions of the Southwest.



jacaranda_blooms.pngJacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia): This is one of our best-selling flowering trees. It is easy to see why. These colorful trees have outstanding features – exotic, trumpet-shaped purple blooms and soft-feathery, fern-like foliage. These are fast-growing trees that can provide filtered shade. We like to plant them near patios, courtyards, and decks. These are stunning specimen trees, whether we plant them in a water-wise yard or urban garden. They are also excellent street trees and front-yard flowering trees that can add instant curb appeal.


texas_mtn_laurel_bloom.pngTexas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora): We love the display of fragrant violet-blue flowers that bloom in spring. Some say that the flowers smell like a favorite grape drink, oh yea! They are small showy trees, and they can fit in a yard with limited space. We like to plant them in a sunny patio, front entryway, and in any spot where we can enjoy the fragrant spring blossoms. These are also water-wise trees that thrive in warm, bright, arid environments.



purple_leaf_plum_flowers.pngPurple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'): This deciduous tree produces a profusion of showy light pink flowers in spring. The color does not end there. This remarkable tree also features exceptional dark purple foliage that helps to make it an ideal small, color accent tree. We like to plant them in front yards, where they are sure to attract all the right attention. We can also plant them in pairs to flank gateways and driveway entries in style. They can also be planted in an orchard-like row to create a stunning privacy screen. These ornamental trees can make a bold and beautiful color statement no matter how we choose to plant them!

Crape_Myrtle_purple-1.jpgCrape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia): These versatile trees are also one of the best flowering trees for our area. They are incredibly colorful when in bloom! These beauties love the heat. In fact, when the hot weather arrives, expect your yard to be decorated in beautiful shades of color. These ornamental trees offer extraordinarily long and reliable bloom cycles so we can enjoy the show from spring through fall! In fact, the show lasts all year thanks to their interesting, colored, mottled trunk bark. We only grow the best varieties for our area, so be sure to visit your nearest location and select the best variety for your area.


Professional Landscape Design Consultations

Purple is one of the best colors to have in your yard. Allow our professional landscape design specialists to determine the perfect spot to plant any of these purple flowering trees on your landscape. With free professional planting available, it cannot get any easier to create a colorful yard with the best flowering trees on earth!

Topics: Flowering Trees

5 Best Yellow Flowering Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 3/29/2018

palo_verdeYellow flowering trees can add plenty of interest to our landscape. We can add some leafy eye candy to our space that is sure to attract all the right attention. We have got the right-sized specimens that can flower up a storm of bright yellow!

We are lucky to live where we live because of the many colorful choices that can brighten up our garden. These yellow flowering trees can also provide the right amount of shade, too! Springtime is the best time to plant. We have got the perfect trees, whether there is still plenty of rain or drought. We have got you covered from the coast to the desert!


Our Best Yellow Flowering Trees for Your Landscape


Tipu (Tipuana tipu):
One of the best shade trees you can plant, is also one that can produce a coat of golden blooms in the spring. This showy tree attracts butterflies and features feathery, bright bluish-green foliage that can enhance the look of any landscape. Plant a Tipu tree wherever a high canopy is desired. Kick back and relax under the shade coverage and enjoy the vibrant bloom. A useful tree for a wide range of landscape designs!



Palo Verde (Cercidium-parkinsonia hybrid and Cercidium floridum):
We have the two incredible Palo Verde varieties that are known for transforming yards with their beautiful color and form. Both are drought tolerant once established. The Museum Palo Verde is a hybrid version of the classic Palo Verde, with the bonus of having thornless trunks. This hybrid version looks like a piece of art too, thanks to their vibrant yellow flower display and bright green trunks! The Blue Palo Verde can bloom fragrant yellow flowers and can attract butterflies to your garden. Its interesting sculptural trunks make it an excellent candidate for night lighting. Bring the wow factor to your landscape day or night!



