Tree of the Week

River Birch (Betula nigra) Another one of my personal favorites. The most noticeable feature of this tree is its grey and bronze peeling bark. It also produces a fast growing, spreading form so it makes an excellent shade tree. The name “River Birch” implies that it prefers wet conditions, however it can be planted almost […]

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Christmas Trees

When it comes to choosing Christmas trees, the most common ones you will see are either Fir (Balsam, Fraser, Douglas), and Spruce (Blue, Norway, White). But if you are looking for something a little more unique you could consider Eastern White Pine, Eastern Redcedar or even a Cryptomeria. There are plenty of other evergreens out […]

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Tree of the Week

Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica) This evergreen is known for its thick, spreading growth habit. The species grows relatively large but there are different cultivars available. Dwarf Cryptomeria is short and bushy, while ‘Yoshino’ Cryptomeria is tall and narrow. Cryptomeria

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Leave the Leaves!

A classic Autumn tradition, rake up the leaves and get them out of your yard. It is actually best for your trees to leave them be, and better yet, mulch them up with a mower. This helps mimic how trees naturally recycle nutrients in a forest. The leaves fall, decompose and enrich the soil. So […]

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Tree of the Week

Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) This fast growing evergreen produces long, slender needles. It works great for screening and as a windbreak. It also has the potential to grow very large, most people have never personally seen a mature Eastern White Pine. It is also a haven for wildlife, both for food and nesting sites. […]

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The Leaves They Are a Changin’

The splendor of a colorful fall day can be hard to beat. But it’s time to interrupt this tranquil beauty with some science! Why leaves change color: The reason leaves are green is because of chlorophyll which is used for photosynthesis. As trees prepare for their winter dormancy they break down the clorophyll and absorb […]

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Tree of the Week

Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) This hardy, deciduous evergreen grows large and in charge. It’s leaves are thick and leathery with a glossy dark green top and a greenish-burgundy underside. It is also well know for it’s large, brilliant blooms. It should be noted that although it is an evergreen, it does shed its leaves from […]

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Tree of the Week

Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa) This small, ornamental tree has a lot to offer. A wide spread canopy produces brilliant white flowers and large, red berries which are edible (the rind and the seeds are usually discarded). This dogwood also has beautiful, exfoliating bark. Kousa Dogwood  

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Tree of the Week

Red Maple (Acer saccharum) A great, all purpose, urban tree. Red Maples tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, are fast growers and can be pruned to fit into most landscape situations. There are also many cultivars to chose from for specific growth patterns and colors. Beautiful fall coloration and plenty of shade in the […]

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Tree of the Week

Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) My personal favorite. These trees have the potential to grow tall and produce a dense canopy, deeply fissured, ropy looking bark and large flower clusters that are very attractive to bees and butterflies. Also, being a legume, they provide nitrogen to the soil, which is a key nutrient desired by plants. […]

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