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    Yellow Buckeye: A Rugged Beauty

    By James R. Fazio | June 20, 2017

    Aesculus flava (octandra) In 1784 while traveling near the Cheat River — in what is now West Virginia — sharp-eyed George Washington spotted a yellow buckeye with flowers that were purple instead of yellow. He planted seeds of that tree at Mount Vernon where the last one died not long ago. There is something compelling about this tree. It is not graceful like an American elm or a weeping willow, nor charming like a dogwood or redbud. Instead, it has…

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    Bur Oak: Tough Tree for Tough Places

    Quercus macrocarpa Despite its acorns being called “frilled,” there is nothing dainty about the bur oak tree. The frills around its gigantic acorn are wild and woolly, and the top of the cap is…

    By James R. Fazio | June 13, 2017
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    White Oak: The King of Kings

    Quercus alba “If oak is the king of trees, as tradition has it, then the white oak, throughout its range, is the king of kings.” -Donald Peattie When early settlers discovered forests full of…

    By Sheereen Othman | May 9, 2017
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    Willow Oak: A Handsome Southerner

    Quercus phellos The oak tree family is made up of hundreds of species. It’s fair to say that each species offers unique and imperial traits to any landscape it adorns. The willow oak is…

    By Sheereen Othman | May 2, 2017
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    How To Grow Strawberries

    Grown as either a small tree or shrub, the strawberry tree is one of the most attractive specimens available for residential use. The evergreen nature and off-season flowering make this a real find for…

    By Arbor Day Foundation | April 25, 2017
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    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