Arbor Day Blog

Arbor Day Blog

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Washington Hawthorn: A Symbol of Hope
Crataegus phaenopyrum Native to the southeast U.S., the Washington hawthorn was first discovered by an unknown explorer and taken to England in the late 1600s. It was commercially grown in Georgetown and became popular around Washington D.C., its namesake. The Washington hawthorn was originally...
Aug 30, 2017 8:00 AM ET
Arbor Day Foundation Member Story: Larry Hobart
Know the joy of helping the worldto be a better place.Put a shovel in the ground,leave a tree your family can trace. Meet Larry. Poet, philosopher, gentleman, and Foundation member. His passion for life and making a difference in the world can be felt through his poems. Larry wrote the excerpt above, expressing his love of planting trees. “I like the...
Aug 28, 2017 8:00 AM ET
The Right Tree for the Right Place
Trees offer so much to home landscapes and benefit homeowners and the communities they live in whether it’s shade, beauty, privacy, windbreak, or higher property values. But these benefits are only enjoyed when you plant the right tree in the right place. One of the key factors that influence the...
Aug 25, 2017 8:00 AM ET
The Kousa Dogwood
 Cornus kousa Dogwood trees are well known for their delicate beauty in the landscape. Kousa dogwood not only meets the standard for attractiveness, it adds a hardiness that makes this species an excellent choice for home landscapes and urban areas. This small tree makes its visual...
Aug 23, 2017 8:00 AM ET
Experts Learn How to Protect Trees AND Utility Lines
Guest post by Phil Charlton, Ph.D. Executive Director, Utility Arborist Association. North America depends on electricity and gas. Admittedly, I get my energy from caffeine but I depend on electricity to make the coffee. My house is heated with gas. I depend on streetlights and stop lights, both of which depend on electricity. Our jobs, factories, and every other part of life...
Aug 21, 2017 8:00 AM ET