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    Giant Sequoia: Forest’s Majesty

    “From little acorns, mighty oaks grow.” Sequoiadendron giganteum This phrase couldn’t be more relevant to giant sequoias. The seeds of these trees are so tiny that up to seven could fit on one penny.…

    By Sheereen Othman | December 6, 2016
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    Chinese Chestnut: The Bread Tree

    Castanea mollissima There was a time in colonial America when American chestnut was the most popular tree in the eastern forest. The trees grew fast, tall, were rot-resistant and hardy. Besides its visual appeal,…

    By Sheereen Othman | November 29, 2016
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    Shellbark Hickory:The Grandest of them all

    Everything that is finest in the other Hickories is rivaled or excelled by the Big Shellbark.  –Naturalist Donald Peattie Carya laciniosa Native to the United States, the shellbark hickory is a towering tree of…

    By Sheereen Othman | November 22, 2016
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    Arbor Day Farm Hazelnut: Hazel of the Future

    Corlyus spp. Twenty years ago, a cherry orchard that once covered the slope behind Lied Lodge & Conference Center was replaced with 5,200 hazelnut bushes representing 60 promising hybrids. The hazelnuts were planted as…

    By Sheereen Othman | November 15, 2016
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    American Hazelnut or American Filbert?

    Corylus americana Is it a hazelnut or is it a filbert? This age-old question depends on who you ask. In European folklore the crop was first referred to as a filbert, derived from St.…

    By Sheereen Othman | November 8, 2016
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    Kieffer Pear: An Unexpected Delight

    Pyrus communis x P. pyrifolia The Kieffer pear tree is said to be an accidental hybrid, a cross of the Sand Pear and Bartlett. It was first cultivated on the farm of Peter Kieffer…

    By Sheereen Othman | November 1, 2016
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    Orient Pear: Irresistible Beauty

    Pyrus communis ‘Orient’ Last week we featured the Bartlett pear tree, a European cultivar that made its way to the U.S. and became one of the most popular pears. This week we’re introducing a…

    By Sheereen Othman | October 25, 2016
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    Bartlett Pear: A Gift of the Gods

    Pyrus communis ‘Bartlett’ What’s golden yellow and bell shaped on the outside and sweet and juicy on the inside? America’s favorite pear, the Bartlett pear! This long-lived pear is so popular that it’s even…

    By Sheereen Othman | October 18, 2016
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    Pecan Tree: The Nut of Time

    Carya illinoinesis The pecan tree has been around since before the formation of the United States. A member of the hickory (pawcohiccora) genus within the walnut family, its prized benefits spread quickly once people…

    By Sheereen Othman | October 12, 2016
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    Kandil Sinap: Apple of the Sea

    Malus domestica It’s apple season, the time of year you start noticing more varieties of apples appearing in your grocery stores and farmer markets. The selections range from the good ole’ granny smith and…

    By Sheereen Othman | September 27, 2016