Tag Archives: Tree

TREE: Cornus alternifolia (Pagoda Dogwood)

Tried and True Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic: Cornus alternifolia (Pagoda Dogwood)

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: Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye)

2020 Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Native mostly to the southeastern United States,* this understory tree
is found in woods and along streams. Its common name refers to
shiny seeds called buckeyes, which are encased in husked seed
capsules. Its showy flowers, suggestive of firecrackers, have led to
its alternative name, Firecracker Plant. Continue reading

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TREE: Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)

This week’s Tried and True is the beautiful Redbud which not only has amazing flowers in spring but is full of fruit at this time of year. Read more and learn about cauliflory. Continue reading

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TREE: Amelanchier arborea (Downy Serviceberry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Common in woodlands throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, this native provides seasonal interest from early spring blossoms through vivid fall color. Edible fruit is ready for picking early summer, but there will be fierce competition with the 58 wildlife and 35 bird species that use this tree.
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