Thevetia (Thevetia peruviana):
Also known as Yellow Oleander, this beauty thrives in the heat. In the spring, fragrant, large yellow blooms can appear, where they can add some much-needed color to arid landscapes. They feature attractive green foliage that helps to lend a tropical effect wherever they are planted. Specimen sized trees can establish a large umbrella-shaped canopy that can provide shade. njoy the bloom and the sight of hummingbirds enjoying the fragrant bloom!



Sweet Acacia (Acacia smallii):
These drought tolerant trees can produce fragrant golden-yellow puffball flowers that hold onto the tree for a long time. Their dark green foliage adds a beautiful contrast with the bright flowers. Plant a couple of specimen sized trees and enjoy the cooling shade they can provide. This versatile tree is an excellent choice for a wide range of landscape styles. We also like to use them as a focal landscape tree that can attract all the right attention.



Palo Brea (Cercidium praecox):
These are very showy trees that can create curb appeal. Springtime sees the arrival of bright yellow blooms that lend an attractive contract with its green foliage and apple-green bark. They feature graceful, interwoven branches that create an interesting sculptural quality. We like to plant them in front yards and light them up with lighting for added wow factor!



Goldenrain Tree (CA only):
This flowering shade tree is an excellent choice for Southern California. They can tolerate drought conditions and many of the most common air pollutants. Yellow blooms can emerge to transform the look of any landscape. In the summer, the blooms develop seed capsules that can resemble small Chinese lanterns!



Speak with a Landscape Design Specialist!

Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location to witness these flowering trees for yourself. We offer free landscape design consultations. Our landscape design specialists will be glad to help you create your dream landscape with the best quality trees on earth! Free professional planting of specimen sized trees makes it easier than ever to achieve your landscape goals.

Topics: Flowering Trees

Flowering Trees to Brighten Up our Neighborhood

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 2/22/2018

spring_flowering_treesThe sight of flowering trees in a yard can brighten up any neighborhood, and add plenty of curb appeal along the way. Flowering trees can give height and scale to our landscape, and have the bonus of blooms, many of which have a magical fragrance that can fill the air with a sweet aroma. Take a moment to enjoy our surroundings – spring is here!

We can create an explosion of colors by mixing several bloomers. Spring is also the time when our yards are brimming with the beautiful sight of hummingbirds and butterflies cavorting in the garden. Below is a flowering trees list that can add a firework show of early spring colors to our yard! Visit your nearest Moon Valley Nurseries location and see these popular flowering trees for yourself!


flowering_pearFlowering Pear (Pyrus calleryana): Considered to be the first blooming tree of the year! When in bloom, you cannot help but enjoy the sight of the snow-white flower blossoms covering the tree. They are deciduous and are profuse bloomers in early springtime. These are excellent lawn and shade trees featuring attractive, oval-shaped leaves that can create the right amount of shade. We like to plant them with shrub roses to create a stunning display of landscape color. Flowering Pear thrives in a spot with full sun exposure. Click here to read more about Flowering Pear!


hong_kong_orchidHong Kong Orchid (Bauhinia blakeana): Many people consider these to be one of the most beautiful trees you can find, and thanks to their deep-rose red, orchid-shaped blooms, it is hard to argue. As a bonus, the flowers are sterile, so they produce no seedpods, unlike the Purple Orchid tree! We love to use these exceptionally long bloomers as a focal point or as the centerpiece in a collection of shrubs. They are the perfect addition to any Asian/Zen-inspired garden or in any tropical landscape. You can also use them as a shade tree that can add vibrant color to your yard. They are sure to attract hummingbirds and all the right attention no matter how you choose to use them in your landscape. Click here to read more about Hong Kong Orchid!


jacaranda_bloomsJacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia): This stunning specimen tree blooms large clusters of showy lavender-blue flowers that can brighten the look of any landscape, and attract hummingbirds along the way. In addition to the show-stopping flowers is the soft, feathery, bright-green, fern-like foliage that makes it an ideal tree for adding curb appeal to any front-yard. We also love to use these sub-tropical trees to add filtered shade to patios, decks, and courtyards. Jacaranda thrives in a spot with plenty of full sun exposure, and they are waterwise too so that they are ideal lawn specimens. Click here to read more about Jacaranda!


