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Trees with interesting bark shine in winter

Winter brings out the structural elements of the landscape. Trees and shrubs with colorful or textured bark can be real eye-catchers when they’re not competing with flashy flowers or fancy foliage. Some deciduous specimens look especially beautiful when their branches are naked. Here are examples of trees and shrubs whose …

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Rx for powdery mildew

Seeing spots? If you’ve got white spots on your plants, there’s a good chance that it’s powdery mildew, a common, unsightly garden fungus that affects a wide variety of ornamentals and edibles. There is a common misconception that powdery mildew requires moist conditions. On the contrary, it typically proliferates in …

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Permaculture Plants: Cherry, Sweet

The Sweet Cherry is a more temperamental tree to grow, but the fruit is probably worth it   Common Name: Sweet Cherry, Wild CherryScientific Name: Prunus avium Family: Rosaceae Prized by birds, we need to protect our harvest… if we want one!   There is a wide range of cherry colors from …

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Permaculture Plants: Cherry, Tart or Sour

The Tart or Sour Cherry should be required for every home.   Common Name: Tart Cherry, Sour CherryScientific Name: Prunus cerasus Family: Rosaceae A bowl of Tart Cherries… life doesn’t get much better!   Description: The Tart Cherry (a.k.a. Sour Cherry) is closely related to the Sweet Cherry, but as the name …

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Permaculture Plants: Chestnuts

Chestnuts are a must for all Forest Gardens.   Common Name: Chestnut Scientific Name: Castanea species Family: Fagaceae (the Beech family)   Common Species: Japanese Chestnut (Castanea crenata) American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima) American or Allegheny Chinquapin/Dwarf Chestnut (Castanea pumila) Sweet/Spanish/European Chestnut (Castanea satvia)   Uncommon Species: Bush Chinquapin (Castanea alnifolia) Florida Chinquapin (Castanea ashei) Florida Chestnut (Castanea floridana) Unnamed? (Castanea paupispina) …

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Permaculture Plants: Lime, Linden, and Basswood

The American Basswood tree (Tilia americana)   Common Name: Lime Tree, Linden Tree, Basswood Tree Scientific Name: Tilia species Family: traditionally in Tiliaceae (the Tilia or Lime family), but more recently Tilia has been placed in Malvaceae (the Mallow family). The leaves of Tilia species are not only edible, they are really good!   Description: The Tilia species are common in …

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Permaculture Plant: Oregano

The well known Oregano is a great Forest Garden addition.   Common Name: Oregano Scientific Name: Origanum vulgare Family: Lamiaceae (the Mint family) Subspecies:  Origanum vulgare gracile: Kyrgyzstan Oregano Origanum vulgare hirtum: Greek Oregano Origanum vulgare onites: Turkish Oregano Origanum vulgare syriacum: Syrian Oregano Great photo kids picking Oregano in the garden.   Description:Oregano is a …

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Permaculture Plants: Hazelnuts (aka Filberts)

One of the world’s most popular nuts… the Hazelnut   Common Name: Hazel, Hazelnuts, FilbertsScientific Name: Corylus speciesFamily: Betulaceae (the Birch family) or Corylaceae (the Hazel family) depending on the botanist Fresh Hazelnuts. This variety in England is called the Kentish Cobnut.   Common Species: American Hazel (Corylus americana) – large shrub European Filbert …

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Permaculture Plants: Juniper

Junipers are a unique addition to a Forest Garden  (Juniperus communis)   Common Name: JuniperScientific Name: Juniperus speciesFamily: Cupressaceae (the Cypress family) Most people associate Junipers with arid climates… but as long as the soil is well-drained, they can grow in a wide variety of locations. (Juniperus occidentalis)    Common Species: Common Juniper (Juniperus …

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Permaculture Plants: Monkey Puzzle Tree

The prehistoric-looking Monkey Puzzle Tree  Common Name: Monkey Puzzle Tree, Chilean Pine Scientific Name: Araucaria araucana Family: Araucariaceae The large cone of the Monkey Puzzle Tree  Description: The Monkey Puzzle Tree is one of those trees that remind me of the long-lasting investment of planting a tree. These funky looking evergreen trees, …

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