Pest to Watch For – Eastern Tent Caterpillar

With the arrival of beautiful spring days, new leaves emerge on trees and Eastern Tent Caterpillars emerge from eggs and begin feeding on the new foliage. Their favorite hosts include Crabapple, Apple and Cherry trees, along with many other shade and fruit tree varieties. The path of destruction created by the Eastern Tent Caterpillar can […]

Tip of the Week – Newly Planted Tree Survival Tips

  Hundreds of thousands of trees are planted along city streets and other public, commercial and private properties in the United States each year. Unfortunately, perhaps 50% or more do not survive beyond one or two years……….Why? When a tree is dug for transplanting at a nursery, up to 90% of the tree’s root system […]

Tree of the Week – Osage Orange

  OSAGE ORANGE ‘WHITE SHIELD’ (Maclura pomifera ‘inermis’) This new fruitless & thorn less male (only female Osage Orange bear fruit) Osage Orange should be an excellent addition to our “Urban Forest Diversified Tree Species Planting List”. The wood of the Osage Orange is very dense, storm and decay resistant. Some users reportedly make wedges […]

Tree of the Week – Tulip Poplar

  The Tulip Poplar is not actually part of the Poplar family, but is actually part of the Magnolia family.  It has a very unique simple leaf, shaped like a tulip, hence the name.  This is a great tree for a large space, they grow quickly and can grow upwards of 100′ with a 20′-40′ […]

Tree of the Week – Eastern Redbud

The spring is the time of the year where everyone is excited for new growth and the fresh, bright colors of all the blooming plants.  This year has given us an early arrival of that with the warm March temperatures that we had.  Albeit, those great moments of Spring are still here and more to […]

Tree of the Week – Bald Cypress

BALD CYPRESS, Taxodium distichum Bald Cypress is a deciduous conifer native to much of the United States. Being deciduous, it is one of the few conifers that drops all of its leaves or needles in the fall. Bald cypress is well suited to extremely wet conditions, in its natural environment it is commonly found in […]

Tip of the Week – Proper Tree and Site Selection

Whether you are replacing trees or adding new trees to the landscape, a successful long term relationship is a lot like being a matchmaker.   You need to match the conditions of your planting site(s) with the growing needs of the tree species selected.   Start by evaluating your planting site(s) growing conditions.   A list of ‘must […]

Tree of the Week – Cucumber Magnolia

  The Cucumber Magnolia is a primitive plant that has been around since the time of the dinosaurs. Fossils back up the theory that Magnolias have been on the Earth for at least 100 million years. This Magnolia is one of the hardiest of the group, being native to the USA and thriving in USDA […]

Tree of the Week – Turkish Filbert

This tree is native to Europe and Asia, with a form similar to another common tree used in the urban setting, the Little Leaf Linden.   The shape is oval to broadly pyramidal.  Mature height is 40 to 50 feet, depending on exposure and resources.  The bark is grayish and corky, becoming flaky with age.  This […]

Tree of the Week – Eastern White Pine

Eastern White Pine is a distinctly unique conifer belonging to the ‘soft pines’ sub group of the Pinus genus. Historically, it has a huge range of native stands in 31 states and several Canadian provinces. This includes isolated native stands in Illinois such as White Pines State Park in Oregon, Illinois. The native habitats of […]