So working with a lantana we'd rescued from the garden, it was dying, and putting it by the driveway, he went to work. He selected the largest stem, attached it to a pole and lopped off lower branches. Each year it grew, he removed lower branches and it looked more like a tree, so that's what I called it. Now it hardly grows any lower branches. We also have lantanas on each side of the driveway that he's also growing into trees.
Lantanas are interesting plants, we bought a couple when we first moved here and then found that they grow wild here have moved from people's yards. They've become naturalized to the southeastern United States, they don't need to be planted, they just move in on their own.
They're actually a tropical plant and usually found in tropical regions of the Americas and Africa. It's also found in the South Pacific and is considered a problem in Australia. They can take over and you sometimes have to be severe with them. But I do appreciate a plant that can take care of itself.
Their leaves are poisonous to animals, but butterflies LOVE the flowers. Sometime we'll go out in the summer and there'll be a dozen butterflies nipping around them.
So that's the story of my Lantana Tree.
|Just started being trained|
|Notice the stem, that's how he trains them.|
|Butterflies love them!!!|
|This is one he started out by his garden, he hasn't trimmed the bottom yet, but he will.|