Scarlet Oak: A Parade of Red

Tree of the Week Scarlet Oak: A Parade of Red By Sheereen Othman | April 11, 2017 Quercus coccinea By any standard, the oak is a brawny tree. It is significant in numbers alone, being the most widespread hardwoods in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. One of the most notable attributes of the oak is its commanding stature. Its amazing strength, beauty, and longevity have made the oak a central part of much of American history. Abraham Lincoln found his way across a river near Homer, Illinois, using the Salt River Ford Oak as a marker. The Richards White Oak in Cecil County, Maryland once served as a landmark on a 1681 map used by William Penn. Andrew Jackson took shelter under Louisiana’s Sunnybrook Oaks on his way to the Battle of New Orleans. And Old Ironsides, the USS Constitution, earned its nickname from the strength of its live oak hull, famous for easily repelling British cannonballs. Oak species are divided into one of two major groups: the red oaks..
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Inviting all butterflies: Create an oasis

Landscape Design Inviting all butterflies: Create an oasis By Kaitlin Johnson | April 7, 2017 It is no coincidence that every time you see a butterfly, a smile stretches across your face. They are exquisite flutters of color that glide flower to flower-pollinating plants around them. If you find yourself wanting to invite butterflies into your garden, keep reading to find out what trees and shrubs they are attracted to! Butterflies feel welcome almost anywhere, but only if you know what they are looking for – sources of food, shelter and water. Trees and shrubs bear fruit, nuts and berries while also offering shelter and breeding places. The best way to attract butterflies to your garden is to start with a variety of flowering and fruit trees and shrubs. We recommend choosing a mixture of both prolific bloomers and those that have a long bloom time. Butterflies attracted to the following recommendations include American lady, silvery blue, zebra swallowtail, Compton tort..
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Quaking Aspen: The Overzealous

Tree of the Week Quaking Aspen: The Overzealous By Sheereen Othman | April 4, 2017 Populus tremuloides Unaided, this humble but sturdy little tree has restored many of the forests that man has destroyed, and when cultivated, has replenished many harvested forests within 50 years. The quaking aspen has a reputation for numerous traits that distinguish it from other trees, but its most notable claim to fame is having the widest natural range of any tree in North America. The tree is found as far north as Canada and extends south to Mexico. As if that’s not enough, the aspen holds title to the strange claim of being the largest living organism. Not even whales and sequoias can top this one. Aspens grow in stands called clones, and these clones reproduce by sending up sprouts from their roots. This means that virtually all the trees in a clone are connected by a single root system. One clone in Utah was said to have 47,000 stems and weigh an estimated 6,000 tons, that’s th..
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Top 10 Arbor Day Nursery Trees

Misc Trees Top 10 Arbor Day Nursery Trees By Sheereen Othman | April 3, 2017 Still need help deciding which trees and shrubs to add to your landscape this year? In several hardiness zones, the time for planting is now. Check out the top 10 most popular trees sold through the Arbor Day Tree Nursery and see which trees are perfect for your landscape. North Privet (Ligustrum x ibolium) This deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub is America’s fasting-growing hedge, growing up to 3′ per year. The shrub’s dense, dark, glossy green foliage makes it an excellent choice for hedges and privacy screens. If you’re interested in a hedge with a formal appearance, this privet tolerates shearing well. When you grow it as a hedge, shearing it early and often helps to develop thick layers of branches for year-round privacy. Green Giant Arborvitae (Thuja standishii x plicata ‘Green Giant’) The green giant arborvitae is a large, vigorous, fast-growing evergreen—shooting up by as much as 3′ p..
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Ask an Arborist: The ABC’s of Pruning

Ask An Arborist Tree Pruning Ask an Arborist: The ABC’s of Pruning By Arbor Day Foundation | March 31, 2017 This is part three of a three-part dormant season pruning series. Catch up on part two, what are the rules of pruning and watch part one, why do I need to prune. Tree pruning, trimming, or cutting is an ongoing process throughout the life of your tree. After selecting the right tree and carefully planting it, early pruning is the most important thing you can do for a young tree. Pruning during dormancy is the most common practice. It results in a vigorous burst of new growth in the spring. It is usually best to wait until the coldest part of winter has passed. When pruning your trees, there are steps you can follow to ensure you are making the proper cuts and not removing too much off your tree. Tree experts Andrew Pleninger and Chris Luley created The ABCs Field Guide to Young and Small Tree Pruning to help guide the pruning process. The rules of the ABC’s will t..
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Why are nonprofit groups critical to tree survival in cities?

