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    Saucer Magnolia: A Springtime Spectacular

    Magnolia x soulangeana Did you know there are more than 80 species of magnolias that circle the globe? The saucer magnolia outcompetes some 1,000 cultivars derived from the species. A hybrid cousin of America’s…

    By James R. Fazio | August 8, 2017
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    Sourwood: A Treat from the Bees

    Photo Credit: Flickr, Ryan Somma A native tree of North America, the sourwood is one of the few endemic trees that is not found on other continents unless planted, and has no related species.…

    By James R. Fazio | August 1, 2017
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    American Holly: A Mystic Icon

    Ilex opaca The American holly tree has been popular since the beginning of American history, having served Natives with wood for different applications and berries that were used for buttons and barter. It was…

    By James R. Fazio | July 18, 2017
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    American Beech: The Engraved

    Fagus grandifolia When early settlers would search for fertile land, they looked for American Beech trees, but these trees started disappearing as land was cleared to establish farming for food. The tree was also…

    By Sheereen Othman | July 11, 2017
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    American Mountainash: The Witchwood Tree

    Sorbus americana Looking for a shield to cast off witches and malevolence? Travel back to 18th century Europe and residents would tell you to use mountainash wood as a guard to keeping witches away.…

    By James R. Fazio | July 4, 2017
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    Hackberry: One Tough Tree

    Celtis occidentalis The hackberry has appropriately been called, “one tough tree.” Colonists had enough other trees to choose from that they didn’t pay much attention to the hackberry trees. They found them scattered throughout…

    By James R. Fazio | June 27, 2017
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    Yellow Buckeye: A Rugged Beauty

    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.…

    By James R. Fazio | June 20, 2017
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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