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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 moist well-drained acid soils. Tiny, creamy white, urn-shaped flowers appear in late

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Red Maple (Acer Rubrum)

The Red, Water, Swamp or Soft Maple takes its name from its early spring show of red buds and bright red flowers.  It has the greatest north-south range of any native tree in North America, being found from Newfoundland to Florida.  Although it grows best in damp lowlands soils, it can also be found with

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August Tree of the Month: White Oak

White Oak (Quercus alba) Pyramidal in shape as a young tree, it slowly matures into an imposing dense and broadly rounded specimen. Commonly reaching 70 to 90 feet tall, it can exceed 100 feet tall with a spread over 150 feet. Under favorable conditions, many white oaks have lived for 300 to 500 years and

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Goldenrain Tree

(Koelreuteria Paniculata) A beautiful medium sized ornamental tree that is great for open, sunny spaces.  It has a single stem with a rounded habit reaching approximately 30’ in height by 30’ wide.  It makes a good street tree that is fairly compatible with overhead wires. Goldenrain Tree is a native of China and the Korean

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Fringe Tree

(Chionanthus virginicus) In this time of turning back to native plants, you need look no further than this garden gem.  The Fringe Tree also called Old Man’s Beard, is named for its lacy threadlike flowers.  Few native trees give such a dependable, showy and fragrant flowering display year after year. The Fringe tree can be

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May Tree of The Month: Dawn Redwood

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) This tree was known and named only through fossils, as it was believed extinct for thousands of years. It was discovered alive in 1941 in Hueph, China and brought to America and distributed to arboretums and botanical gardens around the world in 1948 by the Arnold Arboretum. Since then, this beauty

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Arbor Day

In 1872, a Nebraska pioneer and journalist proposed a holiday for planting trees called “Arbor Day”.  J. Sterling Morton moved from Detroit only to find that the Nebraska territory was a vast treeless plain.  Recognizing the need for windbreaks, lumber, fuel wood and shade, he immediately started planting trees.  Morton became Secretary of the Nebraska

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Blue Colorado Spruce

(Picea pungens glauca) These trees naturally occur only in the Rocky Mountains region at elevations of 6000 to 10,000 feet.  Since the 1860’s, however, it has become a very popular and often over used specimen plant. Colorado Spruces come in every shade of green, gray and blue and can grow 25 feet wide by 120

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Eastern Red Cedar

(Juniperus virginiana) Although commonly called a cedar, it is actually a juniper. A native tree to every state east of the Mississippi River, it is perhaps the most adaptable of all evergreen species. They can tolerate salt, drought, heat, cold, and wind and even shed snow with little breakage. This species will grow in sand

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Cutleaf Japanese Maple

(Acer palmatum dissectum) A beautiful slow to medium growing plant that will eventually reach 8 to 14 feet in height and almost twice as wide.  Native to Japan, China and Korea, they are commonly planted in North America in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8.  Used for centuries in Japanese gardens and for bonsai, they

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