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Helpful information about the Royal Star Magnolia Tree

The Royal Star Magnoliaroyal starmagnolia tree


The Royal Star Magnolia is an early blooming tree with large, fragrant, double white flowers. Star Magnolias are interestingly a member of one of the most ancient flowering plant families in the world.

It’s beautiful white flowers begin to appear even before the foliage emerges in spring. This tree produce fragrant blossoms that last throughout the spring and into the summer. Note, due to late frosts, that can stretch into the early spring – damage on blooming flowers on the Royal Star Magnolia is common.

Did you know? The Royal Star Magnolia is considered an open-branched, multi-trunked ‘large shrub’ – but is commonly referred to as a small tree.

What you should know about the Royal Star Magnolia tree

Royal Star Magnolias should be planted in moist soil. However, the magnolia requires well-drained soil. While this tree requires a great deal of water to thrive, it cannot tolerate soaking in soil, as ‘root rot’ is common.

They require shelter from heavy winds to protect it’s developing buds.

Plant your magnolia near other trees or a retaining wall, or on the side of your home.

The magnolia can thrive not only in full sunlight but also in partial shade; it requires six to eight hours of exposure to the sun per day.

Ready for your Royal Star Magnolia?

Contact the experts at Arbor Hills Trees and Landscaping for more information. Click HERE to visit our website.


Skyrocket Juniper Trees


If you’re interested in spending more time enjoying your yard and less time caring for it, the low-maintenance Skyrocket Juniper is a perfect choice. This forgiving tree will reward you with hassle-free greenery for years to come.

The stately Skyrocket Juniper columnar evergreen grows rapidly to 20 feet, but rarely exceeds 20 inches in width. Dense, gray-green foliage makes the Skyrocket Juniper an attractive and versatile plant for landscaping your yard.


Gardeners use it in narrow, hard-to-fill spaces but it also does well as a wind-blocking hedge for your yard too. Elegant and easy to care for, the skyrocket juniper needs little from humans but admiration; it is resistant to deer and drought.

Once the Skyrocket Juniper is well-established, it’s extremely drought tolerant, As it will grow beautifully in most conditions with only very occasional watering. It grows best in full sun, although it can tolerate some shade. The Skyrocket Juniper is cold-tolerant, too.

If your ready to add a juniper to your yard, call Arbor Hills Trees and Landscaping. We are located in Omaha, Nebraska.



Moist spots in your yard? A Niobe Weeping Willow Tree may be a great solution.


Niobe Weeping Willow is a popular Willow due to its golden yellow coloring.Willows are known for their falling canopy of foliage. The branches shift and flow with the breeze – that further adds to this unique tree’s appeal. A Willow is simply one of the most elegant and restful trees you can have in your yard, and the Niobe cultivar is no exception.

A Niobe Weeping Willow is recognized for its coloring.  The four-inch, narrow leaves have finely-toothed edges that maintain a lively green-yellow color during the summer months.  The leaves also have a whitish hue on the undersides, a charming compliment to the vibrant foliage and decorative golden bark.

Plant one in a side or back yard where space is sufficient for its size and spread.  As said in the title of the blog, this tree does well in those low, moist spots in your yard where other trees may struggle to grow. This may be a great tree if your yard has a low slope where water accumulates.

A Niobe Weeping Willow is a fast-growing tree, reaching heights of 60 feet or more with at least a 40 foot spread.  It doesn’t mind being trimmed or left to grow naturally. The Niobe is tolerant of deer and can withstand some drought when mature.  Niobe is one of the hardiest of the Willows, and even in the winter months is sure to delight with its golden coloring.  It’s also popular as shelter for birds.

The Willow is valued for its uniquely beautiful appearance and will certainly be a valued asset to your landscape. Thinking of adding a Willow to your yard this year? Call Arbor Hills Trees & Landscaping.

Thinking Ahead – Anticipatory Tree Planting Information



In a recent article in the Daily Nebraskan, Eric Berg of the Nebraska Forest Service noted, “Nebraska has seen significant tree loss over the last few years. Emerald ash borer (EAB) and other pests, diseases and severe weather will result in even more dramatic loss in coming years.”

Berg recommends what he calls “anticipatory planting” – Meaning, planting a tree years, or decades ahead of the removal of a declining tree due to aging or disease proneness.

Homeowners often plant trees to fill a vacant space or for landscaping a new construction home or building. However, if you have a property with several mature trees, the anticipatory planting method may be something you want to consider.  Berg suggests planting a new tree near one that is anticipated to eventually decline.

There are numerous considerations to make when doing this.  Root space is one factor. Sunlight is another. Your replacement tree must tolerate low levels of light if planted too close to the existing trees canopy. Most species of trees require six hours of direct sunlight in the growing season, but some trees can do less, like certain species of Maples.

The Nebraska Forest Service suggests that the best placement for the new tree is at the current tree’s canopy edge to the east, south or west. A northward planting is likely to cause too much shade for the growing replacement tree.

A resource for successful tree planting can be found from ReTree Nebraska or you can put your planting specifics in the hands of a professional such as Arbor Hills Trees and Arbor Hills Landscaping. We’re happy to guide you through the process, help you devise a planting strategy, and implement your planting needs.  Call us for a quote today at 402.895.3635

Why is mulching important?


Mulching is the most beneficial thing a home owner can do for the health of a young tree. Mulches are materials placed on the soil surface to improve soil structure, oxygen levels, temperature and moisture availability. Properly applied, mulch can give landscapes a handsome, well-groomed appearance.

Which tree is my best bet, if I don’t want a large tree?

“I don’t want a tree that gets too big..so which tree is best?”

starting to bloomDon’t worry, we hear it all the time. For most people, it is because they have a smaller front yard and don’t want a massive tree crowding the space or their landscaping is already established, and again the space is limited.  If you want a columnar tree, the Armstrong Maple or the Regal Prince Oak is the best. If you want to find a smaller tree perfect for a front yard, we suggest a pear tree or possibly a crab tree. Feel free to give Arbor Hills Trees a call. We can help you find a great tree, that will fit perfectly in your yard.