Tag Archives: Tree

TREE: Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar)

This week’s Tried & True selection is 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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TREE: Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweetgum)

Ever wonder what those prickly woody seed balls are underfoot? Look up and if you see star-shaped leaves, it’s the native Sweet Gum. Continue reading

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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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TREE: Cornus alternifolia (Pagoda Dogwood)

Tried and True Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic

Layers of horizontal branches tapering in size toward the top give this highly prized ornamental tree its common name.  This native of the understory of woods in the eastern United States is a favorite tree of ecologist and entomologist Doug Tallamy because of its value to pollinators and birds. Continue reading

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TREE: Betula nigra (River Birch, Red Birch)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Noted for beautiful, exfoliating bark and multiple trunks, River Birch is an excellent food source for wildlife, supporting hundreds of species of moths,
butterflies, and songbirds. It is commonly found in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Mid-Atlantic Region from Pennsylvania to Virginia. Continue reading

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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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