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Mimosa (Albiza julibrissin)

The Mimosa or Silk-Tree, a native of South Asia, was introduced to North America in 1745, and has adapted well to a wide variety of conditions here in the U.S. It transplants easily and often seeds itself readily, sometimes to the point of being in

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Crimson King Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)

The Crimson King is the most famous cultivar of the Norway Maples. It is noted for its maroon leaves that last all summer. It was introduced to the United States in 1948 from France. Commonly planted as a street tree, it is usually intermixed wi

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Flowering Crabapple (Malus sp.)

  The leaves are 1 to 2 inches long and are green to reddish green in color.  Fall color can be nice shades of yellow and orange, but it depends on the cultivar.  There are currently over 700 named cultivars and varieties worldwide.  Som

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London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia)

A cross between the Oriental Planetree and American Sycamore, the London Planetree was first recorded growing in London in 1663.  It takes its common name from this fact and also that it is the primary street and park tree in London.  London is n

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Vernal Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis)

Often considered a shrub, it is actually a small tree, usually multi-stemmed and growing 10-15 feet high and almost as wide.  It makes a good screen or unpruned hedge. The bark is an attractive gray to grayish brown color.  The leaves are dark

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Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)

A native of central Europe, Austrian pine was introduced to the US as a tough and cold hardy addition to our urban landscapes. It can attain heights of 80 to 120 feet high by 25-50 feet wide in its native environs, but usually attains a height of 40-70

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Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida)

This native three needle pine that makes up most of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, the Pitch Pine can grow in the most dry and sandy soils.  It often forms temporary pure stands due to repeated fire injury.  They are later shaded out by hardwood specie

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Christmas Tree (Coniferus traditionales)

Evergreens world-wide, whether they are spruce or pine or fir, are often called Christmas trees.  Around this time of year, it is more likely to be true.  Little by little these trees begin to become transformed into highly decorated and glowing

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Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

Widely known for its unmatched splendor in fall, the Sugar Maple displays brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow, like this specimen in Holmdel Park in Holmdel, NJ. Sugar Maples can grow 50 to 80 feet tall and 40 to 70 feet wide, and depending

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Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)

The Sourwood or Sorrel Tree, takes its name from the sharp acid taste of its leaves and sap.  Native to the Appalachians, Sourwood is found from Northeastern Florida, to Southern Pennsylvania.  It can be planted, however, in USDA Zones 5 to 9 in mois

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