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    Misc Trees

    The Living Forest: What Tree Rings Tell us About the Life of a Tree

    By Sheereen Othman | August 17, 2017

    Trees are great record keepers, they tell us so much about the past. They are also resilient organisms, outliving humans and animals. Some of the oldest trees in the world are thousands of years old — like bristlecone pine. They’ve lived through major environment changes, climate shifts, and numerous historical events. There are trees standing today that are older than the establishment of this country, how remarkable. We can learn a lot from trees, but first we must understand them.…

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  • Tree of the Week

    American Beech: The Engraved

    Fagus grandifolia When early settlers would search for fertile land, they looked for American Beech trees, but these trees started disappearing as land was cleared to establish farming for food. The tree was also…

    By Sheereen Othman | July 11, 2017
  • Landscape Design

    Which Small Trees will Work for your Yard?

    Trees are great landscaping tools to beautifying your yard, creating privacy, and adding color. Numerous factors go into deciding what tree is suitable for your yard. Planting the right tree in the right place…

    By Sheereen Othman | June 28, 2017
  • Misc Trees

    How Much does your Tree Save you?

    Measuring the value of your trees Trees do so much for us, they are active members of our communities. Cities across the country save millions of dollars annually from the hard-work of urban trees.…

    By Sheereen Othman | June 9, 2017
  • Tree of the Week

    The Sawtooth Oak

    Quercus acutissima Are you looking for a hardy tree that is seldom troubled by pests or disease? The sawtooth oak is a resilient shade tree with a bit of flare. Native to eastern Asia,…

    By Sheereen Othman | June 6, 2017
  • Tree of the Week

    Northern Red Oak: A Tree of Ease

    Quercus rubra The northern red oak has been called “one of the handsomest, cleanest, and stateliest trees in North America” by naturalist Joseph S. Illick. During the colonial times people realized that red oaks…

    By Sheereen Othman | May 30, 2017
  • Tree of the Week

    Pin Oak: Autumn Glory

    Quercus palustris The pin oak pleases me for reasons I cannot wholly explain. — Hal Borland, A Countryman’s Woods The pin oak is the type of tree that stands out from its neighbors. Pin…

    By Sheereen Othman | May 23, 2017
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    Live Oak: Heart of the Southern Landscape

     Quercus virginiana   Did you know the first three forestry laws passed by American Congress were aimed at protecting live oak? Live oak was so valuable to America’s security that it prompted the government…

    By Sheereen Othman | May 16, 2017