Category Archives: Tree

TREE: Ilex opaca (American Holly)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic: Ilex opaca (American holly)

Today commercial demand for holly has declined, but its value in the landscape has not. It comes into its glory as temperatures drop and berry-like fruits ripen to brighten the winter scenery. Continue reading

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Northern Virginia Bird Parents Face Caterpillar Shortages

Northern Virginia Bird Parents Face Caterpillar Shortages

“Parents often feed their chicks even after they fledge, similar to what some human parents experience these days with their Millennial fledges. And while local parents have recently been confronting scarce supplies of paper products and frozen pizzas, these poor bird parents will tell you they’ve been suffering caterpillar shortages in this urban area for years.” Continue reading

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TREE: Carya ovata (Shagbark Hickory)

Tried and True Native Plant Selection for the Mid-Atlantic
This slow-growing, but long-lived, large tree is indigenous to river banks and flood plains and makes an attractive ornamental specimen for large landscapes with its good fall color and distinctive exfoliating bark. It also provides excellent support to a variety of wildlife.
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TREE: Thuja occidentalis (Arborvitae, Northern White Cedar)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native tree of northeastern and north central North America can be very long-lived; along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment in Canada, specimens could be over 1,000 years old. The common name, which means “tree of life,” refers to the medicinal properties of the bark and foliage, which cured scurvy. Continue reading

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