purple_leaf_plum_flowersPlum Trees (Prunus salicina 'Santa Rosa', Prunus cerasifera): ‘Santa Rosa’ stone fruit trees not only produce one of the juiciest, tangiest, and most flavorful fruits you can find, they can also bloom a showy springtime display of white flowers before the abundant summertime harvest of dark crimson fruit! Santa Rosa Plum trees thrive in a spot with full sun exposure, and we like to use them as a lovely border tree or as an accent in any garden. These are perfect trees for small spaces, excellent for an edible garden, and ideal for use in a sustainable landscape. Moon Valley Nurseries sells low-chill variety stone fruit trees so that they will have good fruit production in our climate. The Purple Leaf Plum, Prunus cerasifera, is an ornamental and an early springtime bloomer that can produce puffy pink flowers! The colors do not end there. In fact, you can enjoy year-round color thanks to the vibrant purple leaves that are sure to make a significant impact on any landscape! Click here to read more about Santa Rosa Plum! Click here to read more about Purple Leaf Plum!


oleander_flowersOleander Tree (Nerium oleander): We like to use these extremely drought-tolerant beauties as an evergreen hedge or tree that can add vibrant color and privacy to any size yard. Colorful, fragrant flowers can be white, red, or pink, arriving in the spring and lasting into fall or longer. In fact, these small-sized trees can bloom most of the year. Hummingbirds are attracted to the aromatic flowers, and these versatile trees can grow from the desert to the coast! Their dark green, leathery, semi-glossy leaves are narrow and add to the year-round interest these trees provide. Click here to read more about Oleander!


desert_museum_palo_verde_bloomMuseum Palo Verde (Cercidium-parkinsonia hybrid): These gorgeous trees can produce a dazzling display of color thanks to their thornless green trunks and large yellow blossoms that appear in spring. With their multi-trunked, sculptural shape, it is easy to see how they resemble their namesake. They are also fast-growing trees that can bring the right amount of shade to your landscape. Homeowners looking for a low maintenance tree that is ideal for a waterwise landscape will find much to love about the Museum Palo Verde! Click here to read more about Museum Palo Verde! 


bottlebrush_bloomLemon Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus): These heat-loving evergreens produce the beautiful red tropical bottlebrush-like blooms that create a stunning contrast with its green foliage. The bright red flowers are fragrant with a pleasing lemony scent that attracts hummingbirds too. We like to use them as a colorful shade tree for gardens or as an attractive privacy screen that can block out unwanted views. Callistemon citrinus is an excellent choice for adding color to a variety of landscapes; they love the heat, are cold hardy, and are drought tolerant once established! Click here to read more about Lemon Bottlebrush!

More Flowering Trees Here!


Moon Valley Nurseries makes it easy to add vibrant color and value to your yard. We not only offer custom-grown trees, but we also guarantee every tree we plant for you. To make things even better, we provide free professional planting on all specimen sized trees!

Topics: Flowering Trees, gardening

How to Grow Tipu Trees

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/13/2017

How to Grow and Care for Tipu Trees

Tipu trees are a welcome addition to any landscape, especially in the desert communities where massive shade is always appreciated. After all, out here in the Southwest, the blazing sun can hammer us with the oppressive heat that can slow us down and physically drain even the toughest individuals. Luckily, there are some things we can do to alleviate the situation – plant more shade trees! And one of the best shade trees you can find anywhere is the Tipuana tipu, the superhero tree of the desert with the broad spreading canopy that provides respite from the heat! When you see these trees, you just want to run right under its canopy! Right now is the best time to plant this ridiculously fast-growing tree so that you can have the shade you want for when the desert sun is at its most oppressive. You can always buy big trees at any of our Moon Valley Nurseries, so here are some tips on how to grow and care for these large and colorful shade trees!tipu_tree_shade_tree


Tipu Trees and #FREEPLANTING!

