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Posted - Oct. 27, 2001 at 1:59 p.m.

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Several minor maples are useful for planting in Utah landscapes. Now is a ood >time to look at them because these three all have excellent fall color. hey are >less common so they may require some shopping to find the best selection ut >many full service nurseries have them in stock. Until the weather gets xtremely >cold and the ground freeze hard it is OK to plant. > >Consider these trees for accents and for landscape use. They are not good treet >trees. > >Acer griseum--Paperbark Maple > >Paperbark maple has peeling, papery bark. The bark begins peeling on 2 or year >old branches. The tree is hardy, grows 35 to 40 feet tall, and is hard to >propagate. Paperbark maple has scarlet autumn foliage coloration. > >Acer ginnala--Amur Maple > >Amur maple is an excellent, low growing tree for small yards. It can be a >multi-stemmed clump or have a single trunk. The tree grows about 20 feet all >and has an upright, rounded growth habit with dense branching. The main >ornamental value of amur maple is red fall color and fruit. The fruit have >bright pink wings. Amur maple is hardy, a rapid grower and tolerates poor oil. >The plant is sometimes used in hedges or screens. > >Acer tataricum--Tatarian Maple > >Tatarian maple tolerates sun or partial shade and most soil types. A ense, low >branched, multistemmed shrub or small tree, the plant reaches a height and >spread of 30 feet. Tatarian maple transplants well and has a moderate rowth >rate. The ornamental characteristics are the fruit and fall color. The inged >fruit are borne and in late summer turn bright red. The fall color is red o >yellow. Larry A. Sagers >Regional Horticulturist >Utah State University >Thanksgiving Point Office > > >Brent Heath is teaching Hooked on Daffodils Saturday November 3rd 7 B 9 .m. at >Red Butte Gardens. Pay at the door. The Wasatch Rock Garden Society, Utah ative >Plant Society, Utah Nursery and Landscape Association and Utah State >University/Salt Lake County Master Gardeners are cosponsoring the orkshops. >Members $5.00 Nonmembers $7.00 > >Brent Heath is a third generation bulb grower and co-owner with his wife, ecky, >of Brent and Becky's Bulbs, a mail order bulb supplier. > >The Heaths have a 10-acre display garden and trial farm in Gloucester, irginia >where they currently grow over 3000 cultivars and species of all types of ulbs. >They are hybridizers of daffodils and specialty bulbs. They are busy as lower >bulb suppliers, garden writers, photographers, lecturers, consultants and >educators. They are the co-authors of Daffodils for American Gardens, an ward >winning 140 page horticultural reference. > >Through the slide lectures, Brent Heath will share his love of gardening nd >give many new ideas that will help you have more colorful and successful >gardens. His goal is to share his experience in growing bulbs so you might row >them better. > > >What to Plant this Fall Where Deer & Squirrels are Voracious > >Garden pests such as deer, gophers and squirrels are a real problem in any >areas of the country. Despite centuries of land development, the deer opulation >in the U.S. is far greater now than when the Pilgrims landed. For ardeners in >areas where such pests are voracious the big question is, "What won’t hose >animals eat?" > >In fall, gardeners gear up to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Animal pests onsider >some of the most popular bulbs, such as tulips and crocuses, treats. thers, >such as daffodils and alliums, are generally shunned because of their itter >taste. Of course, if deer are truly starving, they’ll eat just about nything, >including the bark off trees! But planting bulbs pests don’t prefer will reatly >improve a garden’s overall survivability in problem areas. > >Following is a “Quick List of Pest-Resistant Bulbs” from the etherlands Flower >Bulb Information Center in New York City. All are ranked high on beauty nd low >on pest-appeal. > >Allium, ornamental onion. Bloom late spring to early summer. Hardy in USDA#ones >4-8, depending on variety. > >Camassia. Bloom late spring. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8. > >Chionodoxa, glory of the snow. Bloom late winter, early spring. Hardy in SDA >Zones 4-8. > >Colchicum. Bloom late summer and fall. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8, depending n >variety. > >Crocus tommasinianus. Bloom late winter, early spring. Hardy in USDA Zones -8. > >Eranthis, winter aconite. Bloom late winter, early spring. Hardy in USDA#ones >4-7. > >Fritillaria. Bloom mid to late spring, depending on variety. Hardy in USDA#ones >4-8. > >Galanthus nivalis, snowdrop. Bloom late winter, early spring. Hardy in SDA >Zones 4-8. > >Hyacinthoides hispanica, Spanish bluebell. Bloom late spring. Hardy in SDA >Zones 4-10. > >Hyacinthus, hyacinth. Bloom mid-spring. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8. > > Ipheion. Blooms early- to late-spring, depending on variety. Hardy in SDA >Zones 4-9. > >Leucojum, snowflake. Bloom mid- to late-spring. Hardy in USDA Zones 4-8.øThere >is also a fall-blooming Leucojum autumnale, hardy in zones 5-9) > >Muscari, graph hyacinth. Blooms mid- to late-spring, depending upon ariety. >Hardy in USDA Zones 4-9. > >Narcissus, daffodil. Blooms early- to late-spring, depending upon variety. ardy >in USDA Zones 4-11, depending upon variety. > >Ornithogalum. Blooms early to mid-spring. Hardy in USDA Zones 5-8. > >Oxalis. Blooms mid-spring to fall, depending on variety. Hardy in USDA#ones >7-10, depending on variety. > >Scilla. Blooms early spring, to early summer, depending upon variety. ardy in >USDA Zones 4-10, depending upon variety. > > > Larry A. Sagers >Regional Horticulturist >Utah State University >Thanksgiving Point Office >


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