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A massive Quercus robur stands outside the village of...
Roderick Cameron | Aug 16, 2020
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An article published in Scientific American recounts how...
Website Editor | Aug 13, 2020
Quercus alba at Melbourne Botanic Gardens
One of the largest oaks at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic...
Tim Entwisle | Aug 09, 2020

Plant Focus

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Six oak cultivars originally described by Jef Van Meulder in 2014.

Native Trees for North American Landscapes

By Guy Sternberg with Jim Wilson

Many common native trees are just as beautiful as cultivated exotics. Since they have evolved with local conditions and are well adapted to their climate, they often require less maintenance and won't escape to invade a balanced ecosystem. The authors' extensive horticultural knowledge is distilled in this comprehensive cross section of trees native to North America, from the Atlantic to the Rockies and from northern Canada to the Gulf Coast. The main section of the book is divided into tree profiles, each describing flowers and fruit, native and adaptive range, culture, and problems. The authors also list the best seasonal features - whether a tree has striking bark in winter, for example, or bright fruit in fall. In all, more than 650 species and varieties, and more than 500 cultivars, are discussed. The book costs $59.95.