Tag Archives: Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

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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PERENNIAL: Polygonatum biflorum (Smooth Solomon’s Seal)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Common in moist woods throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic, this native understory plant is noted for its graceful arching stems, dainty bell-like flowers, and conspicuous leaf veins. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Berry

Can you identify any berries among the edibles to the right? Although nutritionists consider tomatoes, peppers, squash, pumpkins, and eggplants vegetables, botanists categorize them as fruits. Continue reading

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