The Chinese Juniper, also known as the 'Pom Pom' Juniper is a popular fountain-like, upward-spreading ornamental tree with light silver blue foliage which remains throughout the year. It typically grows to 5-7' tall and to 8-10' wide with unique Dr. Seuss like shapes. This tree was very popular from the 1950s to the 1980s, so it's common to see these in mid-century Colorado neighborhoods. The 'Pom Pom' Juniper has become popular again as it is a great ornamental landscape tree for small spaces, in front of bay windows (as pictured), or as a patio accent.
This needled evergreen requires full sun and is very tolerant of urban air pollution, varying types of soils, and dry conditions. This tree requires occasional watering—mainly just in the very hot summer months and maybe once or twice in November/December if there isn't much snow/rain. These Junipers do very well in Colorado and are not susceptible to many problems, so they are a very tolerant and hearty choice. This tree grows moderately fast.
The fun with this tree is how you can shear it into unique shapes once it is established. It should be trimmed and shaped in the winter months as it can get brown burnout spots if trimmed during the hot months.
Yellow Golden Delicious Apple
This highly productive tree produces more delicious apples than you can find in supermarkets. The large, golden yellow apples ripens in late September and have a crisp sweet flavor. A favorite for cooking, baking, and eating fresh. Yellow Golden Delicious apples store well, and can last 3-6 months if refrigerated. It typically takes 3 years after planting until the tree begins to produce fruit.
ArborAdvisor promotes planting the semi-dwarf variety for Colorado which grows to between 12-15 feet tall with a similar width, requiring less garden space. This also allows you to pick the apples without needing a tall ladder to reach the top. This is a nice looking small tree which has beautiful pink and white spring flowers. The flowers are followed by smooth green leaves which casts a nice shade underneath. The tree's leaves turn a beautiful yellow in the fall.
Full sun is required and it is recommended that the tree is pruned annually. The Yellow Golden Delicious Apple tree requires watering in the summer heat especially in the first couple years after planting while the roots are getting established. These trees are best planted in lawn areas and as an accent tree. It is cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. This is a self-pollinating tree, meaning, you only have to plant one to get fruit. If you're planting other apple trees, this tree acts as a very reliable pollinator for other apple varieties.
Hardy to -30°F Maximum elevation: 7,000 ft.
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