Trees and Shrubs forum→Pix of my recent plantings (ilex vomitoria/Prairie Fire crabapples)

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Name: Elizabeth
Middle Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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pawsplus
Jan 24, 2021 8:03 AM CST
OK! So thanks to you guys :-), here is where I am right now.

FIRST: ILEX VOMITORIA ("Nana")

Here is my place with the too-big, too woody azaleas in place. I am not posting a pic of them in bloom b/c that makes me feel bad for removing them, plus you would think they look great b/c, well, they WERE beautiful for about 1 week a year! You can see how I had to hack at the inside edges just to be able to get to the front door LOL.

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And here it is with the new ilex vomitoria ("Nana"). Please note that I only mulched around the ilex--my SIL is working on a design for me for the beds, with perennials, so it didn't make much sense to do the rest yet. The beds will be coming out a few feet to make room for those. The rock border is, right now, strewn around the yard, and the grass looks like hell b/c of the tractor that pulled out the azaleas. So it's all still very much a work in progress. But I love the ilex! I hope that it makes berries, but I don't see a male plant in either container. So I may need to get a male "Nana" and plant it nearby so they can have "relations." ;-)

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See next post in this thread for the crabapples!

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Name: Elizabeth
Middle Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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pawsplus
Jan 24, 2021 8:10 AM CST
SECOND, THE TINY CRABAPPLE ORCHARD!

They are hard to see in the pix b/c they are thin saplings, but I am posting pix anyway!

You have to look closely to see them here. I really wish I had take a pic of the ENORMOUS stand of privet that used to be there. Mostly the stumps were within 5 feet of the fence, but the privet reached down almost to the parking area. It was massive and took us weeks to eradicate. I am still working on pulling out the remaining small privet stalks and runners, as well as ivy, and raking all the sticks and such out. Then I will plant grass.

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Here are, from left, trees 1, 2, and 3. I made basins and mulched them (but no mulch right up against the trunks Smiling I am really glad I got all 3. I felt badly trying to choose (thereby saying that one wasn't "good enough" (I know I need to work on my tendency to personify plants!)), and my SIL says things look better in 3s anyway.

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Name: Elizabeth
Middle Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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pawsplus
Jan 24, 2021 8:12 AM CST
BTW, does anyone know what those other plants in the ilex bed are? They are all the same kind and have been there since I moved in (17 years) and they mind their own business, so I may leave them. I need to ask my SIL too, but might as well see if you can tell. I can get better pix of them as well.
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Jan 24, 2021 9:20 AM CST
Those look like one of the compact selections of Nandina domestica. Some close up pictures of them would help solidify the ID.

Nice work!
John
Name: Elizabeth
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pawsplus
Jan 24, 2021 9:36 AM CST
Oh! I thought THESE were nandina. They are on the sides of the house (I just hacked them down b/c they were way too tall), not in the beds. I have been doing a LOT of hacking.

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Here is a pic of the ones in the beds. Are they nandina too?? I known nandina is "bad." Toxic berries, even for birds? I like the color though, esp since I recently painted my doors red.

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Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Jan 24, 2021 11:08 AM CST
Such a great job, Elizabeth!

It's looking beautiful. nodding
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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ViburnumValley
Jan 24, 2021 11:41 AM CST
Hi pawsplus:

Yes, both your pictures are Nandina domestica. Isn't this fun?

The ones you whacked are likely the normal/standard species. The ones you find more colorful are one of the dwarfer/more compact selections. There's probably a dozen of them. The dwarfer ones don't seem to set fruit (at least not up here in KY). This is a species identified as an invasive exotic species in southern states, though. I am not aware of its toxicity to animals/birds, but all things considered: why not grow natives that animals and birds are supposed to eat, and they'll deposit the seeds for free in woodlands and natural areas where they are probably needed?

Of course, this then means you'll have even more room for hollies, viburnums, and any other of many many perfectly suitable trees, shrubs, vines, and flowers...
John
Name: Elizabeth
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pawsplus
Jan 24, 2021 12:42 PM CST
My SIL confirmed nandina and said to leave them for now. I am trying not to get overwhelmed LOL. She is working on a design for my beds and I can always take those out later on, right? For now, they are good background she says. We will thin them out (when she is here to supervise LOL). :-)

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