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VINE: Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic: Lonicera sempervirens Lonicera sempervirens
Low maintenance and showy, Trumpet Honeysuckle blooms intermittently until frost.
Check out Mary Free’s video of Hummingbirds feasting on Lonicera flowers.  Continue reading

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Faux-Nuts, Fruits, Berries & Seeds

The bounty produced by the Library Garden this fall captivated many visitors. Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia love sharing the beauty and abundance of Nature’s gifts, while also having the opportunity to answer lots of questions elicited by the great variety of seeds, berries, fruits and the one “faux-nut” displayed in our Glencarlyn Library Teaching/Demonstration garden. Continue reading

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Invasive Plant Factsheet: Chinese & Siberian Elms (Ulmus parviflora & U. pumila)

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: Chinese & Siberian Elms (Ulmus parviflora & U. pumila) 
These trees are classified as invasive in 25 states, including Virginia, and are locally prolific. Their quickly developing fruits can be dispersed by wind away from landscape plantings, and grasslands and stream banks are vulnerable to infestation. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Viburnum prunifolium (Black Haw)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
This elegant large shrub to small tree, found in woods and thickets, has an upright oval crown when young, often becoming irregular with drooping lower branches.  Continue reading

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