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    Southern Magnolia: A Southern Charm

    By Sheereen Othman | March 14, 2017

    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 —  magnolias have become iconic landscape trees in the South.  With oversized, fragrant flowers, it’s easy to see why admirers have developed more than 150 cultivars in attempt to extend the tree’s range into the North. The oldest Southern Magnolia standing today is on Washington State Park…

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    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
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    Austrian Pine: Tree of the Dust Bowl

    Pinus nigra The Austrian Pine was introduced to the United States in 1759. A Native of Austria, northern Italy and Yugoslavia, the tree made its way to the U.S. when mass numbers of central…

    By Sheereen Othman | February 28, 2017
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    Dawn Redwood: The Long Return

    Metasequoia glyptostroboides   The Dawn Redwood is a living testimony to the surprises still found in nature. The tree was believed to be extinct and only known as a fossil, until it was discovered…

    By Sheereen Othman | February 21, 2017
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    Loblolly Pine: The Eisenhower Tree

    Pinus taeda One of former president Dwight Eisenhower’s favorite hobbies was golf. He loved it so much that he continued to play in the winter and painted his golf balls black just so he could…

    By Sheereen Othman | February 14, 2017
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    Eastern White Pine: Monarch of the Forest

    Pinus strobus Eastern white pine trees were among the first trees colonists discovered when they first came to the country. Hundreds of miles of eastern white pine once lined the Hudson River. It was…

    By Sheereen Othman | February 7, 2017
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    Douglasfir: A Western Champion

    Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca Early Beginnings Scottish botanist David Douglas was among early explorers to North America. He travelled to and from the continent on numerous voyages studying plant culture. On his second expedition,…

    By Sheereen Othman | January 31, 2017
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    Leyland Cypress: A Transatlantic Hybrid

    x Cupressocyparis leylandii Seven hundred fifty years ago, a wealthy Englishman in Wales imported trees from the Pacific coast of the U.S. to add to his collection of trees from around the world. A Monterey…

    By Sheereen Othman | January 24, 2017
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    The American Arborvitae

     Thuja occidentalis Did you know the American Arborvitae was the first North American tree introduced to Europe? In fact, that’s how it earned its scientific name. Occidentalis means “west,” the direction from Sweden where…

    By Sheereen Othman | January 17, 2017
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    The Pioneer Cabin Tree

    When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When Great Trees Fall, Maya Angelou One of the country’s most iconic trees toppled over Sunday afternoon as…

    By Sheereen Othman | January 10, 2017