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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Ask an Arborist: What are the Rules of Pruning?

Ask An Arborist Tree Pruning Ask an Arborist: What are the Rules of Pruning? By Arbor Day Foundation | March 17, 2017 This is part two of a three-part dormant pruning series. Watch next week to learn the ABC’s of Pruning. 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. Proper pruning will save you money and give you a safer more beautiful, healthier, and easier-to-maintain tree. Remember what you do to your tree in its first few years of life will affect its shape, strength, and even its life span. If we focus our pruning efforts strategically – with the right tools – we can develop long-lived urban trees! Watch part ..
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Southern Magnolia: A Southern Charm

Tree of the Week Southern Magnolia: A Southern Charm By Sheereen Othman | March 14, 2017 Magnolia grandiflora Magnolias are entwined with the history of the south. Named after Pierre Magnol — the French botanist who discovered the tree in Louisiana and took seedlings back with him to France — magnolias have become iconic landscape trees in the South. With oversized, fragrant flowers, it’s easy to see why admirers have developed more than 150 cultivars in attempt to extend the tree’s range into the North. The oldest Southern Magnolia standing today is on Washington State Park in Washington, Arkansas. The tree is said to have been planted near an important road junction in 1839 by Gen. Grandison D. Royston. It was near a blacksmith shop where Jim Bowie fashioned his famous knife. Some call it the Jones Magnolia because two unrelated boys were born to Jones families the same year the tree was planted. Both became Colonels in the Confederate army and one, Daniel W. Jones, e..
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Top 10 Flowering Trees

Landscape Design Top 10 Flowering Trees By Sheereen Othman | March 13, 2017 The season of vibrant blossoms and sweet scents is almost here. Although the weather says otherwise in some parts of the country, many people will start their spring planting. Flowering trees are great choices if you’re looking to spruce up your landscape and add splashes of color to your yard. Here are the top 10 flowering trees sold from the Arbor Day Tree Nursery , in order of the most popular. Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia) There’s no better way to welcome the coming of spring than with the profusion of yellow blooms covering graceful, arching branches. The forsythia is a fast-growing, hardy shrub that blooms early—providing a sunny sight before the rest of the landscape greens up. Fragrant Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) Spectacular flowers in shades of lilac, light purple, or lavender make this old-time lilac a garden favorite. The long-lasting flower clusters bloom in April or May and are..
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Ask an Arborist: Why Do I Need to Prune?

Ask An Arborist Tree Pruning Ask an Arborist: Why Do I Need to Prune? By Arbor Day Foundation | March 10, 2017 This is part one of a three-part dormant pruning series. Watch next week to learn the five rules for form and function. 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. Proper pruning will save you money and give you a safer more beautiful, healthier, and easier-to-maintain tree. Remember what you do to your tree in its first few years of life will affect its shape, strength, and even its life span. If we focus our pruning efforts strategically – with the right tools – we can develop long-lived urban trees! Ha..
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Smoketree: A Mystic Mirage

Tree of the Week Smoketree: A Mystic Mirage By Sheereen Othman | March 7, 2017 Cotinus coggygria Native to the rolling hills of the Mediterranean, this luring beauty is a tree that ignites curiosity. It is one of the most arresting shrubs available to gardeners today. As the name denotes, the smoketree is a tree (or shrub) with wispy filaments that resemble haze or smoke. Traditionally, the smoketree was a source for clothing dye because of the powerful chemicals found in the sap. The species was almost driven to extinction during the Civil War when it was sought out for its use in dying cloth. Even today, the leaves of the smoketree are sometimes harvested in Europe for their tannin content, with the extract as high as 30 percent. Although the sap of smoketree can sometimes cause an allergic reaction, the leaves are steam-distilled by some pharmaceutical companies and used in shampoos, toothpastes, and even as flavoring in food, wine, and tobacco industries. When grow..
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Top 10 Shade Trees

Featured Misc Trees Top 10 Shade Trees By Sheereen Othman | March 6, 2017 Spring shipping starts today! Looking for a great shade tree that will add beauty and benefits? Check out the top 10 shade trees sold through the Arbor Day nursery. Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) The Quaking Aspen enjoys many claims to tree fame. Thanks to its tiny, fluffy seeds that are carried far and wide by the wind, and to its tolerance to many soil conditions, it is one of the first trees to spring up after forest fires. In Autumn, the stunning yellow foliage brightens the landscape and finds its way onto calendar pages and magazine covers. 2. Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) Aside from its reputation of being a major source of syrup, the sugar maple is a source of other things. Historically, the ashes of sugar maple were used for soap-making, and consuming the syrup was said to aid in kidney and liver problems. Additionally, the hardwood from this tree made it a top choice in furniture ma..
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Arborist Advice: Why Should You Prune Your Trees During the Dormant Season?

Featured Tree Care Arborist Advice: Why Should You Prune Your Trees During the Dormant Season? By Arbor Day Foundation | March 1, 2017 Guest Post by John Lang at Friendly Tree. The snow may still be falling, but your trees need care during every season. Pruning during the dormant season when buds have yet to open and trees are in hibernation, provides numerous benefits. “Applying proper pruning techniques at the correct time of year is an essential component of maintaining urban forests,” says Keith Wood, community forestry program manager for the Colorado State Forest Service. “By being proactive and pruning trees during the late winter, residents can help maintain the health, appearance and safety of their trees for the long term.” Well-maintained trees are an asset to any property, and can actually increase a property’s value by up to 14 percent. A healthy tree in good condition can be worth up to $10,000, proving that maintaining your landscape truly is a good inves..
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