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Ginkgo biloba—The Magnificent Maidenhair Tree

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

I am amazed by the history of Ginkgo trees. They are often called ‘living fossils’ as Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest trees on earth....

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Flowering Cherries – A gift from Japan

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

As spring approaches, I find myself fervently anticipating the Cherry blossoms. The first swelling of the buds creates an eagerness for...

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Laburnum – The Glorious Goldenchain Tree

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

I rejoice in late spring when the long clusters of lemon yellow pea-like flowers hang down like spectacular golden Wisteria blooms. The...

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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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