Tipuana tipu thrives in intense heat. This is good news, since our climate offers ideal growing conditions, whether you have a home in Phoenix or Las Vegas. Giving this tree room to spread is a good idea. We like to properly plant them around a home (we specialize in this!), where they can be used to cool off those hotter rooms and possibly help you lower your utility bill too. With #freeplanting, it cannot get any easier, so be sure to discuss what you need with any of our landscape design experts. Once planted in your landscape, you will love how easy they are to grow and maintain!


Light Needs

Now that you have made the smart decision to have a Tipuana tipu tree installed in your yard, you will want to know how much sun exposure it needs. Well, these trees love full sun exposure, in fact, at least six hours of direct sun per day is ideal. The show of golden blooms in late-spring to summer is prized just as much as the shade coverage these trees produce. So, if you want the best show of flowers, let this tree revel in the sun, while you are comfortably chilling under the cooling shade canopy!

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These trees do have a high drought tolerance once established and except for those sweltering days can go weeks without supplemental watering. However, when it is first planted, it does best with a deep watering. This way, it can help settle the soil around the roots and will also help you determine whether more soil should be leveled around it. One of the best ways to keep the soil moist and not overly wet is with a drip system, so if you do not already have a system set up, our professional planting team can do it.

Our Moon Dust Fertilizer has the primary nutrients of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium, all of which are required for Tipu trees to thrive. Apply the all-purpose fertilizer and watch as this tree grows stronger and flourishes - all without having to use too much water! As great as feeding with our specialized fertilizer may be, too much promotes weak, leafy growth and fewer flowers, so use sparingly, and you will love the results!

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In the Southwest, winter is one of, if not, the best time of the year to prune most landscape trees, and the Tipuana tipu is no exception. After all, who wants to be pruning during a heatwave?! This South American native that loves our western U.S. climate is prized for its upside-down vase shape because it produces all that beautiful shade. Sure, you can just let this tree grow naturally because it still looks attractive. However, by pruning the lower branches high on the trunk, you can develop the canopy to the umbrella-shaped form.

Be sure you have all the right tools before starting the project. You will need a pruning saw and a pruning lopper for moderate work and a chainsaw for the heavy work. Of course, it is a good idea to have gloves and safety glasses too. It is also good to remember that a proper cut will heal quickly. Keep in mind to remove branches that touch other limbs and to prune branches that produce little foliage.

Tipuana_tipu_treesUse the pruning lopper on small branches and the chainsaw for the larger branches. First, for drooping branches, determine whether you want the branch to grow up, down, or sideways. Be sure to prune the branch so that it is close to the shoot or branch, in other words, where you want it to continue growing. Now, for the larger branches, you will want to fire up that chainsaw, but don’t get too crazy with it, after all, you do not want to cut too much off, or else you will lose all that shade coverage. Cut the larger branches that are more than 1.5-inches across, at least 6-to-12-inches from the trunk, and about a third of the way through the branch. You will want to cut the top of the branch about 3-inches away from the bottom cut, and you will want to do this until the branch drops.

There is no need to dread pruning. It is a good way to get outdoors, burn some calories, and you get to shape as you wish! One thing is sure, big trees such as Tipuana tipu make our hot sunny days a little more bearable. Call us today to plant them now so that you are ready for the summer!



Topics: Flowering Trees, Expert, Insider

How to Grow Tipu Trees in Southern California

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 9/5/2017

tipu_tree_front_yardIf you are traveling throughout Southern California, from San Diego to Santa Barbara, you are likely to catch sight of one of the greatest shade trees you can find, the Tipu tree or Tipuana tipu. This tree with the funny name (try repeating the name Tipuana tipu multiple times in a row!) is also a perfect tree for any water wise landscape or in any spot that could use a fast-growing, sizeable tree that offers plenty of shade capability. So as awesome as the shade may be, this is also a colorful flowering tree that puts on a spectacular display all year long, whether it is the golden blooms from late spring to early summer or its feathery, bright bluish green foliage with weeping boughs. These big trees have a beautiful high canopy so that they can provide a very inviting spot to rest under or have a family picnic.

