Pine trees in virginia

The green spiky leaves of crassula tetragona succulent plants

One of my favorite succulent plants is named Crassula tetragona. These drought tolerant succulent plants look a little like pine branches with the needles sticking out the sides, or a green bottle brush.

They are often used in bonsai pots to look like pine trees. In the ground for landscaping, they grow up to 4 feet tall.

Crassula tetragona plants will branch at the tips and can be used as a low, informal hedge. The plant’s leaves, which look like fat pine needles are about an inch long.

Leaf color can vary from green to deep, bluish green. Crassula tetragona can take full sun to light shade, love heat and are easy to root and grow.

Like other Crassula, these grow well in dry gardens with other succulent and cacti. Mine do well in heavy, clay alkaline soil. As houseplants, give crassulas up to 6 hours a day of sun.

They should also do well with bright, indirect light. Perennial crassula tetragona plants are drought tolerant and easy to care for; they only need water once a month or so. In summer they get wide, flat sprays of flowers that make me think of Queen Anne’s Lace. Blooms are produced on the tips of their branches. Flower color can vary from white to yellow.

Crassula Tetragona in Container Gardens

Crassula tetragona or bonsai pine succulent plants are great in pots

They are often grown in small bonsai pots and trimmed to appear as pine trees. Without the pinching and trimming these succulent plants form new branches near the top, resulting in thick tops and bare stems at the bottom.

To encourage shrubbier growth, pinch off a few leafs at the top. – And just tuck them into the soil in your pot. They will root and form more plants.

Crassula are hardy to 40 degrees. In my garden they have survived light dustings of frost. But all that water stored in their leaves and branches will freeze if they are exposed to cold temperatures for very long.

Crassula Tetragona Succulent Plant Propagation

Like most succulent plants, they are easy to propagate with stem or leaf cuttings so you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a lot of plants. Bonsai pine plants branch at the tips and can get a little top heavy. Trim from the top of the plant to create more succulents for your landscape.

If you plant the cutting straight up, it will continue to grow that way. If you place a cutting on its side, the cutting will develop roots along the branch and form several plants.

In my yard, the dog sometimes knocks off a few branches here and there. Those branches take root with no help from me, thank you.

crassula tetragona or bonsai pine succulent plants with flowers

So, I’m slowly getting bigger clumps of crassula growing around the yard with no time or effort from me, cool deal.

Xeriscaping with drought tolerant cacti and succulent plants has become popular out here in the arid southwest.

My crassula are growing in both full sun and shade, in heavy alkaline, clay soil. They are poking up around my cactus and their fluffy branches provide a nice contrast to the flat green cactus pads. They get watered once a month (if I remember ).

They’re pretty, carefree and always look green when everything else has fried. If you think you have a brown thumb, this is the plant for you!

Wollemi pine

Wollemi pineLearn about the Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis), a “living fossil” tree of Australia.© University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (A Britannica Publishing Partner)See all videos for this article

Wollemi pine, (Wollemia nobilis), rare evergreen tree, a member of the conifer family Araucariaceae and the only member of its genus. Wollemi pine was found in 1994 growing in a remote canyon in Wollemi National Park, about 200 km (120 miles) northwest of Sydney. This remarkable tree escaped discovery by earlier botanists in part because the only canyon system in which trees grow is bounded by tall sandstone cliffs, and access to the plants requires use of a helicopter or climbing gear. Fewer than 100 adult trees and a few hundred seedlings presently survive in the canyon’s moist sheltered microclimate; their location is kept secret to avoid the introduction of pathogens. The trees were threatened by a bushfire that burned most of Wollemi National Park during the devastating 2019–20 fire season, but a desperate military-style firefighting operation managed to protect the species from possible extinction. The species is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, though a number are cultivated in botanic gardens and private collections around the world.

