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  • Working Together to Plant for the Future

    CSX became a sponsor of the Arbor Day Foundation through the company’s  work with Alliance for Community Trees — a  network of community-based organizations is dedicated to improving the livability of towns and cities through planting and caring for trees. Last fall, some of the Arbor Day Foundation staff met with CSX colleagues at one of the company’s service days that included planting trees in ...

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  • Why Tree City USA? Why YOUR City?

    This article was originally published in the March issue of Community Tree Connections newsletter—The newsletter of the Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Assistance Program. Written by Kristin Ramstad, Acting Urban & Community Forestry manager, Oregon. “I think you just get a flag.” “It doesn’t seem like it’s worth the effort.” “There are too many hoops you need to jump through.” These are stateme...

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  • See how this Supermarket is Protecting Local Watersheds

    Visit any one of our nation’s forests and you will quickly become a fan. Their beauty is majestic and unrivaled. Beyond their beauty, you may be surprised to learn our forests are actually hard at work deep within the tree line. Watersheds found in our forests are the largest supplier of drinking water to more than 180 million Americans across the country. But many of these watersheds are threaten...

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  • Brighten your Landscape with a Rain Garden

    Have you considered adding a rain garden to your landscape? Spring is a wonderful time to redesign your yard. The soil is softer to dig and the rainy weather contributes to initial watering. Rain gardens are a beautiful way to enhance your landscape both visually and sustainably. A rain garden is a garden in a shallow depression made to naturally gather and filter rainwater —designed to temporaril...

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  • Scarlet Oak: A Parade of Red

    Quercus coccinea By any standard, the oak is a brawny tree. It is significant in numbers alone, being the most widespread hardwoods in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. One of the most notable attributes of the oak is its commanding stature. Its amazing strength, beauty, and longevity have made the oak a central part of much of American history. Abraham Lincoln found his way across a ...

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  • Inviting all butterflies: Create an oasis

    It is no coincidence that every time you see a butterfly, a smile stretches across your face. They are exquisite flutters of color that glide flower to flower-pollinating plants around them.  If you find yourself wanting to invite butterflies into your garden, keep reading to find out what trees and shrubs they are attracted to! Butterflies feel welcome almost anywhere, but only if you know what t...

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  • Quaking Aspen: The Overzealous

    Populus tremuloides Unaided, this humble but sturdy little tree has restored many of the forests that man has destroyed, and when cultivated, has replenished many harvested forests within 50 years. The quaking aspen has a reputation for numerous traits that distinguish it from other trees, but its most notable claim to fame is having the widest natural range of any tree in North America. The tree ...

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  • Top 10 Arbor Day Nursery Trees

    Still need help deciding which trees and shrubs to add to your landscape this year? In several hardiness zones, the time for planting is now. Check out the top 10 most popular trees sold through the Arbor Day Tree Nursery and see which trees are perfect for your landscape. North Privet (Ligustrum x ibolium) This deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub is America’s fasting-growing hedge, growing up to 3′...

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  • Ask an Arborist: The ABC’s of Pruning

    This is part three of a three-part dormant season pruning series. Catch up on part two, what are the rules of pruning  and watch part one, why do I need to prune. Tree pruning, trimming, or cutting is an ongoing process throughout the life of your tree. After selecting the right tree and carefully planting it, early pruning is the most important thing you can do for a young tree. Pruning during do...

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  • Why are nonprofit groups critical to tree survival in cities?

    In my prior life (before ADF, which in my world stands for “before I started my work at the Arbor Day Foundation”), I was the Executive Director for a small tree nonprofit group. I lived in a town that was hot, dry, and dusty. With all my heart, I believed that trees were the answer to that community’s woes.  After over 15 years working in trees, I KNOW that trees provide a myriad of benefits that...

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  • Duke Energy Florida Helps Customers go Green

    The following is a guest post from our friends at Duke Energy Florida. Duke Energy is one of the country’s largest electric utilities, providing power to more than 9.1 million Americans. The task comes with responsibility, like ensuring the company is not only meeting customer needs, but doing so in the most efficient and reliable way. It’s important the company delivers energy safely, for both pe...

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  • Tuliptree: A Flower bed in the Sky

    Liriodendron tulipifera John Tradescant was a gardener to the King of England when he first brought a tuliptree back with him from North America. This foreign tree attracted attention from the locals for its tulip shaped leaves and fast growing height. The tuliptree is distinguished in many ways—from its beautiful late spring flower show and its almost equally vibrant fall colors, to its place in ...