Knowing how to grow this beautiful tree in our area is a breeze because these drought tolerant trees thrive in the heat and love to grow in a spot that gets plenty of full sun exposure. Also, with way more sunny days than not in our area, you can bet that this tree will reward you and your yard with year-round beauty! This beauty thrives in Southern California, from the coastline to the inland valleys and deserts. And to make things even better is how fast they grow! They grow at a ridiculously fast rate so that you can rest assured that this gorgeous tree will be bringing a massive amount of shade and beauty to your property in no time! Of course, since it does grow so fast, you will want to keep on reading for some tips and pointers on how to water, fertilize, prune and care for this magnificent large tree.

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Tipuana tipu is one of those classic street trees and shade trees that can get your property noticed for all the right reasons. Give them ample room to spread. We also like to plant them in larger yards, where, when properly placed around a home, the vast amount of shade they produce can cool off hotter rooms and maybe even help you lower your utility bill! Of course, Moon Valley Nurseries specializes in proper tree placement, and with #freeplanting, it cannot get any easier! We also offer professional landscape design consultations that are free at our nurseries, and for a small fee, available at your property. No matter where you decide to have it planted, it is an easy tree to grow and easy to maintain.



Let's face it, besides the shade coverage these big trees are also prized for their show of golden blooms. If it is the showy late-spring to summer display you are after, plant it in full sun for the best show of flowers. Full sun exposure is at least six hours of continuous, direct sun per day.


Water Needs


When the tree is first planted, it is a smart idea to water it deeply so that it can help settle the soil around the roots. Doing this will also help you figure out if you need to level more soil around the tree. Since this is a woody plant and is drought tolerant once established, it will need less watering. In fact, once established, in Southern California, your tree can go weeks without supplemental watering, except during those extremely hot weather spells or extremely windy weather. We recommend using a drip irrigation system to keep the soil moist, but not wet.


Fertilization is always a good idea for most trees, and this tree is no exception. Of course, always remember to never over fertilize as doing this promotes weak, leafy growth and few flowers. We recommend applying an all-purpose tree fertilizer such as our Moon Valley Nursery Moon Dust fertilizer, which has the primary nutrients of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium for a healthy-looking tree that will grow stronger and flourish with less water.


Get your tools - pruning saw, pruning lopper, and a chainsaw, and get ready to shape! The best time to prune Tipu trees is in late winter. In fact, make sure to avoid pruning in spring as this is their growth period. We also recommend skipping any mid-to-late summer pruning (which is good news for anyone that dreads working in the heat outdoors.) Since these trees grow so fast, it is important to prune them so that they can grow to create the upside-down vase shape that produces the most shade. We recommend pruning the lower branches high on the trunk, and by doing this, you can develop the canopy into an umbrella shape form. For best results, wait until after they finish flowering. Always practice safe pruning. Of course, you can always let the branches droop, but doing this may take away from the beauty of this glorious tree!

tipuana_tipuThis tree is native to South America and is also called the Pride of Bolivia and Rosewood. It is naturally accustomed to the SoCal climate so that it can be the perfect living green ceiling that can cool off any landscape. If you are looking for a tree that can provide a welcome relief from the sun and heat, these tropical looking trees will provide the shade and beauty you want for your backyard or front yard!

The Best Tipu Trees for the Yard!

For an instant landscape that adds beauty and provides ample shade, buy as big as you can. Moon Valley Nurseries has specimen trees available and ready to bring instant gratification! Visit any of our Southern California nurseries and handpick the perfect tree for the perfect spot in your yard!

We make it easy with professional delivery and planting! Visit us today, and we can help beautify your yard so that you can increase property value!

Topics: Flowering Trees, Expert, Insider

How to Properly Care for a Crape Myrtle in Southern California

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 8/25/2017

Crape Myrtles, we all love the sight of these heat-loving beauties in bloom, and in Southern California, it is not unusual to witness the glorious sight of their spectacular colors from summer to late fall! These are one of the few trees that produce vibrantly colored blossoms in the summer, when not much else is in bloom, delighting homeowners and everyone else that catches the sight of these small trees in action. Red, pink, lavender, dark purple, white – these are some of the flower colors you are likely to encounter while making your way to the beach, and the sight of these blooms may even help you relax during your daily commute through Southern California traffic delays. Of course, nothing beats having one or two or three or more of these ornamental beauties adorning your property. So, while we may be busy in our daily lives, at least we can come home to a thriving, beautiful landscape scene that requires very little maintenance and offers plenty of big rewards.


