Broadleaf Mistletoe (Phoradendron spp.) is an evergreen plant that is parasitic in nature, it grows freely on a variety of large landscape trees. Some deciduous host trees of broadleaf mistletoe include Apple, Ash, Birch, Boxelder, Cottonwood, Locust, Maple, Oaks Walnut and Zelkova to name a few. Conifers are not found to often be host of the Broadleaf variety, but can host the dwarf varieties.
Friday, December 31, 2021
Thursday, December 30, 2021
White Pines - Pinus strobus are a large growing evergreen with blue-green needles that are generally 2 1/2-5 inches long. The needles grow very densely on the branches. Pines are different from other conifers/evergreens, their needles grow in sheathed groups of 2,3 or 5. It is a tall tree with straight gray-brown trunk and horizontal growing branches. The cones are small and slender rarely growing longer then 3-6 inches. White Pines can live on average 200-250 years although there are a few recorded to be over 400 years old. Growing about 3 feet per year between the ages of 15-45, but at a slower rate in the juvenille and mature stages before and after that point-they can reach heights well over 150 feet tall, one record holder came in at 207 feet (The Boogerman Pine).
Saturday, December 25, 2021
The custom of the Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany with predecessors that can be traced to the 16th and possibly even the late 15th century. Customs of erecting decorated trees in wintertime can be traced to Christmas celebrations in Renaissance-era guilds in Northern Germany and Livonia. Fir trees have been traditionally used to celebrate winter festivals by both Pagan's and Christian's for thousands of years. Pagans used Fir branches to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it reminded them to think ahead to Spring. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God. A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as pine or fir, traditionally associated with the celebration of Christmas.
Friday, December 24, 2021
The Red Spruce - Picea rubens is a small-mid sized tree that can reach 50-80 feet tall. Red Spruce is a long lived tree that can live to be well over 400 years old. Red Spruce can be found growing from Canada in the North through North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia in the South. The branches on the Red Spruce are close in proximity to one another, growing straight out from the trunk and gently sweeping upward near the ends. The wood of Red Spruce is light in color and weight, straight grained, and resilient. This type of lumber is used for making paper, construction lumber, and stringed musical instruments.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
The Atlantic White Cedar - Chamaecyparis thyoides is a small cedar with irregular rounded cones. It is also known regionally as the Post Cedar or the Swamp Cedar. It is a member of the Cupressaceae (Cypress) Family. A monoecious evergreen tree that grows to up to 120 feet tall on rare occasions but averages 40-60 feet tall. It generally appears with a single straight trunk and spire shaped crown. The tree mostly occurs in bogs and swamps or in highly acidic soils, they also form pure stands within forests dominated by other species. It appears naturally along the Atlantic coastal plain from Maine to South Carolina and along the Gulf Coast Plain from Florida to Mississippi.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
The Common Hackberry - celtis occidentalis, is a deciduous tree or sometimes large shrub. It grows primarily in an erect upright fashion with a single trunk and low branching, rounded, broad crown. The branching habit of the Hackberry can range from slender and horizontal to zig-zag or irregular. It is native to stream banks, flood plains, wooded hillsides and often found in areas that are moist from 0-1800 m. In the North they can be found from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Maine, in the South from North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, West through Wyoming, Colorado, Arkansas, Northern Oklahoma and Northern Texas.
T. Davis Sydnor, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
Monday, December 6, 2021
The Mountain (Fraser) Magnolia - Magnolia fraseri is most easily identified by the combination of gray colored trunk, leaves that are eared near the base and hairless buds and twigs. It is also referred to in some areas as the Mountain Magnolia. Native to rich woods and cove forests from 300-1520 m, this species is confined mostly to the Southern Appalachians, found in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Northern Georgia. It is similar in appearance to the Pyramid Magnolia and is often only distinguished by the native range and habitat.
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
The Turkey Oak - Quercus laevis is most easily identified by the small stature in combination with it's twisted petioles, some leaves that are tri-lobed almost resembling a turkey footprint and dry sandy habitat. It is a small deciduous that grows in a typically upright fashion with a narrow crown. It is native to deep, well drained sandy ridges and sunny hammocks. The trees growth range is limited to only Virginia to Louisiana and Florida. The Turkey Oak covers over 9-10 million acres of land in Florida. It is very similar in appearance to the Southern Red Oak.
The genus Eugenia (Stoppers) - Eugenia is made up of approximately 1000 species distributed throughout the tropical areas worldwide. Only six species occur in North America. Four of these species are considered to be native and 5 are found only in the far South-Eastern portion of the United States. The five species found in North America are Eugenia axillaris, Eugenia foetida, Eugenia confusa, Eugenia uniflora, and Eugenia rhombea. The Eugenia/Stoppers are evergreen shrubs or trees with opposite, simply shaped, leathery leaves. The flowers are generally bisexual with 4 petals and 4 sepals each, they can be found clustered or individually depending on the species. The fruit is in the form of a rounded berry with either 1 or 2 seeds, the top of each berry appears to have a crown shape from the remains of the calyx.