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James R. Fazio

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    Washington Hawthorn: A Symbol of Hope

    Crataegus phaenopyrum Native to the southeast U.S., the Washington hawthorn was first discovered by an unknown explorer and taken to England in the late 1600s. It was commercially grown in Georgetown and became popular…

    By James R. Fazio | August 29, 2017
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    The Kousa Dogwood

     Cornus kousa Dogwood trees are well known for their delicate beauty in the landscape. Kousa dogwood not only meets the standard for attractiveness, it adds a hardiness that makes this species an excellent choice for…

    By James R. Fazio | August 22, 2017
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    Burbank Plum: Named After a Genius

    Prunus salicina ‘Burbank’ Luther Burbank is undoubtedly one of the most successful plant breeders the world has ever known. Through his keen eye and genius for selective breeding, Burbank created and introduced more than…

    By James R. Fazio | August 15, 2017
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    Saucer Magnolia: A Springtime Spectacular

    Magnolia x soulangeana Did you know there are more than 80 species of magnolias that circle the globe? The saucer magnolia outcompetes some 1,000 cultivars derived from the species. A hybrid cousin of America’s…

    By James R. Fazio | August 8, 2017
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    Sourwood: A Treat from the Bees

    Photo Credit: Flickr, Ryan Somma A native tree of North America, the sourwood is one of the few endemic trees that is not found on other continents unless planted, and has no related species.…

    By James R. Fazio | August 1, 2017
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    American Holly: A Mystic Icon

    Ilex opaca The American holly tree has been popular since the beginning of American history, having served Natives with wood for different applications and berries that were used for buttons and barter. It was…

    By James R. Fazio | July 18, 2017
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    American Mountainash: The Witchwood Tree

    Sorbus americana Looking for a shield to cast off witches and malevolence? Travel back to 18th century Europe and residents would tell you to use mountainash wood as a guard to keeping witches away.…

    By James R. Fazio | July 4, 2017
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    Hackberry: One Tough Tree

    Celtis occidentalis The hackberry has appropriately been called, “one tough tree.” Colonists had enough other trees to choose from that they didn’t pay much attention to the hackberry trees. They found them scattered throughout…

    By James R. Fazio | June 27, 2017