Plant Crape Myrtle anytime of the year in Southern California


Homeowners can plant these ornamental beauties anytime of the year, though many do like to buy them in the summer when the bloom is in full effect. Buying and planting them in the summer is perfectly fine, just be sure to plant them in a spot that gets plenty of full sun exposure and give them infrequent but deep watering while they are transitioning into your landscape. Sometime and somewhere, it was observed that the flowers had a crepe-like texture, which is why you often see it called the “crepe myrtle,” of course, you won’t be having this one for breakfast. Lagerstroemia is deciduous, so they do lose their leaves, but that’s ok because they also have a beautiful peeling bark that makes them attractive all year long. All in all, these are fast growing trees offering numerous blooms that will make your yard the envy of the neighborhood! Lagerstroemia is a beautiful choice for privacy hedges, where they can quickly become thick and bushy trees that provide a blooming privacy screen! We also like to line a driveway with these stunning flowering trees. Tip: plant multiple colors together and create a truly unique and picturesque landscape scene!

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These trees can adapt well to poor soil and are tough plants, so they do not need much fertilizer. In fact, too much fertilizer can result in too much leaf growth and fewer blooms. You can lightly apply fertilizer if your yard has inferior soil, and we recommend a slow-release fertilizer if you choose to do so. Use fertilizer if you need it and do it in the spring when the first leaves start to appear. Lightly fertilize twice a month throughout the spring and summer months and doing this will promote optimal new growth. Of course, you can find the ideal fertilizer you need at any of our Moon Valley Nursery locations throughout Southern California. Don’t forget the mulch! Also, remember, always water the trees after applying the fertilizer.

Water and Light requirements?

Lagerstroemia thrives in full sun, and yes, like any sun-worshipper, they love the heat too, so they grow best in a spot that receives plenty of full sun exposure. In fact, the more sun they get, the more brilliant the blooms, which is great news for those of us in Los Angeles (average of 284 sunny days) and San Diego (average of 146 sunny days), that can’t get enough of the vibrant flowers. So, in short, the more sun, the more blooms! Another splendid thing about these show-stopping trees is how well they tolerate drought conditions. Once established, these drought-tolerant beauties will have little to moderate water requirements!

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Homeowners and landscapers love the versatility of these plants. They look beautiful in Asian gardens, Cottage Gardens, and can be artfully pruned as the perfect addition to any modern garden. Crape myrtles bloom on new wood, so they should be pruned in winter when they are dormant or early spring. With the larger trees, we like to remove the basal suckers, twiggy growth, crossing branches, and those branches that are growing towards the middle of the plant, and doing this can expose the beautiful bark of the trunks – perfect for highlighting with night time landscape lighting. You can always snip off spent flower clusters to neaten the appearance and doing this can also promote a second, lighter bloom. There is no “incorrect” way to prune them, and it is a matter of personal taste, so have fun experimenting! Of course, you can always allow your beautiful tree to grow into its natural shape, and it will still bloom heavily if watered and fertilized properly.

Tools you will need to prune:

You can use any garden pruning tool. However, these are the tools we prefer:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Long-handled loppers
  • Hand shears
  • Chainsaw (for the larger branches)

Moon Valley Nurseries has the perfect Crape Myrtle varieties availablecrape_myrtle_images_for_blog-1.jpg

Moon Valley Nurseries grows all the best varieties for Southern California, offering mildew resistant cultivars that can tolerate coastal conditions. For coastal areas consider ‘Natchez,’ which produces white flowers and orange-red autumn color, ‘Muskogee,’ with lavender flowers and red fall color, and ‘Tuscarora,’ offering pinkish red flowers and orange-red autumn color. Other excellent selections available right now are ‘Dynamite,’ with ruffled red flowers and orange-red fall foliage and ‘Catawba,’ with dark purple flowers and orange-red fall colors. We have the larger trees available right now for immediate gratification! Buy as big as you can if you want an instant landscape full of beauty and color!


