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Oriental Spruce

The Oriental, or Caucasian spruce, 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...

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Japanese Umbrella Pine

This unique conifer, in a genus by itself, is a bit of a misnomer, since it is not a pine, but takes its’ name from the Greek for umbrella and pine with whorled branches, makes a great specimen for most yards or gardens. A native of Japan, it...

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Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

A large stately tree native to the eastern United States and Canada from the Great Lakes to Nova Scotia and south to Georgia.  It is the “State Tree” of New Jersey.  A healthy red oak can grow 1-2 feet per year and attain a...

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Korean Dogwood (Cornus kousa)

The Korean, Japanese, Chinese, or sometimes just Kousa dogwood, is native to east Asia and is a highly used ornamental planted across much of the US.  A bit hardier than our native flowering dogwood, it tolerates full sun locations better and is...

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Little-leaf Linden (Tilia cordata)

The Little-leaf Linden is a native of Europe and closely related to American Basswood (Tilia Americana).  It is a medium to fast growing shade tree attaining heights of 60-80 feet and a spread of 30-60 feet.  Pyramidal when young turning...

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Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

Black Locust, sometimes called Yellow Locust, is native to the Allegheny Mountains, but was liked so well by farmers and shipbuilders that it was planted all over the U.S. and exported to South Africa, Asia and Europe.  Some regions now consider...

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Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata)

This common shade tree is often used in parks and gardens but is also prized for its toughness and is frequently planted in parking lots and as street trees in urban and suburban neighborhoods.  Native to Japan and eastern China, it was...

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Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)

Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)   The Star Magnolia is a native of Japan that was first introduced to the US in 1862.  It is planted widely in the U.S. as an ornamental tree, mainly for its early spring flower display.  It is a...

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Japanese Incense Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)

Japanese Incense Cedar also known as Japanese Redwood and Sugi, is a monotypic genus meaning that it is the only species in this genus, which is part of the cypress family.  This conifer has a ¾” round spikey cone and a unique...

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Pond Cypress (Taxodium ascendens)

The Pond Cypress is a deciduous conifer, closely related to the more familiar Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum).  A mainly southern plant found from Virginia to Florida and west to Louisiana, it is cold hardy to zone 5 and does well as far...

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