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Tree of the Month

Flowering Dogwood

November 29, 2023

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…

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Southern Red Oak

September 1, 2022

Quercus falcata Southern red oak, sometimes called Spanish oak due to it being native to the southeastern United States, in what started out as some of the Spanish colonies. A large shade tree with a rounded habit, achieving 80-120’ in height with a spread of 40-80’. Found in a wide…

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Oriental Spruce

August 5, 2022

Picea orientalis The Oriental, or Picea orientalis, is a fantastic and under- utilized evergreen in the landscape. Native to the Caucasus mountains in eastern Europe, it performs quite well in the Eastern United States in USDA Hardiness zones 4-7. Growing in a conical or pyramidal shape up to 125 feet…

Pest of the Month

Lace Bug

July 1, 2022

This pest is commonly found on popular shrubs like azaleas and Japanese andromeda and also on many types of shade trees like oaks and sycamores. Foliar damage can be quite severe if the plants are grown in full sun. Nymphs and adults feed on the underside of the leaf and…

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Weeping Willow

June 1, 2022

Salix babylonica A native of China and carried to the west along the silk road, it was first recorded in England around 1730. It quickly became established in low wet areas and along streambanks. It freely cross pollinated with other willow species, and these hybrids are some of the more…

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Spotted Lantern Fly

May 2, 2022

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that came from Vietnam, China, and India. This pest was first reported in in Berks County, PA in 2014. Since then, SLF has populated surrounding areas, rapidly moving east and being found in 18 New Jersey Counties. Over the last couple of…

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Sweetbay Magnolia tree

May 1, 2022

Magnolia virginiana The Sweetbay magnolia is a smaller native tree, usually found as an understory tree in semi-wet areas in the Eastern United States from New York to Florida. Also known as the Beaver Tree as its fleshy roots were once used by trappers to attract beavers. It was the…

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Japanese Katsura

April 20, 2022

Cercidiphyllum japonicum The Japanese Katsura, sometimes called the Judas Tree, is a medium-sized shade tree growing to 40-60’ tall in cultivation and just as wide when provided with adequate space but may attain heights exceeding 100-150’ in the wild. A native of Japan and China, it was introduced to the…

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