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    Littleleaf Linden: Tree with a Past

    By James R. Fazio | November 21, 2017

    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 ancients it was much more. Littleleaf linden is one of some 30 species of lindens native to the northern hemisphere, including our native forest tree, basswood. In Europe, littleleaf dominated the woodlands of England after the Ice Age and today it is the linden that stretches…

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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
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    Silver Maple: The Paradox

    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…

    By James R. Fazio | October 17, 2017
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    Red Maple: Sunset in the Forest

    Acer rubrum Red. The color of passion — and the extremes that go with it. It is love on the one hand and danger, warning, or even hate on the other. In the psychology…

    By James R. Fazio | October 10, 2017
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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