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  • Top 10 Fast Growing Trees & Shrubs

    Spring planting has already started in some hardiness zones. It’s the perfect time to plan your landscape design. If you’re looking to green your property fast, then consider these fast growing trees and shrubs. Here are the most popular fast growing trees sold through the Arbor Day tree nursery, in order of the most popular. North Privet (Ligustrum x ibolium) This deciduous or semi-evergreen shru...

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  • Top 10 Fruit Trees

    With the weather warming up in the southern hardiness zones, tree shipping has begun at the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Nursery.  If you’re thinking about adding trees and shrubs to your yard this spring, it’s not too late to order. Here are the top 10 fruit trees sold from the Arbor Day Tree Nursery , in order of the most popular. Bing Cherry (Prunus avium ‘Bing’) When it comes to cherries, the B...

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  • Top 10 Flowering Trees

    The season of vibrant blossoms and sweet scents is almost here.  Although the weather says otherwise in some parts of the country, many people will start their spring planting. Flowering trees are great choices if you’re looking to spruce up your landscape and add splashes of color to your yard. Here are the top 10 flowering trees sold from the Arbor Day Tree Nursery , in order of the most popular...

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  • Ask an Arborist: Why Do I Need to Prune?

    This is part one of a  three-part dormant pruning series. Watch next week to learn the five rules for form and function. Tree pruning, trimming, or cutting is an ongoing process throughout the life of your tree. After selecting the right tree and carefully planting it, early pruning is the most important thing you can do for a young tree. Pruning during dormancy is the most common practice.  It re...

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  • Ask an Arborist: What are the Rules of Pruning?

    This is part two of a  three-part dormant pruning series. Watch next week to learn the ABC’s of Pruning. Tree pruning, trimming, or cutting is an ongoing process throughout the life of your tree. After selecting the right tree and carefully planting it, early pruning is the most important thing you can do for a young tree. Pruning during dormancy is the most common practice.  It results in a vigor...

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  • Southern Magnolia: A Southern Charm

    Magnolia grandiflora Magnolias are entwined with the history of the south. Named after Pierre Magnol — the French botanist who discovered the tree in Louisiana and took seedlings back with him to France —  magnolias have become iconic landscape trees in the South.  With oversized, fragrant flowers, it’s easy to see why admirers have developed more than 150 cultivars in attempt to extend the tree’s...

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  • Smoketree: A Mystic Mirage

    Cotinus coggygria Native to the rolling hills of the Mediterranean, this luring beauty is a tree that ignites curiosity. It is one of the most arresting shrubs available to gardeners today. As the name denotes, the smoketree is a tree (or shrub) with wispy filaments that resemble haze or smoke. Traditionally, the smoketree was a source for clothing dye because of the powerful chemicals found in th...

  • Top 10 Shade Trees

    Spring shipping starts today! Looking for a great shade tree that will add beauty and benefits? Check out the top 10 shade trees sold through the Arbor Day nursery. Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) The Quaking Aspen enjoys many claims to tree fame. Thanks to its tiny, fluffy seeds that are carried far and wide by the wind, and to its tolerance to many soil conditions, it is one of the first tre...

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  • Arborist Advice: Why Should You Prune Your Trees During the Dormant Season?

    Guest Post by John Lang at Friendly Tree. The snow may still be falling, but your trees need care during every season. Pruning during the dormant season when buds have yet to open and trees are in hibernation, provides numerous benefits. “Applying proper pruning techniques at the correct time of year is an essential component of maintaining urban forests,” says Keith Wood, community forestry progr...

  • Austrian Pine: Tree of the Dust Bowl

    Pinus nigra The Austrian Pine was introduced to the United States in 1759. A Native of Austria, northern Italy and Yugoslavia, the tree made its way to the U.S. when mass numbers of central Europeans were immigrating to the U.S. Despite its foreign roots, the tree played a key role in the American landscape. People brought the Austrian pine with them as they moved from the coasts to the Great Plai...

  • Brook Trout are a Sign of a Clean Watershed

    We all have them. Hunting and fishing spots that hold special meaning for us. A trout stream where we first learned to fly fish, and that remains our favorite even though we’ve explored many streams since. Or maybe there’s a public forest nearby where the deer hunting just seems to get better and better. These places change over time, because that’s what nature does. Sometimes change comes from ma...

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  • Dawn Redwood: The Long Return

    Metasequoia glyptostroboides   The Dawn Redwood is a living testimony to the surprises still found in nature. The tree was believed to be extinct and only known as a fossil, until it was discovered in China in the 1940s. In 1928, Japanese scientists who specialized in plant fossils began studying cone and leaf fossils that looked a lot like the sequoia trees in California. But by 1941, they were c...

