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    White Spruce: The Family Beauty

    By Sheereen Othman | January 16, 2018

    Picea glauca When Jacques Cartier sailed up the broad St. Lawrence River in 1535, he became the first colonist to see North America’s white spruces. As he laid claim to the land, he proclaimed the trees to be “as beautiful as one could wish for.” According to Cartier, the white spruces were “the finest trees in the world.” Four hundred years later, naturalist Donald Peattie echoed Cartier’s remarks, stating of the conifers lining the river banks, the white spruce was…

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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 | January 9, 2018
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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 2, 2018
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    White Fir: An Avid Tree Tamed

    Abies concolor If you ramble around in the central mountains of the West, chances are good that you will encounter a white fir. You can fit it near the tourist meccas in Yosemite Valley…

    By James R. Fazio | December 19, 2017
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    Eastern Redcedar: Far-Flung Pioneer

    Juniperus virginiana Eastern redcedar is the most wide-spread conifer in eastern North America. It is also the most drought-resistant and one of our most controversial trees. to Robert Lemmon, author of The Best Loved…

    By James R. Fazio | December 12, 2017
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    Littleleaf Linden: Tree with a Past

    Tilia cordata Few of our street trees have a heritage as rich as the littleleaf linden. We enjoy this transplant from Europe for its pleasing shape, dense canopy, and super-fragrant flowers, but to the…

    By James R. Fazio | November 21, 2017
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    Northern Catalpa: Rarely Unnoticed

    Catalpa speciosa Catalpa is a hard tree to overlook. Trumpet-shaped flowers herald its awakening for the summer and are soon followed by some of the largest leaves in the northern hemisphere. Elephant ears would…

    By James R. Fazio | November 7, 2017
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    Sugar Maple: A Sweet Reward

    Acer saccharum Europeans were long familiar with the qualities of the maple wood. Species growing in the old world were used for the unpleasantness of pikes and lances. Imagine the happy surprise to find…

    By James R. Fazio | October 24, 2017