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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
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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