Category Archives: Tree

TREE: Crataegus crus-galli (Cockspur Hawthorne)

Tried and True Native Plant Selection for the Mid-Atlantic

While this native member of the Rose Family is found naturally in clearings, glades, woodland borders, and roadsides, it is a tough, adaptable tree that does well in urban settings. Its name refers to its long spines, which are said to resemble the spurs of a cock
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TREE: Quercus alba (White Oak)

Tried and True Native Plant Selection for the Mid-Atlantic

This member of the white oak taxonomic group is an important plant to maintain biodiversity, and it supports an amazing 517 lepidoptera species. Continue reading

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Identifying Trees by Their Bark

Woody plants can be identified upon close examination of their bark. Variations in color and texture of bark, as well as other characteristics, provide helpful clues to a plant’s identity. Read on to learn more about bark and then test your own tree identification skills with the Bark Quiz, which will appear each Sunday in 2020 on our Facebook page. Continue reading

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TREE: Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar)

The first of the 2020 Tried & True Native Plant selections is the Eastern Redcedar. This tree’s dense foliage provides excellent roosting and nesting cover for birds. Besides being a favorite wildlife food, the fruit gives gin its characteristic flavor. Continue reading

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