Category: Plants

The Remarkable Camellia Plant

The Remarkable Camellia Plant

If you have spent any time touring around the deep south portions of the U.S. during the winter months, you undoubtably have noticed the full, bright colors of the iconic Camellia plant.  Typically available in flowering colors of red, white, and pink, the Camellia plant stands out during drab cool days of winter as some of the most beautiful colors around.  For this reason, the Camellia flower is often referred to as the “rose of winter”.  Loved and honored so much for its beauty, the Camellia was named the state flower within the great state of Alabama.

The Camellia plant is relatively easy to grow.  There are hundreds of varieties of Camellias, ranging in different sizes, colors, and shapes.  The Camellia plant is often planted as an ornamental plant that mixes well in landscaping borders and natural areas within one’s yard.  They tend to thrive in shaded areas that have good, moist soil and are regularly sheltered from strong winds and cold temperatures.  Camellias typically bloom from October until May, with their peak season ranging from January to February.  These shrubs provide wonderful, peaceful color as each New Year begins to form.

Although one probably believes that the Camellia plant is original to the United States’ southern states, it actually originated in Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan.  This evergreen shrub offers hardy, strong leaves that blend in nicely with the south’s surroundings all year-round.  While the flowers are blooming during the cool months, this shrub offers exquisite, colorful spots among an otherwise bland backdrop.  As previously mentioned, the plant usually has blooms that are red, white, and pink; however, there are also varieties of purple, orange, and multi-colored flowers.

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All About Crepe Myrtles

All About Crepe Myrtles

If you have spent any time driving around the southern part of the United States, then undoubtedly, you have seen the iconic crepe myrtle bushes in all their splendid colors.  Perhaps you have seen these beauties, and just didn’t know what they were called.  For those of you that fall into this category, you could use the computer support Birmingham AL has to offer, or you could just continue reading this informative article.

The crepe myrtle, coincidentally also spelled crape myrtle by some, is one of the most brilliant shrubs in the South.  It could be mistaken for a full-fledged tree, as some varieties reach heights of 25 feet or more, but it is classified as a shrub.

In addition to having very distinctive, speckled bark on its’ trunk and branches, the crepe myrtle blooms blossom in a variety of flashy, gorgeous colors, including; white, purple, red, pink, and fuchsia.  If you have your eyes trained to look for them, the crepe myrtles can be located in southern towns everywhere.  You can easily spot them in shopping center parking lots, along roads and highways, on school grounds, hospital grounds, business center grounds, and in neighborhoods galore.  They are a subtle shrub, due to their delicate branches, but their blooms put on quite a show for those that pay attention.

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