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Tilia americana – The Basswood Tree

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

 In his wonderful book ‘Stalking the Healthful Herbs’, Euell Gibbons describes hearing the ‘Basswood’ long before you see it. When the...

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Vaccinium vitis-idaea – The Lovely Lingonberry!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

Growing up and having some Swedish heritage, lingonberry jam was a pantry staple in our house.  However, most folks I speak with have...

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Cercis – The Rosy Redbud

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

Redbud trees in bloom are one of my favorite sights in spring! The unique way that purplish-pink flowers burst directly from the bare...

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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi – Brilliant Bearberry!

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

Winter is upon us and I’ve rediscovered how much I love to see Arctostaphylos uva-ursi with its brilliant-red berries covered in a dusting...

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Fothergilla – A native wonder!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

Fothergilla, known as Witch-Alder, is a wonderfully fragrant and interesting native shrub from the Southeast United States. In April-May,...

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Stewartia pseudocamellia – A four-season beauty

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

There are few trees that match the grace and beauty of Stewartia pseudocamellia. Known in Japan as ‘natsu tsubaki’ or ‘summer camellia’,...

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