How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The Tuscan Blue Rosemary Patio Tree is a miniature tree 2 to 3 feet tall, with a rounded globe top. The slender leaves are intensely aromatic, and they’re used in many meat and vegetable dishes. In early spring bright blue flowers stud the branches, and this plant can be trimmed as needed to keep it neat and attractive. Place it in a decorative pot or planter, on a patio or terrace, or on a balcony. Place a pair to frame a door or grow it in an herb garden or flower bed. A great gift for the holiday season.
- Adorable miniature tree for small spaces
- Striking blue flowers in early spring
- Perfect in a planter or decorative pot
- Essential fresh herb for the kitchen
- Grow outdoors, and winter in a porch in colder zones
The Tuscan Blue Rosemary Patio Tree will grow best in full sun. Plant in any well-drained soil and use a cactus/succulent soil when growing it in a pot with a drainage hole. It can be kept outdoors all year round from zone 8 and brought into a cool and bright place during winter in colder zones. Normally free of pests or diseases. Regular feeding in spring and summer will give the best growth. Trimming is best done immediately after flowering, and through summer as needed.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 8-10
- Mature Width 2-3
- Mature Height 3-4
- Soil Conditions Well-Drained Soil
- Sunlight Full Sun
- Drought Tolerance Good Drought Tolerance
Especially in a smaller garden, or a city courtyard garden, it makes a lot of sense to get double duty from the limited plants you have room for. That makes the Tuscan Blue Rosemary Patio Tree a great addition, since it is beautiful, gives your patio or terrace an exciting look, and it’s also incredibly useful in the kitchen – you will please both the gardener and the cook in your house (Maybe you are both of them already. . .) This great little tree fits perfectly into a small space, and its short trunk lifts it up where it can be admired – and harvested – easily. Just brushing past the aromatic foliage is a pleasure, and nothing is better than cooking with fresh rosemary, not dried old stuff at the bottom of a jar. Patio trees are perfect in attractive pots to decorate a patio, terrace or balcony, and they work well in beds too, as center-pieces and accents. The nursery staff really know their stuff, and they created beautiful patio trees from the vigorous and beautiful Tuscan Blue Rosemary that we also have as bushy plants in pots. They trained up a short stem, and then trimmed and trained a rounded ball of foliage on top – delightful trees that will live for years and develop a great mature look – you will think you are spending the holidays in Italy or Provence with these beautiful bushes growing on your patio.
Growing the Tuscan Blue Rosemary Patio Tree
Size and Appearance
The Tuscan Blue Rosemary Patio Tree is a trained plant of the most vigorous and reliable of all the rosemary varieties. It has been grown with a 12-inch single trunk (staked for safety until it thickens more). The young trunk is reddish-gray, and as it matures it will become a rich silver-gray, with rugged flaking bark. The upper part is a rounded ball of many branches, covered with small leaves that look similar to the needles of a conifer like hemlock. They are packed along the stems, with a dark green upper surface and a lighter, sage-green lower surface. This bush is evergreen, so it looks attractive all year round. In late winter and early spring, the branches burst out with small blue-violet flowers like open mouths, and this vibrant tone brings a bold splash of color to this great little tree. The upper section can be trimmed to keep it round, or shaped into a cone or more upright form, as you choose.
Using the Tuscan Blue Rosemary Patio Tree in Your Garden
Remove product imageIf you have a patio, you need patio trees to decorate it. They’re also perfect on terraces, decks and balconies. Plant this bush in a beautiful pot, perhaps a decorative Tuscan terracotta, or a modern container, and place it on the patio or on a low table. Put a pair each side of the front door, or one outside the kitchen door. Use one as a center-piece in a small herb garden, as accents along a path or in a flower bed. Add one of our Bay Laurel Patio Trees as well, for a great kitchen & garden combo.
The Tuscan Blue Rosemary Patio Tree can be grown outdoors all year round in zones 8, 9, and 10. In colder zones you can bring it into a cold glass porch or sunroom, or by a sunny window in the kitchen. You only need to keep it inside when temperatures are below 10 degrees F but avoid moving it in and out too much when it is below freezing outside.
Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions
Grow the Tuscan Blue Rosemary Patio Tree in full sun for best results, but an hour or two a day of shade won’t hurt. It grows in any well-drained soil, preferring neutral or alkaline soils, and thriving in hot and dry locations in sandy and rocky ground. In a container use soil blended for cactus and succulents, and make sure the pot has at least one large drainage hole.
Maintenance and Pruning
The Tuscan Blue Rosemary Patio Tree is generally free of pests or diseases. Water container plants when the soil has mostly dried. Feed potted plants with evergreen fertilizer monthly in spring and summer. Trim anytime from spring to early fall. To maximize flowering trim hard each year after the spring flowering is over, and leave untrimmed after that.
History and Origin of the Tuscan Blue Rosemary Patio Tree
Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, is an important plant in the wild maquis vegetation around the Mediterranean. Evolution has adapted it for the long, dry summers of that area, and the thick leaves resist drought. It has been used by humans since at least the time of the Egyptians and it was carried east to China 2,000 years ago, where it escaped to join the wild flora. The leaves are widely used for flavoring many foods, particularly potatoes and meats like lamb and chicken, and it is an essential element in Mediterranean cooking. It is also used as an aromatic in baths and shampoos, and in natural medicine. The variety called ‘Tuscan Blue’ is a selected plant, reproduced from stem pieces, which shows exceptional vigor, strong upright growth, with gorgeous blue flowers.
Buying the Tuscan Blue Rosemary Patio Tree at The Tree Center
We found a group of skilled growers to produce these adorable trees, and the results are magnificent. Bring a new level of beauty to your patio, terrace or balcony, and a steady supply of fresh herbs to your kitchen with just one plant you will love. It’s a great gift for holidays or any other time. Always popular, these trees go fast, so order now while we still have some left – it won’t be for long.