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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
The Living Forest: What Tree Rings Tell Us About the Life of a Tree
Trees are great record keepers, they tell us so much about the past. They are also resilient organisms, outliving humans and animals. Some of the oldest trees in the world are thousands of years old — like bristlecone pine. They’ve lived through major environment changes, climate shifts, and numerous historical events. There are trees standing today that are older than the establishment of...
Aug 18, 2017 8:00 AM ET
Burbank Plum: Named After a Genius
Prunus salicina ‘Burbank’ Luther Burbank is undoubtedly one of the most successful plant breeders the world has ever known. Through his keen eye and genius for selective breeding, Burbank created and introduced more than 200 new varieties of fruits and nuts and hundreds of decorative flowers. Familiar names such as Shasta daisy,...
Aug 16, 2017 8:00 AM ET
Simpson Nurseries Helps Deliver Trees to Homeowners
Have you ever placed your hand against the window only to jerk it back from the heat of the glass? Or maybe the frost on the outside was cooler than you anticipated. Summer heat and winter frosts can make it difficult for your house to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. When your home sits openly under the warmth of the sun or fights heavy winds, it must work harder to stay cool or...
Aug 14, 2017 8:30 AM ET