We make it easy to have a beautiful, thriving landscape!

SoCal_Moon_valley_professional_planting.jpgThe easiest way to ensure a thriving, beautiful yard that can increase property value is utilizing the professional planting service from Moon Valley Nurseries. This way, you can handpick the perfect flowering trees at any of our nurseries in SoCal and our team will ensure proper planting. Our professional planting service includes the delivery, digging, and planting the trees in the perfect spot in your yard! We also add the mulch, fertilizer and everything we plant is guaranteed to grow.


Topics: Flowering Trees, Insider

How to Grow a Crape Myrtle in San Diego

Posted by Felipe Benavides on 8/22/2017

PURPLE CRAPE MYRTLE.jpgGrowing Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia) trees in San Diego is easy and an excellent way to brighten up any landscape with color! You can see this heat-loving, drought tolerant flowering tree adorning all kinds of landscapes from Coronado to Encinitas and Oceanside, and Escondido to San Carlos and Rancho Del Rey, and everywhere in between our beautiful county. It is easy to see why these lovely trees are a favorite throughout the county – they grow to an ideal height, the canopy establishes quickly and evenly, and the colorful bloom cycle is longer than most! In fact, the bloom is present during the warmer months, and in San Diego, we all know that the warmer months can stretch into November (after all, many of us are often wearing our best board shorts at our Thanksgiving family supper). Thanks to our Mediterranean climate, the growing season in our region lasts all year long, and even though we may be categorized as a desert, having the nearby ocean influences our mild winters and warm summers for a tropical environment that is fitting for these colorful trees.


Crape Myrtles are ideal for growing in the San Diego climate


Our long-standing drought may be over for now. However, low-water use landscaping is always going to be a smart idea where we live, which is another reason why these trees are ideal for our climate. These small trees are drought-tolerant once established and love the sun as well as the heat. With an average of 146 sunny days, it is easy to see why Lagerstroemia love to grow in our local climate. And with their many shades of red, pink, white, and purple, and their super-long blooming cycle, it is easy to see why these Lagerstroemia are such a well-loved single or multi-trunk tree for growing in our area.

Grow them in a spot that gets plenty of full sun; they thrive in the sun and heat!

Once established, these trees are water-wise and drought tolerant with little to moderate water requirements!

Low maintenance, prune to the desired shape or let them grow naturally - beautiful either way!

Hybrids are mildew-resistant – ideal for our coastal communities!

Feed with fertilizer before new growth begins in spring – available at our nurseries!

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Which colors to expect in San Diego

Because of its vibrant bloom, this small tree is often dubbed “the lilac of the South,” and rewards landscapes with color from the South Bay up to North County. So while the dog days of summer may have dried out much of the color in your yard, these flowering trees can breathe new life when other plants fail. San Diego County is blessed with beauty, from the stunning coastline to the wilderness pockets and desert oases, and sprawling natural spaces and Lagerstroemia complements the natural landscape perfectly. Lagerstroemia are the perfect size for any yard, whether your property is in one of our laid-back beach towns or our close-knit suburban communities. You will find them adorning front yards, side yards, along with entrance ways, and next to a driveway. They are ornamental beauties no matter where you plant them, which leads us to our next question. So, what kind of colors can you expect from these smaller sized trees? The answer varies by which variety you choose!



Dynamite (Lagerstroemia indica 'Dynamite') – the ‘Dynamite’ variety is probably the most popular one in our area, especially in the inland areas, where the explosion of blood red flowers breaks up the scenery and transforms any dull landscape. They thrive in warmer locales such as San Marcos, Scripps Ranch, and Poway, to areas far enough from the coast for this variety to grow well, such as Carmel Valley and Rancho Santa Fe. Very water-wise, these trees feature vibrant orange-red foliage that adds to their year-round interest.






