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Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica)

on Sunday, 17 January 2021. Posted in Deer resistant, Landscape architect, Landscape contractor

Privacy Screens and Hedges

portugueseLaurelCloseOf all the laurels used for hedges and privacy screens, Portuguese laurel is an all-time favorite. They have all the benefits of English laurel varieties, but what makes them unique is their striking red stems that contrast perfectly with the narrow, dark green leaves. They are also more heat tolerant than their English cousins.

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As an extra bonus, they produce clusters of fluffy, fragrant, white flowers in late spring, and black berries for the birds in fall. Maybe the best part of all… they are remarkably deer resistant! We see them planted in Jacksonville, untouched, next to deer ravaged English laurel.

 

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In general, laurels grow fast, have a dense branching habit, are shade and sun tolerant, and have large glossy green leaves that respond well to being trimmed. Consistently trimming laurel hedges encourages new bushier growth. If you are going for a more natural-looking hedge, just trim it less often. Maintaining Portuguese laurel to your desired height and depth is easy to do once you get the hang of it. They can grow anywhere from 18-24” each year, and if not maintained, they can reach 18-20’ tall and 10-15’ wide, or larger. They can easily be kept in the 8-10' range with pruning.

Portuguese laurels prefer well-draining soil and do well in full sun to part shade. They become moderately drought tolerant once the root system is established.

Be sure to take a look at the Watering Guidelines for the Rogue Valley and Tree Planting Guide resources available on our website.

Job Posting

on Sunday, 10 January 2021. Posted in Landscape architect, Landscape contractor

Hiring for Spring! Grower assistant and Retail sales help

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Job Description #1- Grower Assistant

Shooting Star Nursery is seeking an individual to join its growing and propagation team!  The primary task of this position is to plant and grow from start to finish a diverse variety of ornamental grasses, perennials & shrubs that are regionally appropriate for the Rogue Valley.  Other tasks include:  Watering, fertilizing, plant cut back & grooming, equipment & tool operation, weeding & sanitation, staking, propagation & division of new plants, greenhouse & growing area maintenance, labeling, data recording & pulling/loading & unloading of orders are also needed.   This is a fast paced environment that requires working in all weather conditions.  Experience with plants is preferred.  Strong work ethic, punctual, team participation and willingness to learn and take on new tasks are required.   Occasional weekend watering is required and must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. occasionally.   Position runs from Feb 22nd to October 22nd.  Up to 40 hrs. a week during busy season tapering down slightly during slow seasons.  Potential for a repeating job every year from Feb to October and potential for growth into retail sales if knowledgable and a way to expand hours.

Skills you'll need:

*be willing and eager to learn- there is a ton to learn about plants at our 10 acre nursery with over 2000 different plants and trees we offer, great opportunity for those wanting to expand their plant knowledge

*be organized and detail oriented

*dependable and hard working

*take initiative and notice details

Our Nursery:

Shooting Star Nursery prides itself on providing exceptional customer service as well as outstanding plants that make sense for our climate. We grow a lot of the plants we sell and have a well rounded staff that feel like family, many for 10 years now. There is a huge knowledge base among our staff, so this is a great place to learn your plants.  Plus you get to be outside all day enjoying all that southern Oregon has to offer.

Hourly pay dependent on experience, will include group health plan and IRA plan after one year of employment. Paid time off is 1 hour for 30 hours worked.  

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Job Description #2- Retail Sales Assistant

Shooting Star Nursery is seeking an enthusiastic plant person to assist with retail and wholesale customers  The primary task of this position is to assist customers in choosing plants among a diverse variety of ornamental grasses, perennials, shrubs, and trees that are regionally appropriate for the Rogue Valley.  You will assist customers in loading their vehicles and making sure wholesale orders are loaded correctly as well as ringing up customers (which requires knowing botanical names).   This can be a fast paced environment during the busy season of spring and fall that requires working in all weather conditions.  Experience with plants is a must, and strong consideration given to those with knowledge of botanical names and nursery experience.  There is a lot of exciting new things to learn but a strong base of plants and how they are organized will be helpful.  Strong work ethic, punctual, team participation and willingness to learn and take on new tasks are required.   Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. occasionally and pull a cart load of plants.   Position runs from mid Feb to mid November.  Up to 40 hrs. a week during busy season (includes Saturdays) at time and a half) tapering down to 20-30 hours a week during slower seasons.  Potential for a repeating job every year from Feb to November and potential for growth into other areas of the nursery to expand hours.

Our Nursery:

Shooting Star Nursery prides itself on providing exceptional customer service as well as outstanding plants that make sense for our climate. We grow a lot of the plants we sell and have a well rounded staff that feel like family, many for 10 years now. There is a huge knowledge base among our staff, so this is a great place to learn your plants.  Plus you get to be outside all day enjoying all that southern Oregon has to offer.

Hourly pay dependent on experience, will include group health plan and IRA plan after one year of employment. Paid time off is 1 hour for every 30 hours worked.  

Please send resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ten Great Shade Trees for Fall Color

on Friday, 27 September 2019. Posted in Landscape contractor

These Trees Will Brighten Up Your Fall Yard

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now." - Chinese Proverb

This is especially true if you're interested in finding a shade tree that also provides good fall color. The trees here at Shooting Star are just beginning to turn, so you can wander the nursery to soak up the fall color and make your selections. Here are ten of our favorite "fall color" trees to get you started - arranged in size from small to mid-sized to large. 

 

 Small Trees (under 30'):

Autumn brillianceAutumn Brilliance Serviceberry (20' x 15') - Serviceberries offer three-season interest in the garden: clouds of white flowers in the spring, blue-purple berries in the summer, and bright red leaves in the fall. 

Paperbark Maple (25' x 20') - Delicate-looking compound leaves turn red in the fall, shaggy exfoliating bark provides winter interest. A great maple selection for smaller spaces!

Vanessa Parrotia (28' x 14') - A small, upright tree that turns warm shades of orange and red. Great choice for small yards or as a street tree.

 

Medium-sized Trees (30-40'):

Native Flame Hornbeam (30' x 20') -  This heat-tolerant eastern native turns orange-red to bright red in fall, and the canopy has a nice oval shape.

Chinese Pistache

Chinese Pistache (30' x 30') - Chinese Pistache does beautifully in our hot, dry summers and turns a brilliant orange-red in fall.

 

Red Rage Tupelo (35' x 20') - Turns a glossy, copper-red - truly stunning. Tupelos are also tolerant of poorly drained soils.

 

Large Trees (40'+):

Autumn Purple Ash (45' x 40') -  Colors can vary each year from a yellow-orange to a deep purple. While the color can be changeable, the effect is always lovely.

Sun Valley Maple (40' x 35') -  A bright red seedless variety of Maple. 

Maple fall colorOctober Glory Maple (40' x 35') - The name says it all! This is the latest variety of maple to color up in fall, and can really help stretch out the fall display in your yard. Foliage ranges from deep red to red-purple.

Autumn Blaze Maple (50' x 40') - If you're in the market for a big, colorful shade tree, this is the one for you! Turns a brilliant shade of orange-red, and the color is fairly long-lasting. As an extra bonus, Autumn Blaze tends to be more drought tolerant than other maples.