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  • Picea glauca When Jacques Cartier sailed up the broad St. Lawrence River in 1535, he became the first colonist to see North America’s white spruces. As he laid claim to the land, he proclaimed the trees to be “as beautiful as one could wish for.” According to Cartier, the white spruces were “the finest trees in the world.” Four hundred years later, naturalist Donald Peattie echoed Cartier’s remark...

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TreeHeads

  • Guest post by Emanuel Craciunescu of TreeHeads. The forest kept calling me, but I ignored it. Why were the outdoors beckoning me? I had too much work to do. The screen needed my constant attention. Responding to emails, directing photo restoration and age progression projects for missing people and fugitives as part of Phojoe.com was my life. But it was starting to affect me. I love what I do, but...

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  • Guest post by Liz Garton Scanlon, author of children’s book Kate Who Tamed the Wind. Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited as stating, “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” I’d add that the creation of a thousand dreams is in one child. We should’ve tended to the planet better twenty and fifty years ago — we know that now. But here is the next generation, just as full of optimism and cre...

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  • Whether to buy a real Christmas tree or artificial is an age-old question filled with lots of debate. Critics on both sides argue why one tree is better than the other. Naturally, artificial is the safer option, after all you’re allowing real trees to live where they belong, in the forest, and using an artificial one that can be used year-after-year, right? Not quite, in fact, most real Christmas ...

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2017: A Year of Growth

  • The days are short and the temperatures are cold this time of year. It’s a great time to reflect on all that we have accomplished. As I think about the last year, Arbor Day Foundation members and partners have made the scale and positive impact of our work greater than ever. Here at home, you’ve made it possible to deliver thousands of trees to replace those lost to hurricanes and natural disaster...

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  • Abies concolor If you ramble around in the central mountains of the West, chances are good that you will encounter a white fir. You can fit it near the tourist meccas in Yosemite Valley and scattered in the isolated reaches of some of the steepest, rockiest slopes of the Sierra Nevadas and the Rocky Mountains from Idaho to Mexico. In fact, while rarely numerous or found in pure stands, white fir h...

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  • Thank You For Your Support “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead We value our relationships. Relationships with our members, our program partners, and our corporate partners and supporters. We acknowledge that relationships are essential to helping us further our mission. And since our ear...

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  • Juniperus virginiana Eastern redcedar is the most wide-spread conifer in eastern North America. It is also the most drought-resistant and one of our most controversial trees. to Robert Lemmon, author of The Best Loved Trees of America, eastern redcedar is “a friendly sort of tree, a lover of pasture hills and farm hedgerows, happy in the broad, free spaces of the open country…” Naturalist Donald P...

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  • “We’re fine. We survived.” “It’s just material things.” “I know a guy with a tree remover, so I’m going to call him and get to work.” These are just a few statements voiced from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Survivors. Natural disasters have a way of putting life into perspective. Earlier this fall, towns and cities across the southeast and Caribbean experienced the strongest hurricanes of t...

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  • Guest post by John Lang, certified arborist, Friendly Tree. One of the best things you can do to ensure a beautiful, healthy and thriving spring landscape is to properly put your yard and plants to bed before the harsh weather arrives. Whether you’re mourning summer’s end or unpacking your winter boots in anticipation of cooler days, these tips will help you prioritize what needs to be done before...

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  • “Anyone who measures the height of two London planes at Bryanston, Dorset, will assume either he, or his hypsometer (a measuring device), has gone barmy,” writes Thomas Parkenham in his book, Meeting with Remarkable Trees. Parkenham’s humorous enthusiasm is directed at two magnificent London planetrees “girthing” at 16 and 18 feet. He says that their massive trunks give them “such graceful proport...

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  • Picea abies Norway spruce is a familiar sight in much of the United States, but it is really a tree of Europe. There, it is the tallest tree on the continent, with one in the Carpathian Mountains once measured at a lofty 226 feet. Like its name implies, this tree grows in the Scandinavian countries. However, its natural range extends south to the Pyrenees and Alps, and eastwards through Poland and...

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  • Cyber Monday is a great day! Why is it great, you ask? I’ll tell you! It is the one day out of the entire year you can sit in the comfort of your chair, sip your cup of coffee, and have great deal after great deal available right at your fingertips. Ten years ago the Monday after Thanksgiving was coined as “Cyber Monday” – in short, Cyber Monday is like Black Friday but you get to avoid all the cr...

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  • Tilia cordata Few of our street trees have a heritage as rich as the littleleaf linden. We enjoy this transplant from Europe for its pleasing shape, dense canopy, and super-fragrant flowers, but to the ancients it was much more. Littleleaf linden is one of some 30 species of lindens native to the northern hemisphere, including our native forest tree, basswood. In Europe, littleleaf dominated the w...

