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Small Trees Can Provide Shade Too
Shade is important for energy-conservation and to reduce air conditioning bills. But what if you have a single-story home with limited space? Medium to large trees just aren’t practical for your space.

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Baldcypress: King of the Swamp
Nowhere is a tree species so intertwined with a place as the baldcypress is with swamps. Beginning with the art and literature of early America, images of baldcypress trees have been used to portray mystery and melancholy in the watery lowlands.

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The Dish on Dirt: Why Soil Matters to Tree Health
Have you ever planted multiple trees or shrubs at the same time and noticed one variety flourishing while the other had no progress? There are numerous factors that can affect your plant health, one of which is soil.

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Washington Hawthorn: A Symbol of Hope
Native to the southeast U.S., the Washington hawthorn was first discovered by an unknown explorer and taken to England in the late 1600s.

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Arbor Day Foundation Member Story: Larry Hobart
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.

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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.

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The Kousa Dogwood
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.

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Experts Learn How to Protect Trees AND Utility Lines
Unfortunately, trees and other vegetation — if not planted in the right place — are not always compatible with our energy needs. The network that crisscrosses North America includes about 5 million miles of high-voltage distribution lines (the ones that run down our neighborhood streets), 450,000 miles of very high-voltage transmission lines largely running across the natural landscape, and 300,000 miles of underground liquid and gas pipelines. Trees growing near this enormous system can pose several problems. Kids climb trees and can be exposed to dangerous electrical lines. Tree care workers and homeowners might not know the danger that these lines pose to them as they do their daily work.

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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.

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Burbank Plum: Named After a Genius
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.
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