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TREE: Chionanthus virginicus (White Fringetree, Old Man’s Beard)

An appealing addition to the landscape, this native is rare in Pennsylvania and historical in Delaware’s Piedmont, but frequent to common elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Virginia Native Plant Society named White Fringetree as Wildflower of the Year in 1997. Be aware though, it also appeals to deer! Continue reading

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TREE: Asimina triloba (Pawpaw)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Unpalatable to deer, Pawpaw is increasingly prevalent in the upland under stories deer frequent. Its fruit, with a complex tropical taste (some say banana-mango-citrus) and custard-like texture, is the largest edible fruit native to North America and gives rise to common names like False Banana and Custard Apple. 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. The beauty of the tree’s bark can be seen in detail in this new video by Extension Master Gardener Mary Free. 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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