Add Interest To Your Landscape With A Japanese Plume Cedar

By Nancy Penrose

The Japanese Plume Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans’) is a beautiful addition to any landscape. This evergreen conifer is a member of the cypress family (Cupressaceae), and therefore, is really a cypress tree and not a true cedar. The Japenese cedar seedlings were introduced first into Britain in 1854 from Japan by Thomas Lobb, a British botanist who collected plants throughout the Philippines, India and Indonesia.

The Japanese Plume Cedar is a shrubby ornamental plant that can reach heights of up to 15 feet with a diameter of around 10 feet in about 10 years. Plant height at maturity is around 30 feet. Continue reading

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Housing Developer Gets Help from Big Trees Inc.

Housing Project Receives Addition of Several Large Trees Throughout Property

SEATTLE, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/) a tree transplanting and tree nursery company located in the Seattle metropolitan area, recently assisted with the tree transplant of several large cedars at the site of a housing development project in Kirkland, Washington. The project involved digging the trees, balling them up and moving them from one area to another on the site of the development project. The trees were replanted and staked carefully and the property owners were then given guidelines for the proper care and watering of the trees. Continue reading

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Root Rot in Pacific Northwest Trees

by Nancy Penrose

Root rot is one of the most serious types of big tree diseases. The health of a tree with root disease will deteriorate over time until the tree eventually dies. The rot, which can also affect the butts of big trees, is usually caused by fungi.

Root rot is typically found in older trees or trees with damaged roots. Trees with root rot often have dieback, leaf loss and leaf discoloration. The tree’s growth is also stunted by the rot, both in height and diameter. Continue reading

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Landscaping Project to Move Trees into Property Via Barge

Large Trees Transported to Private Property Owner for Landscaping by Big Trees Inc.

SEATTLE, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree nursery and tree transplanting company in the Seattle area, recently undertook an unusual project which involves barging in trees to a lakeside property. Due to limited access for the large trees requested for the project, a barge and crane were obtained for purposes of transporting the trees to the property. The company has now obtained all necessary equipment and the project will commence shortly. Continue reading

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The Magnificent Spruce

By Nancy Penrose

There are three types of spruce trees that are native to the Pacific Northwest, the Engelemann spruce, sitka spruce and brewer spruce. A fourth spruce, the Colorado blue spruce, is a popular ornamental tree that can also be found throughout the area. Continue reading

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Company Adds Green to its Parking Lot Landscape

Big Trees Inc Installs Large Number of Cedars and Sequoias for Landscaping Project

SEATTLE, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/) a tree transplanting and tree nursery company servicing the greater Seattle area, is helping companies go green. The company recently worked with a local Seattle company, making some large additions to the otherwise plain parking lot and grounds. Big Trees installed a large number of Cedar and Sequoia trees, over 40 trees, each measuring over 16’ feet tall, making for a significant addition to the local ambience. Continue reading

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The Amazing Katsura Tree

By Nancy Penrose

Katsura is the common name of two species of big trees that are native to China and Japan. They are both members of the Cercidiphyllum genus, and relatives of the magnolia and tulip trees. The word “katsura” means tree in Japanese. According to folklore, the Katsura represents the joining of the earth and sky.

The Katsura has a pyramid shape, and is well-suited for large-area landscapes, both as a shade and accent tree. It began appearing in Western gardens during the early part of the 19th century, but didn’t become popular as an ornamental until the 1960s. Continue reading

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Homeowner Regains Former Landscape Thanks to Big Trees Inc

Vandalism Damage Reversed Thanks to Efforts of Tree Transplantation Company

SEATTLE, WA: Big Trees Inc. (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree installation and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, recently helped restore the landscape of a local resident after an act of vandalism left him without trees in his backyard. The tree transplant company was able to bring in new trees from the company’s tree nursery in Snohomish, WA, and the project was completed to the full satisfaction of the homeowner. Continue reading

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Big Trees Inc. Repairs Damage to Trees from Delivery Truck Crash

Auto Accident Damage to Local Trees Expertly Handled by Tree Transplanting Company

SEATTLE, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/) a tree transplant and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, recently helped repair damage to trees on the site of a delivery truck crash. The crash occurred on a private property and uprooted several large Leyland Cypress trees. Big Trees Inc. was able to replant and restore the damaged trees to their original condition and restore the landscaping as well. Continue reading

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Hemlock Trees in Landscaping and Gardens

by Nancy Penrose

Hemlock is the common name of the Tsuga, a member of the pine family and conifer genus. When the tree’s leaves are crushed, they smell like the poison hemlock plant (the plant that killed Socrates). However, unlike the plant, the tree is not poisonous.

Hemlocks thrive where there is moisture and cool temperatures, including areas with snow. They are considered medium-size trees, and can grow to almost 200 ft. in height. The bark of the tree, which has a scaly appearance with deep furrows, ranges in color from a dark, charcoal grey to reddish brown.

The hemlock’s wood is made into pulp, and its bark is used for tanning leather. Tea can be made from the tree’s needles. Hemlocks are also used in landscaping and gardens. Continue reading

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