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(Acer griseum) An outstanding ornamental tree introduced from China in 1901, extremely slow growing, the Paperbark Maple almost never outgrows its space.  Small gardens and patios are ideal settings for this tree, as a good view of this tree in winter from your window is a great way to enjoy it.  Planted primarily for its

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Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica) Pyramidal in habit when young, the Black Gum, Sour Gum, Pepperidge or Tupelo becomes a large spreading tree up to 90 feet tall and 45 feet wide in the wild, but usually half that when cultivated.  A native of the Eastern United States, Black Gum is typically found in moist rich

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(Franklinia alatamaha) Discovered in 1765 by the famous Philadelphia botanist, John Bartram, this tree has an interesting history. While on an expedition with his son William near the mouth of the Alatamaha River in Georgia, he discovered the tree growing on the sandy banks of the river.  He took several specimens home to his gardens

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Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) The botanical name Taxodium means “like a Yew”, and although their foliage is similar, that’s all they have in common. The Bald Cypress is native only to North America and is found growing in pure stands from Delaware to Florida.  The plants are quite hardy and are planted from USDA Zones

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Introduced from Japan in 1874, it has since become a favorite patio or garden tree.  Growing to 60 feet in the wilds of Japan, it rarely exceeds 20 to 30 feet in the United States. Stewartias are difficult to transplant and fair best if planted balled and burlapped when small.  Once established, however, it is

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Indigenous to the Eastern United States, the Flowering Dogwood is often considered our finest native flowering tree.  Commonly grown in USDA Zones 4-9, it performs best where summers are not too hot. Being a forest fringe tree, it prefers a humus-rich, slightly acid soil with high shade.  When planted in full sun as a lawn

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