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  • Arbor Day Coffee is grown by farmers who are committed to using sustainable agroforestry management practices on their farm. Agroforestry is a land use management system where trees or shrubs are grown around crops or pastureland. We call it the shade-grown difference. This shade-grown practice of harvesting coffee leads to healthier crops and has a positive environmental impact. In some cases, it...

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  • Guest Post by Mike Andrews, My Door Pro. Whether you just moved into a new home with a large lawn or recently sparked an interest in gardening, this article is for you. Sure, you can always ask your neighbors how they did it in their lawns, but as usual, you want to stand out from the crowd. You want your garden to be as attractive and as colorful as possible without the high cost. Thinking of tra...

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  • Arbor Day fall shipping started this week, which means your new trees will be arriving soon and ready to plant. Thousands of trees will be shipped from the Arbor Day nursery. Here are the 10 most popular Arbor Day nursery trees finding their new homes. Green Giant Arborvitae Thuja standishii x plicata ‘Green Giant’ The green giant arborvitae is a large, vigorous, fast-growing evergreen—shooting up...

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  • Catalpa speciosa Catalpa is a hard tree to overlook. Trumpet-shaped flowers herald its awakening for the summer and are soon followed by some of the largest leaves in the northern hemisphere. Elephant ears would not be too far off the mark for their description. Finally come the seed pods — bean-like in shape draping the tree like green tinsel. There are two key species of catalpa in the United St...

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  • Some of the most breathtaking natural wonders of the world are found deep in forests. Pristine lakes, towering trees, and scenic views attract thousands of tourists to these protected sites. But many of these sites are filled with hauntings pasts. Here are six forests that are rumored to be haunted. For the bold and daring, these are perfect for quick thrills. Life hack: don’t hike in secluded for...

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  • Acer saccharum Europeans were long familiar with the qualities of the maple wood. Species growing in the old world were used for the unpleasantness of pikes and lances. Imagine the happy surprise to find a maple in the New World from which fine furniture could be crafted and from which sugar could be produced in great quantity. So great, in fact, that it became an important commodity to sell or tr...

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  • A Visit to Arbor Day Farm Inspires Members to Make Major Gift Leon’s special respect for the environment and his connection with trees and agriculture began as a young man working side by side with his father on their Iowa farm. “I’ve always had this deep appreciation for trees and the land,” says Leon. After many years of being Arbor Day Foundation members and making several trips through Nebrask...

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  • We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of planting the Right Tree in the Right Place. And it’s because healthy tree care starts at planting. If you want to avoid the cost of having a tree removed because it is a safety hazard, then be sure to plant in an appropriate space for the species of trees. Read The Right Tree for the Right Place The character of tree crowns and the form or sha...

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  • Acer saccharinum Silver maples, wrote naturalist Donald Peattie, “impart to every stream and bank where they grow, to every big red Hoosier barn and little white farmhouse, to all the village streets and the long straight roads where they have been planted, an air at once of dignity and lively grace, a combination rare in a tree as in a human.” Elders among the silver maples are a friendly sight i...

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  • Guest post by Mike Wallace, The Living Urn® . The practice of planting trees in memory of the deceased dates back thousands of years and is common in many cultures.  At The Living Urn® , we wanted to take this beautiful practice a step further. We wanted to make a difference in the lives of others while at the same time giving back to nature. We thought, what if we could plant trees with the crema...

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  • Acer rubrum Red. The color of passion — and the extremes that go with it. It is love on the one hand and danger, warning, or even hate on the other. In the psychology of colors, red has a lot of meanings, but mediocrity is never one of them. Red is not a color to be ignored. How appropriate for a species like red maple. Here is a tree of great beauty and extremes. It is a tree loved by many but de...

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  • Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum When Swedish doctor-botanist Carl Thunberg was privileged to travel to Japan late in the eighteenth century, he secreted out drawings of a small tree that would eventually become synonymous with the high art of oriental gardens. The first specimen of the tree arrived in England in 1820 and was named Acer palmatum after the hand-like shape of its leaves. This would ...

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  • Evergreen trees offer numerous benefits when strategically planted around your home. They provide year-round color in the winter when other trees are bare. Additionally, evergreens can be used as a living snow fence, keeping cold winds out which results in lower energy costs. Here are the top 5 evergreen trees sold through the Arbor Day Tree Nursery. Watch Ask an Arborist: Why Should I Plant Everg...

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  • Have you heard the story of Kaldi the goat herder and his frolicking herd? The famous Ethiopian legend tells the story of Kaldi who noticed how excited his sheep became after eating fruit from a certain tree. Curious, Kaldi tried the fruit. Soon he was bursting with energy. After watching the odd behavior of Kaldi and his herd, a monk took some of this strange cherry fruit back to his monastery wh...

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