  • 6 Fun Facts About Presidents and Trees

    The tradition of planting and gardening at the White House dates all the way back to the first president to ever take office, when John Adams planted a vegetable garden. But the tradition of planting trees on White House grounds started with Thomas Jefferson. President Jefferson planted a grove of trees on the lawn. Over the past 200 years, numerous U.S. presidents have carried on this tradition o...

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  • Trees are More Than Their Beauty

    Last fall we shared The Blue Trees — an inspiring art installation by artist Konstantin Dimopoulos to raise awareness about global deforestation.  The Blue Trees started in Australia and made its way to the U.S., but not without capturing public attention. The installation has done exactly with artist Dimopoulos aimed to do: get people talking about trees. Deforestation has increased around the wo...

  • Loblolly Pine: The Eisenhower Tree

    Pinus taeda One of former president Dwight Eisenhower’s favorite hobbies was golf. He loved it so much that he continued to play in the winter and painted his golf balls black just so he could see them against the snow. He was a regular at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Few things could distract him from the game, but a giant Loblolly Pine on the golf course could. A Loblolly Pine sat ...

  • The Immortal Evergreen

    How are the plants in your yard looking these days? If you live in the North, as I do, your deciduous trees and shrubs are probably pretty bare. My sweetgum tree, viburnum shrubs and spirea shrubs were some of the last holdouts. Even my neighbor’s Bradford pear tree, always one of the last to give up the struggle, has shed the remainder of its tardy but oh-so-brilliant fall foliage. But not all is...

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  • Eastern White Pine: Monarch of the Forest

    Pinus strobus Eastern white pine trees were among the first trees colonists discovered when they first came to the country. Hundreds of miles of eastern white pine once lined the Hudson River. It was one of the most popular evergreens that blanketed the east coast. These old giants reached as high as 200 feet and extended nearly 40 feet around. The Fight for Independence White pines like those old...

  • Community Tree Canopy Programs Made Easy

    This story originally ran on Sustainable City Network. Written by Randy Rodgers. Empowering citizens to acquire the right trees, and plant them in the right locations, can make an important contribution to a city’s sustainability goals, and the Arbor Day Foundation recently made it a lot easier for local governments and organizations to get a tree distribution program up and running. By now, most ...

  • NFL Super Bowl Goes Green with Tree Plantings

    In a few short days, one of the largest events in the world, Super Bowl LI, will kick off in Houston, Texas. Capitalizing on this iconic event, the NFL and Verizon teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and leave a positive “green” legacy in and around the host communities. On a beautiful afternoon in January, team members of the Verizon and...

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  • Douglasfir: A Western Champion

    Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca Early Beginnings Scottish botanist David Douglas was among early explorers to North America. He travelled to and from the continent on numerous voyages studying plant culture. On his second expedition, he explored the pacific northwest of the United States in what the Royal Horticultural Society called his most successful expedition. Douglas introduced more than 2...

  • Too Warm To Grow Tree Crops? Pushing Through Climate Change Challenges

    This story originally ran on KVPR, an NPR member station in Central California. Written by Ezra David Romero. The valley’s fruit and nut trees need cold temperatures in the winter in order to go to sleep and wake up healthy in the spring. New research suggests that in as little as 30 years, it may be too warm in the valley to grow these trees due to climate change. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David...

  • Ask an Arborist: Why Should I Plant Evergreens?

    Certified arborist Pete Smith explains the benefits of planting evergreens on your home landscape. Evergreen trees provide numerous benefits when planted around your home. They can be used as a living snow fence, provide energy savings, and block cold winds. Additionally, they beautify your home. Living Snow Fence Planting a living snow fence is more cost effective than installing a slatted snow f...

  • Leyland Cypress: A Transatlantic Hybrid

    x Cupressocyparis leylandii Seven hundred fifty years ago, a wealthy Englishman in Wales imported trees from the Pacific coast of the U.S. to add to his collection of trees from around the world. A Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) from California and an Alaskan Cedar (Cupressus nootkatensis) —a cedar-like tree found in the forests of northwest North America. The Discovery In their natural h...

  • Beauty from the Boreal Forest

    The taiga forest —or boreal forest as we call it in North America — is the largest terrestrial biome in the world (other than the oceans).  Taiga is Russian for forest, but it also refers to the northern-most, barren part of the biome situated on the edge of the tundra, whereas boreal —named after the Greek god of the North wind — is often used to refer to the southern part of the biome most commo...

  • The American Arborvitae

     Thuja occidentalis Did you know the American Arborvitae was the first North American tree introduced to Europe? In fact, that’s how it earned its scientific name. Occidentalis means “west,” the direction from Sweden where the tree was discovered. Once colonists took the tree back with them to Europe, it quickly grew as a popular species in landscapes and gardens. But the beauty of this evergreen ...

  • What Makes Good Coffee?

