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    Loblolly Pine: The Eisenhower Tree

    By Sheereen Othman | February 14, 2017

    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 see them against the snow. He was a regular at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Few things could distract him from the game, but a giant Loblolly Pine on the golf course could. A Loblolly Pine sat on the golf course at Augusta National…

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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
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    Ponderosa Pine: Old Soul of the West

    Pinus ponderosa “Of all the pines, this one gives forth the finest music to the winds.” John Muir When Lewis and Clark trekked through the Rocky Mountains into the headwaters of the Columbia River,…

    By Sheereen Othman | December 27, 2016
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    White Spruce: Amongst the Season’s Finest

    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…

    By Sheereen Othman | December 20, 2016
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    The Eastern Redcedar

    Juniperus virginiana The eastern redcedar is an ancient tree, dating back to Native America where fossil evidence indicates it covered large portions of the continent. It is the most common conifer in the eastern…

    By Sheereen Othman | December 13, 2016