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These Trees and Shrubs Thrive in Containers

Bob Vila Logo By Glenda Taylor of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 11: To enjoy container-grown shrubs for as long as possible, select a pot that holds a minimum of 3 gallons of soil or potting mix; for trees, 5-gallon pots (or larger) are best. Before buying, research the tree’s mature size, especially if you want to cultivate it indoors or bring it inside over the winter. Plants that spend the winter outdoors should be hardy (perennial) in your location. Check the USDA Plant Hardiness Map to determine whether the tree you want is well-suited to your region. Slower growing trees and shrubs will provide years of shade, foliage, and blooms, making them a better investment than varieties that quickly outgrow a planter or pot. The varieties we’ve selected will thrive for many years, becoming more beautiful and valuable as they grow.

Container Care

To enjoy container-grown shrubs for as long as possible, select a pot that holds a minimum of 3 gallons of soil or potting mix; for trees, 5-gallon pots (or larger) are best. Before buying, research the tree’s mature size, especially if you want to cultivate it indoors or bring it inside over the winter. Plants that spend the winter outdoors should be hardy (perennial) in your location. Check the USDA Plant Hardiness Map to determine whether the tree you want is well-suited to your region. Slower growing trees and shrubs will provide years of shade, foliage, and blooms, making them a better investment than varieties that quickly outgrow a planter or pot. The varieties we’ve selected will thrive for many years, becoming more beautiful and valuable as they grow.

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