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 Post subject: Be Still Shrub
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:18 pm 

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Peruviana, also known as Be-still, is a shrub with lance-shaped leaves and apricot colored flowers. The Be-Still in my yard in Molokai, Hawaii, has, up until recently, been ignored by the local deer population. Unfortunately, the deer just recently started feasting on the Be-Still bushes. Why the sudden interest? Will they stop or will their newly acquired taste for Peruviana become a habit?

 Post subject: Re: Be Still Shrub
PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:05 am 
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Peruviana, also known as Be-still tree, is an upright, open shrub or small tree with lance-shaped, mid- to green leaves. Produces scented apricot-yellow flowers, followed by triangular-ovoid, red, later black seed pods. In general, Thevetia is fast growing. Foliage is glossy and deep green, flowers are clusters of yellow funnel-shaped flowers. Can be used as hedges, or trained into tree form. They require full sun, heat and regular moisture, and are not very frost tolerant. This is a poisonous plant. Seeds are highly toxic if ingested.

It is necessary to prune your deciduous flowering shrub for two reasons: 1. By removing old, damaged or dead wood, you increase air flow, yielding in less disease. 2. You rejuvenate new growth which increases flower production.
Pruning deciduous shrubs can be divided into 4 groups: Those that require minimal pruning (take out only dead, diseased, damaged, or crossed branches, can be done in early spring.); spring pruning (encourages vigorous, new growth which produces summer flowers - in other words, flowers appear on new wood); summer pruning after flower (after flowering, cut back shoots, and take out some of the old growth, down to the ground); suckering habit pruning (flowers appear on wood from previous year. Cut back flowered stems by 1/2, to strong growing new shoots and remove 1/2 of the flowered stems a couple of inches from the ground) Always remove dead, damaged or diseased wood first, no matter what type of pruning you are doing.

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