    Arbor Day coffee is organically grown under the canopy of the rain forest in Latin America. Every delicious cup you drink preserves 2 square feet of rain forest, provides growers with a fair wage, improves local infrastructure and increases access to healthcare and education. The simple act of drinking responsibly grown coffee can make a big difference. Measuring the Quality of Coffee As the Found...

  • The Pioneer Cabin Tree

    When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When Great Trees Fall, Maya Angelou One of the country’s most iconic trees toppled over Sunday afternoon as result of heavy winter storms hitting California and Nevada. The “Pioneer Cabin Tree” as it was named, was one of a few tunnel sequoia trees in California. The tree was located on Calavera Bi...

  • Planting Trees to Attract Birds

    While birds are a joy to watch and listen to all year long, it is particularly during the long winter months when their bright and cheerful presence is even more appreciated. Following an especially cold and dreary winter, the coming of spring brings thoughts of planting trees and shrubs to attract these delightful feathered friends. While they certainly enrich our lives with their presence when t...

  • Society of Municipal Arborists Announces its 2017 Urban Tree of the Year: Chestnut Oak

    The 2017 SMA Urban Tree of the Year is native to much of the Eastern United States. Hikers from New York to Tennessee who ascend to dry ridges will often see the deeply furrowed, blocky barked trunks of chestnut oak (Quercus montana) (syn. Q. prinus). The bark is so distinctive, it may be the only ID feature one needs. There’s growing interest in using chestnut oak in the urban environment because...

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  • Trees Make Good Neighbors

    Happy National Good Neighbor Day! Some homeowners are lucky to go through life without the struggle of horrible neighbors. Most of my bad neighbor stories are from my early apartment days when I took what I could get and also what I could afford. Having recently left the best neighbors in the world behind, I was keenly aware of what I was looking for when I moved to Lincoln. But it is hard to know...

  • Kandil Sinap: Apple of the Sea

    Malus domestica It’s apple season, the time of year you start noticing more varieties of apples appearing in your grocery stores and farmer markets. The selections range from the good ole’ granny smith and Red Delicious, to the Stayman Winesap and Red Jonathan. With more than 2,500 varieties of apples grown here in the U.S.—100 of which are grown commercially— it makes one wonder, where are all th...

  • Why Trees are Good for Business

    There is no other time like fall that quite incites the desire to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. The splash of color that dances across the landscape as leaves begin to turn finds us relishing in the splendor of trees. The crisp fresh air and smell of pine has us bursting outdoors on hikes and bike trails before the settling of winter’s slumber. These are welcomed and anticipated reminders o...

  • What I Learned as a Tree Board Member

    In the fall of 2014, feeling fairly intimidated, slightly inadequate, but even more excited, I decided to take a leap.  Or more appropriate for this audience – I decided to “branch out.” The Communication-and-Spanish-Major-Turned-Certified-Arborist submitted an application to join the Lincoln, Nebraska Community Forestry Advisory Board! I waited for what felt like an eternity to hear back—in reali...

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  • Red Delicious Apple: The Fruit of Knowledge

    Malus domestica ‘Red Delicious’ Legend has it that the red delicious was named when its discoverer sent samples of the apple to a commercial nursery in Iowa (back in 1892).  One bite into the apple and the nursery owner exclaimed, “Delicious”! The nursery owner must know a thing or two about tastes, because the red delicious is the country’s most widely planted apple tree. Of more than 2,500 varie...

  • Favorite Tree Friday: The Bur Oak

    Each month an Arbor Day Foundation staff member shares their favorite tree. We have taken our Favorite Tree Friday series and invited guest bloggers to share their favorite tree with us. This month Mark Hirsch of That Tree tells us why he loves the bur oak. My favorite tree resides all alone precariously in the middle of a Wisconsin cornfield. I did not pick my favorite tree, but through life chal...

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  • Red Maple: The Versatile Vermillion

    Acer rubrum Looking to add a little color to your landscape? The fiery hue of the Red Maple is a beautiful variety that can successfully grow in numerous climates. While the Red Maple’s orgin stems from the eastern half of the U.S., it’s now considered one of the most widespread deciduous trees in the United States. The Red Maple’s adaptable root system allows it to thrive in various types of soil...

  • Now in Full Swing: Harvest at Arbor Day Farm

    Harvest at Arbor Day Farm is once again upon us, with the bounty of the vineyard and orchards now at the peak of freshness. First up: Grapes. And lots of them. Arbor Day Farm’s team of harvesters took to the vineyards in mid-August to bring in more than 7,000 pounds of grapes — LaCrosse, Chambourcin, Edelweiss, and Vignoles — each bunch hand-cut from the vine. As you can imagine, this is slow, ted...

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