Wollemi pineWollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis).© Max Moore/

Adult Wollemia nobilis trees are up to 40 metres (about 130 feet) tall, frequently becoming multistemmed with age, with dark reddish brown bark characterized by spongy nodules that give it a “bubbly” appearance. The resinous leaves of the fertile branches occur in four ranks and are up to 8 cm (about 3 inches) long, stiff, flattened, and narrowly strap-shaped; those of shade branches and juveniles are two-ranked, shorter, and narrower. The megasporangiate (female) and microsporangiate (male) cones occur singly on different branch tips toward the top of the same tree. The pendulous slender microsporangiate cones can become 10 cm (4 inches) long and have numerous tiny pollen-bearing microsporophylls. The more massive globose megasporophylls can reach 10–12 cm (4–4.7 inches) in diameter and appear somewhat spiny because the cone scales have outwardly curved elongate tips. A single cone may produce more than 300 small flattened winged seeds.

Soon after its discovery, W. nobilis became known as a living fossil. Pollen grains described in the genus Dilwynites are common in the fossil record of portions of Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and Antarctica dating back more than 90 million years to the Cretaceous Period and are virtually identical to those of the Wollemi pine. The trees that produced these pollen grains began disappearing from the fossil record within the last 10 million years when other species of Wollemia gradually became extinct. Leaf and cone fossil fragments stretching back to the Jurassic Period (201.3 to 145 million years ago) also bear a strong morphological resemblance to Wollemia. Thus, the recently discovered species represents a survivor of a group that was more widespread and diverse millions of years ago.

Virginia Pine

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is reddish brown, wide sapwood is yellowish white.

Grain/Texture: Straight grained with a medium texture.

Endgrain: Large resin canals, numerous and evenly distributed, mostly solitary; earlywood to latewood transition abrupt, color contrast relatively high; tracheid diameter medium-large.

Rot Resistance: The heartwood is rated as moderate to low in decay resistance.

Workability: Overall, Virginia Pine works fairly well with most tools, though the resin can gum up tools and clog sandpaper. Virginia Pine glues and finishes well.

Odor: Has a distinct smell that is shared among most species in the Pinus genus.

Allergies/Toxicity: Working with pine has been reported to cause allergic skin reactions and/or asthma-like symptoms in some people. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: Virginia Pine is sold and mixed interchangeably with other species as Southern Yellow Pine, which is widely available as a construction lumber for a modest price.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, and is reported by the IUCN as being a species of least concern.

Common Uses: Southern Yellow Pine is used for heavy construction, such as: bridges, beams, poles, railroad ties, etc. It’s also used for making plywood, wood pulp, and veneers.

Comments: Virginia Pine is technically considered to be in the group of southern yellow pines, though it is a very minor species.

Related Species:

  • Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)
  • Caribbean Pine (Pinus caribaea)
  • Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)
  • Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana)
  • Jeffrey Pine (Pinus jeffreyi)
  • Khasi Pine (Pinus kesiya)
  • Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis)
  • Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)
  • Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta)
  • Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris)
  • Maritime Pine (Pinus pinaster)
  • Ocote Pine (Pinus oocarpa)
  • Patula Pine (Pinus patula)
  • Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)
  • Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida)
  • Pond Pine (Pinus serotina)
  • Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)
  • Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata)
  • Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
  • Sand Pine (Pinus clausa)
  • Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • Shortleaf Pine (Pinus echinata)
  • Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii)
  • Spruce Pine (Pinus glabra)
  • Sugar Pine (Pinus lambertiana)
  • Sumatran Pine (Pinus merkusii)
  • Table Mountain Pine (Pinus pungens)
  • Western White Pine (Pinus monticola)

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Virginia Pine (sanded)

Virginia Pine (sealed)

Virginia Pine (endgrain)

Virginia Pine (endgrain 10x)

Introduction: Virginia pine is not considered particularly attractive by many people, but it can be a popular Christmas tree species in the South. The gnarled, twisted trunk gives this tree a rugged character useful in many landscapes. Its main attribute is its ability to grow in poor sites such as heavy clay soils where few other plants will grow. Culture: Virginia pine grows best in full sun and performs well in clay or sandy loam. It will grow in poor sites and adapts to most soil conditions except alkaline. It is hardy in Zones 4 to 8. Potential problems with Virginia pine include Diplodia tip blight and pine wood nematode. Recently, southern pine beetles have become a serious pest and killed any native pines, especially in eastern Kentucky.

