This native deciduous holly produces prodigious quantities of plump, red, berry-like fruit (called drupes), which decorate the plant from mid-fall into early spring. ‘Red Sprite,’ a female dwarf cultivar, needs the services of the male ‘Jim Dandy’ to make fruit. Purchase at least two females and one male for a “berry” good show. Learn more . . .
By Kirsten Conrad, Extension Agent for Arlington County and the City of Alexandria
Damage to tree bark from deer rubbing their antlers on them. Photo: Christa Rittberg, University of Minnesota Extension
Your young, newly planted trees are very attractive to our healthy white-tailed deer population. Not only are the leaves and tender young growth within easy height for feeding, deer will utilize young trees for rubbing their antlers and do serious damage to the bark and trunk of even newly planted trees.
Protection from wildlife is important for guarding the initial investment of planting. Overall, wildlife protection should be adaptive and based on need, cost, desired effectiveness, installation effort, and ease of maintenance. Continue reading →
The majority of plants reproduce via “perfect” flowers, meaning they are complete in themselves, having both male and female organs within the same structure or at least on the same plant (monoecious plants). There is another category, however, the dioeciousplants.
Common through most of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Little Bluestem gives a brilliant landscape performance. Tight, erect, spiky bluish-green stems and leaves transition to a sizzling fall display of oranges, reds, yellows and purplish-browns topped by fluffy seed heads that persist into winter. Learn more . . .
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