Pine trees are immediately what come to mind when most people think of Christmas trees. But a visit to a local tree farm will prove there are several varieties that grow in our area, and each one has its own unique features. Not sure which one to … Read More
Acer saccharum, more commonly known as a Sugar Maple, is a native tree with a dense, rounded crown of green leaves. It is famous for its spectacular fall color of bright yellow to burnt orange in autumn. The Sugar Maple is a very common tree in the … Read More
Ilex, more commonly known as a Holly, comes in many varieties, but 'Nellie R. Stevens' is perhaps one of the most attractive. This large evergreen shrub grows quickly and more densely than its relatives. Large, bright orange-red berries adorn rich green leaves from late fall into winter.
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Carpinus betulus, more commonly referred to as a Hornbeam, is a moderately-sized tree. The Fastigiata, or 'upright', variety grows in a narrow shape, which can be pruned for growing in a hedge as seen above. The hornbeam has no major insect or disease problems, and its dark … Read More
Lagerstroemia, more commonly known as the Crape Myrtle, is a favorite among landscapers. It can be grown as either a shrub or a petite tree. Crape Myrtles bloom from late spring until early fall, in varying shades of pink, red, purple, and white. Their petals have a crinkled … Read More
Betula nigra, commonly referred to as River Birch, are known for their peeling bark characteristic. The exfoliating habit exposes different shades of the tree bark, adding interest to any landscape. The leaf canopy is a lustrous green in spring and summer, changing to yellow in fall.
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You may be thinking that we are being redundant since last week's Plant of the Week was the Japanese Maple, but the Japanese Laceleaf is very unique from its relative. Arguably one of the most refined of all maples, the Acer palmatum 'Dissectum' has a much more … Read More
The upright (non-dissected) Japanese Maple is referred to as Acer Palmatum var Atropurpureum. This specimen tree is has attractive foliage that ranges in color from green to burgundy, depending on the variety and planting location. The variety pictured above is planted in a relatively shaded area. The … Read More
Fagus sylvatica, more commonly known as a European Beech, is a popular ornamental shade tree. Beech trees tend to branch close to the ground and are particularly dense. They are less hardy in areas south of DC as they do not tolerate extreme heat. The variety pictured … Read More
April is a very exciting month for us! Not only does spring really kick into high gear, but both Earth Day and Arbor Day are celebrated in April too! And what better way to wrap up April than celebrating trees?
Arbor Day's roots (pun intended), stem all the … Read More