Urban and Community Forestry/Green Infrastructure Why are nonprofit groups critical to tree survival in cities? By Dana Karcher | March 30, 2017 In my prior life (before ADF, which in my world stands for “before I started my work at the Arbor Day Foundation”), I was the Executive Director for a small tree nonprofit group. I lived in a town that was hot, dry, and dusty. With all my heart, I believed that trees were the answer to that community’s woes. After over 15 years working in trees, I KNOW that trees provide a myriad of benefits that can make a difference to communities. The program that I manage at the Arbor Day Foundation is the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT); a network of tree nonprofits across the United States. I would venture to say, and go so far as to guarantee, that as a collective group of tree planters and advocates, the Alliance for Community Trees members also believe that trees are essential in communities. I also believe that organizations that are..
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Duke Energy Florida Helps Customers go Green

Energy-Saving Trees Duke Energy Florida Helps Customers go Green By Kristen Bousquet | March 29, 2017 The following is a guest post from our friends at Duke Energy Florida. Duke Energy is one of the country’s largest electric utilities, providing power to more than 9.1 million Americans. The task comes with responsibility, like ensuring the company is not only meeting customer needs, but doing so in the most efficient and reliable way. It’s important the company delivers energy safely, for both people and the environment. As a result, Duke Energy is always planning for the future and looking for sustainable ways to become more environmentally responsible. Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program was a great fit with the company’s goals. Duke Energy Florida discovered a way to engage with customers while benefiting homeowners and the communities we serve. So, to celebrate Arbor Day in Florida, Duke Energy Florida and the Florida Forest Service partnered togeth..
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Tuliptree: A Flower bed in the Sky

Tree of the Week Tuliptree: A Flower bed in the Sky By Arbor Day Foundation | March 28, 2017 Liriodendron tulipifera John Tradescant was a gardener to the King of England when he first brought a tuliptree back with him from North America. This foreign tree attracted attention from the locals for its tulip shaped leaves and fast growing height. The tuliptree is distinguished in many ways—from its beautiful late spring flower show and its almost equally vibrant fall colors, to its place in history and its considerable industrial value. This tree is the tallest of North American hardwoods, growing to 100 feet or more and used in making furniture, cabinetry, musical instruments, and wood veneer. In the early history of the United States, giants 200 feet tall or more were commonly found. Despite its stature, the tuliptree is perhaps most known and loved for its large, yellow and orange, tulip-shaped flowers, which bloom in May and early June. Seen from above, from a hilltop o..
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Top 10 Fast Growing Trees & Shrubs

Landscape Design Top 10 Fast Growing Trees & Shrubs By Sheereen Othman | March 27, 2017 Spring planting has already started in some hardiness zones. It’s the perfect time to plan your landscape design. If you’re looking to green your property fast, then consider these fast growing trees and shrubs. Here are the most popular fast growing trees sold through the Arbor Day tree nursery, in order of the most popular. North Privet (Ligustrum x ibolium) This deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub is America’s fasting-growing hedge, growing up to 3′ per year. The shrub’s dense, dark, glossy green foliage makes it an excellent choice for hedges and privacy screens. If you’re interested in a hedge with a formal appearance, this privet tolerates shearing well. When you grow it as a hedge, shearing it early and often helps to develop thick layers of branches for year-round privacy. 2. Green Giant Arborvitae (Thuja standishii x plicata ‘Green Giant’) The green giant arborvitae is a la..
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Top 10 Fruit Trees

Misc Trees Top 10 Fruit Trees By Sheereen Othman | March 20, 2017 With the weather warming up in the southern hardiness zones, tree shipping has begun at the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Nursery. If you’re thinking about adding trees and shrubs to your yard this spring, it’s not too late to order. Here are the top 10 fruit trees sold from the Arbor Day Tree Nursery , in order of the most popular. Bing Cherry (Prunus avium ‘Bing’) When it comes to cherries, the Bing variety tops the list in terms of popularity and production. This hallmark of cherry trees grows in both a standard and dwarf form and can be a major producer once mature. In fact, a standard Bing cherry tree can provide as much as 50–100 lbs. of cherries per year! The cherries are large and heart-shaped with a firm, meaty, purplish-red flesh and a semi-free stone that is easily removed—making them ideal for fresh eating and preserves. Red Jonathan Apple (Malus domestica ‘Red Jonathan’) This late-ripening ..
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