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Amelanchier – A Fruit of Many Names

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

To my mind few sights are as pretty as when the flowers of the Amelanchier start to bloom. The pure-white clusters are made up of many...

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Ruscus aculeatus – The Unique Butcher’s Broom

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

I have a great interest in plants that are either useful or unusual, Ruscus aculeatus is both! This unusual evergreen from Europe and the...

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Tetracentron sinense – A Rare Wonder from China

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

This rare and elegant find from China has captured my heart. Tetracentron sinense is a wonderful and unique tree native to southern China...

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Cercidiphyllum japonicum – Sweet Katsura Tree

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

There are few trees more appealing in the landscape than the Katsura tree. Cercidiphyllum japonicum trees truly have four-season interest....

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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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