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Native Tree of the Week — Canada Plum

Rob Routledge, Sault College, Canada Plum Description As much as we love trees for their natural beauty, their shade, and their environmental benefit, trees that also produce food for humans hold a special place in our hearts. We’ve already covered an...

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Native Tree of the Week – Balsam Poplar

Balsam Poplar As Old Man Winter once again sends his frosty chill across Ontario and we seek refuge from the cold, let’s talk about a native tree that isn’t chilled at all by Hamilton’s winter, a tree that can take even more frigid environments. Balsam Poplar...

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Native Tree of the Week – Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple Is there a more Canadian tree than the sugar maple? The national tree of Canada is, of course, cherished for its production of the sap that becomes maple syrup, a Canadian household staple. The leaf on the Canadian flag is based on a sugar maple leaf,...

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Native Tree of the Week – Basswood

Basswood Our company boasts more tea drinkers than coffee drinkers, so the basswood tree is among our favorites. Why? Because its flowers are often used to produce a sweet, honey-flavored tea that’s among the most popular teas in Europe, and it's a tree native to...

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Native Tree of the Week – Pawpaw Tree

Pawpaw Tree I'm a sucker for trees with unusual names and features (see also: Gingko Balboa), so a fruit tree that resembles vegetation in the tropics but is indigenous to Southern Ontario is right up my alley. This is the Pawpaw tree, a veritable gem to our region...

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The Neighbour’s Tree

The Neighbour's Tree Rarely a week goes by that we don’t get a call from a prospective customer to inquire about their neighbour’s tree.  The one variable in most of these situations is the reasons why the customer is interested in the neighbour’s tree to begin with....

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Urban Wood Utilization

Urban Wood Utilization Quite often when people talk about what arborists do, they relate it to the stages in the life of a tree.  Arborists plant young trees, prune them as they get older, and cut them down when they become a hazard.  The final stage most often...

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Reasons for Tree/Branch Failure

Reasons for Tree/Branch Failure We hope that this in depth guide will help you understand exactly what you need to consider to protect yourself in the event that there is tree or branch failure. We also would like to provide you with 6 ways to protect yourself in case...

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Why Prune a Tree?

Why Prune a Tree? A question I have been asked is “If trees don’t get pruned in the forest, then why do we do it in the city?”.  So why prune a tree? That is a great question but it starts with an inaccurate premise. Trees in the forest do get pruned yet instead of a...

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Tree of the Week – Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba While it is not near as common as some of the other trees explored in this series, the Ginkgo Biloba's striking characteristics ensure that this tree won't go unrecognized in the urban treescape. Ginkgos are some of the oldest trees ever found on earth....

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Tree of the Week – Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) The thorns on a native Honey Locust make the thorns on a rose bush look like peach fuzz. But thankfully, while every rose has its thorns, this is not so with Honey Locusts. Most Honey Locusts that you will find have been cultivated...

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