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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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