Tree of the Month Blog

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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Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara)

The Deodar Cedar, taken from the Sanskrit “wood of the gods”, is one of only a handful of true cedars in the world from the cedrus family.  A native of the Western Himalayas from the mountains of Afghanistan to India and Pakistan,...

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Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)

     The Willow oak is a tough native tree found in low bottomlands and along stream and riverbanks from New York to Florida and west to Missouri and Texas.  Known to absorb large quantities of water, it is tolerant of...

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Carolina Silverbell (Halesia tetraptera)

The Carolina silverbell is native to the mid-Atlantic states down the Appalachians south to Florida. In the wild it is an understory tree growing 30-40 feet in height and 20-30 feet wide. Typically, it has a rounded to spreading pyramidal habit with a...

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Seven-Son-Flower (Heptacodium miconioides)

The Seven-son-flower is a highly underutilized small, summer flowering tree. First discovered in China and introduced to America back in 1907, it was mostly forgotten for over 70 years, and was rediscovered in 1980.  Since then, it has been...

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Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia Indica) There are approximately 50 species of this genus originating in southeast Asia and around Oceania with some species growing to as large as 100 feet.  Crape myrtle, as grown in the United States, is generally...

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