Natchez (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Natchez’) pure white flowers bloom all summer and into the fall, transforming any size landscape with the psychological effect of peace and calm brought by the white flowers – perfect for preparing you for the upcoming stress of the holiday season. Adding to the showy display are the leaves that go from dark green to vivid orange-red in the fall. These are Lagerstroemia hybrids, which are an excellent choice for growing in the coastal areas of Del Mar, La Jolla, Encinitas or Point Loma. Use them as one of the showiest privacy screens you can find!

Muskogee (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Muskogee') – you will love the sight of the crape_myrtle_pink_flowersprofuse bloom of lavender-pink flowers that can soften any harsh landscape. We like to grow these trees throughout the county and plant them as a specimen or group planting. These are an excellent choice for urban gardens, where they can add a splash of color to landscapes in North Park and Mission Hills. With their attractive, smooth, cinnamon colored bark, this is an excellent candidate for up-lighting with nighttime landscape lighting too. Fertilize in spring and prune the spent flowers for a neat appearance. This hybrid Lagerstroemia is another good choice for coastal planting.Lagerstroemia hybrids, which are an excellent choice for growing in the coastal areas of Del Mar, La Jolla, Encinitas or Point Loma. Use them as one of the showiest privacy screens you can find!


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Catawba (Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba') – mass planting this profuse bloomer can produce a purple haze all in your landscape thanks to the long-lasting clusters of dark purple flowers. Let them grow naturally, and they can get to be a large size tree that casts plenty of shade too. We like to plant them in a spot where everyone can enjoy the bloom and the beautiful multi-colored bark. Their improved disease resistance and mildew resistance make these trees a favorite throughout the county, from the coastal communities to inland!

Professional planting of your Crape Myrtle is the easiest and best way!

Growing and maintaining one of these ornamental beauties in your landscape is the natural part, so why not keep things smooth and easy with professional planting. The Moon Valley Nurseries professional planting team does all the hard work and ensures that you get the perfect tree planted in the perfect spot in your yard! Visit any of our nurseries today and discover how to beautify your landscape with Crape Myrtles so that we can handpick the perfect tree for the perfect spot in your yard! 

Topics: Flowering Trees, landscape tips, Insider

Top Trees For Pink Flowers In Spring And Summer

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 4/27/2017

 Top trees for amazing pink flowers

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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.

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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 white blooms. Check back next week for flowering trees with red blooms!

crape-4.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.

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.

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Named for its resemblance to Willows, this drought tolerant water-wise tree performs well in any landscape in our region. This hardy tree handles extreme temperature ranges and produces exotic-looking blooms from May to September. This fast grower requires little maintenance and does best with just enough water to keep it green and blooming throughout the warm summer months. Also of note, the Desert Willow comes in a variety of cultivars with remarkable differences in flower color, leaf form, and branching characteristics.


The Chitalpa tree, x Chitalpa tashkentensis, a hybrid of Catalpa and Desert Willow trees, is a medium sized tree noted for its big and bright pink, white or lavender blooms that appear from late spring and into fall. It’s an ornamental shade and street tree that is bird friendly and sure to attract hummingbirds and pollinators into your garden. A Chitalpa tree is attractive even when not in bloom. Its soft green leaves and foliage create an inviting landscape presence. In fact, its thin leaves and open branching casts a light shade, making it easy to garden under the tree. It adds a great color contrast with bronze and burgundy and looks fantastic with lavender, pink, purple, silver and white flowering plants.


purple-1.pngPurple Leaf Plum
If you want to turn heads on your landscape, the Purple Leaf Plum is an excellent pick. This deciduous tree features magnificent deep-purple foliage and breathtaking blooms of puffy pink flowers in early spring. Though it can be planted alone, the Purple Leaf Plum really stands out in accent locations and against green backdrops, allowing its purple foliage to really stand out. It's cold and heat tolerant and as an ornamental tree, the Purple Leaf Plum produces no fruit and practically no litter. An excellent addition to any space where strong color is desired.

Now that you know the best pink flowering trees for our region, be sure to check back next week to see the best trees for pink 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