Tree of the Month Blog

Christmas Tree (Coniferus traditionales)

Evergreens world-wide, whether they are spruce or pine or fir, are often called Christmas trees.  Around this time of year, it is more likely to be true.  Little by little these trees begin to become transformed into highly decorated and glowing...

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Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

Widely known for its unmatched splendor in fall, the Sugar Maple displays brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow, like this specimen in Holmdel Park in Holmdel, NJ. Sugar Maples can grow 50 to 80 feet tall and 40 to 70 feet wide, and depending...

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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...

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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...

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August Tree of the Month: White Oak (Quercus alba)

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...

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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...

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Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus)

(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...

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May Tree of The Month: Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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