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    Returning to our Roots, Celebrating Arbor Day Where it all Started

    By Sheereen Othman | April 26, 2017

    This year marks the 145th anniversary of Arbor Day. Since 1872, people have set aside a special day dedicated to tree planting. To celebrate Arbor Day, first lady of Nebraska Susanne Shore joined us at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, the former home of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day.   Morton founded the tree planter’s holiday because of his own admiration of trees. It’s estimated that he planted as many as 10,000 trees during his lifetime — many of which were rare…

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  • Tree of the Week

    Scarlet Oak: A Parade of Red

    Quercus coccinea By any standard, the oak is a brawny tree. It is significant in numbers alone, being the most widespread hardwoods in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. One of the most…

    By Sheereen Othman | April 11, 2017
  • Tree of the Week

    Quaking Aspen: The Overzealous

    Populus tremuloides Unaided, this humble but sturdy little tree has restored many of the forests that man has destroyed, and when cultivated, has replenished many harvested forests within 50 years. The quaking aspen has…

    By Sheereen Othman | April 4, 2017
  • Misc Trees

    Top 10 Arbor Day Nursery Trees

    Still need help deciding which trees and shrubs to add to your landscape this year? In several hardiness zones, the time for planting is now. Check out the top 10 most popular trees sold…

    By Sheereen Othman | April 3, 2017
  • Landscape Design

    Top 10 Fast Growing Trees & Shrubs

    Spring planting has already started in some hardiness zones. It’s the perfect time to plan your landscape design. If you’re looking to green your property fast, then consider these fast growing trees and shrubs.…

    By Sheereen Othman | March 27, 2017
  • Landscape Design

    Top 10 Fruit Trees

    With the weather warming up in the southern hardiness zones, tree shipping has begun at the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Nursery.  If you’re thinking about adding trees and shrubs to your yard this spring,…

    By Sheereen Othman | March 20, 2017
  • Tree of the Week

    Southern Magnolia: A Southern Charm

    Magnolia grandiflora Magnolias are entwined with the history of the south. Named after Pierre Magnol — the French botanist who discovered the tree in Louisiana and took seedlings back with him to France — …

    By Sheereen Othman | March 14, 2017
  • Landscape Design

    Top 10 Flowering Trees

    The season of vibrant blossoms and sweet scents is almost here.  Although the weather says otherwise in some parts of the country, many people will start their spring planting. Flowering trees are great choices…

    By Sheereen Othman | March 13, 2017
  • Tree of the Week

    Smoketree: A Mystic Mirage

    Cotinus coggygria Native to the rolling hills of the Mediterranean, this luring beauty is a tree that ignites curiosity. It is one of the most arresting shrubs available to gardeners today. As the name…

    By Sheereen Othman | March 7, 2017
  • Landscape Design

    Top 10 Shade Trees

    Spring shipping starts today! Looking for a great shade tree that will add beauty and benefits? Check out the top 10 shade trees sold through the Arbor Day nursery. Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) The…

    By Sheereen Othman | March 6, 2017