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    Misc Trees

    Paper Birch & Douglasfir: An Odd Relationship

    By James R. Fazio | February 15, 2018

    Trees in a forest are usually thought of as fierce competitors, each struggling for control of available light and soil moisture, usually at the expense of neighboring trees. But Canadian research Suzanne W. Simard and her colleagues found that paper birch can actually aid neighboring Douglasfirs. Through carefully-controlled research, Dr. Simard has documented the transfer of carbon (sugar) from paper birch to nearby Douglasfirs. The transfer takes place through tiny underground strands of beneficial fungi called ectomycorrhizae. These appendages are…

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  • Featured Tree of the Week

    Paper Birch: Shining Beauty

    Betula papyrifera …it is now one of the best loved trees of the New England landscape, and when we remember a scene there, we see birches in it — gleaming white trunks, houses, and…

    By James R. Fazio | February 13, 2018
  • Landscape Design

    The Fastest Fast Growing Trees

    Some of the most popular trees around today are fast growing trees.  Fast growing trees give homeowners the opportunity to realize the benefits of a mature tree sooner. Individuals seem to especially focus on using…

    By Ben | June 9, 2010