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    Silver Maple: The Paradox

    By James R. Fazio | October 17, 2017

    Acer saccharinum Silver maples, wrote naturalist Donald Peattie, “impart to every stream and bank where they grow, to every big red Hoosier barn and little white farmhouse, to all the village streets and the long straight roads where they have been planted, an air at once of dignity and lively grace, a combination rare in a tree as in a human.” Elders among the silver maples are a friendly sight in communities throughout America. Their massive trunks remind us of…

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    Japanese Red Maple: An Autumn Staple

    Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum When Swedish doctor-botanist Carl Thunberg was privileged to travel to Japan late in the eighteenth century, he secreted out drawings of a small tree that would eventually become synonymous with…

    By James R. Fazio | October 3, 2017
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    Lacebark Elm: Tree of the Future

    Ulmus parvifolia Lacebark elm is a lot like a talented actor waiting as an understudy in the wings of the theater to replace a star. In this case, other elm species have been the…

    By James R. Fazio | September 26, 2017
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    Hybrid Poplar: The People’s Tree

    Populus deltoides x Populus nigra There are many crosses that go by the name Hybrid Poplar, but this one between Eastern Cottonwood from the United States and Black Poplar from Europe and North Africa…

    By James R. Fazio | September 19, 2017
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    Baldcypress: King of the Swamp

    Taxodium distichum Nowhere is a tree species so intertwined with a place as the baldcypress is with swamps. Beginning with the art and literature of early America, images of baldcypress trees have been used…

    By James R. Fazio | September 5, 2017
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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