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Franklin Tree

(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 […]

Tree of the Month

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 […]

Japanese Stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia)

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 […]

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)

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 […]