Botanical Information

  • Native habitat: New York to Alabama.
  • Growth habit: Broad, open pyramid when young with an irregular silhouette; becomes scrubby with long limbs with age.
  • Tree size: 15 to 40 feet tall with a spread of 10 to 30 feet. Growth rate is slow.
  • Flower and fruit: Monoecious. Male flowers are orange-brown; female flowers are pale green. Cones are borne in groups of two to four or singly, and are 1½ to 3 inches long. Cones, which are dark brown at maturity, reach maturity during their second autumn. They have an appendage that makes them sharp. Cones persist on the tree for eight or more years, giving it an unkempt appearance or character, depending on your perspective.
  • Leaf: Needles, in bundles of two, are 1½ to 3 inches long and yellow-green to dark green. Needles remain on the tree for three to four years and are twisted.
  • Hardiness: Winter hardy to USDA zone 4.

Additional information:
The cones of Virginia pine have a prickly appendage that makes them sharp. Low branches on Virginia pine tend to persist, making it a popular Christmas tree in the South. Pruning or shearing is used to improve the shape of the tree for use as a Christmas tree.

Virginia pine is known for taking over abandoned land and holding it for approximately 75 years before other species take over. Virginia pine has weak wood and is susceptible to breakage.

National champion Virginia pines are in Madisonville, Ky. (103 feet tall and 50 feet wide) and Jefferson County, Ala. (114 feet tall and 43 feet wide). This tree was introduced into the landscape before 1739.

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Virginia Pine Tree Information – Tips On Growing Virginia Pine Trees

The Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana) is a common sight in North America from Alabama to New York. It is not considered a landscape tree due to its unruly growth and rugged character, but it is an excellent specimen for naturalizing large spaces, re-foresting and providing habitat and food for animals and birds. Growing Virginia pine trees has become useful for taking over vacant land, which they colonize for 75 years or so before new tree species become dominant. Read on for more Virginia pine tree information and see if this plant is right for your needs.

What is a Virginia Pine Tree?

Virginia pine trees in the landscape are primarily used as barriers, naturalized forests and as an inexpensive slow growing forest. They are a scrubby plants with little ornamental appeal and become gnarled and bent in advanced years. Interestingly, the trees are grown in the south as a Christmas tree.

The Virginia pine is a classic, evergreen conifer. Most specimens reach between 15 and 40 feet in height with low branches and a pyramid shape when young. At maturity, trees develop disproportionately long limbs and a scraggly silhouette. Cones come in groups of two or four, are 1-3 inches long and have a sharp prickle at the tip of the scale. The needles identify the plant as a pine. These are arranged in bundles of two and grow up to 3 inches long. Color is yellow green to dark green.

Virginia Pine Tree Information

Virginia pine is also known as scrub pine due to its untidy appearance and scraggly growth. This pine tree is related to the coniferous group that includes larch, fir, spruceand hemlock. The tree is also known as the Jersey pine because New Jersey and southern New York are the northern limit of the tree’s habitat.

Because the needles remain on the tree for up to 3 years and are stiff and long, the plant also bears the name spruce pine. The pine cones also remain on the tree for years after they have opened and released the seeds. In the wild, Virginia pine grows in un-glaciated soil and rocky outcrops where nutrients are scarce. This makes the tree a very hardy specimen and worthy of planting to reclaim lumbered acreage.

United States Department of Agriculture zones 4 to 8 are appropriate for growing Virginia pine trees. Although growing Virginia pine trees in the landscape isn’t common, it is a useful tree when vacant acreage is present. Many animals and birds use the trees as a home and eat the seeds.

The tree grows beautifully in almost any soil but prefers well drained areas with neutral to acidic pH. Sandy loam or clay soil provide ideal conditions. That said, this tree is so adaptable it can grow where other pines won’t and is useful to cover abandoned and infertile areas, giving it yet another name – poverty pine.

For the first few years, it is a good idea to stake the tree, train the limbs and provide average water. Once established, Virginia pine tree care is negligible. The plant is susceptible to breakage, as the wood is weak. It may also be plagued by pine wood nematode and Diplodia tip blight.

Pinus virginiana: Virginia Pine1

Edward F. Gilman and Dennis G. Watson2


This scrubby North American native tree is most often found growing in the poorest sites and will easily adapt to most soil conditions, except alkaline soils. Capable of reaching up to 70 feet in height, Virginia Pine is more often seen from 20 to 40 feet in height with a 20 to 35-foot spread. The yellowish-green, 1.5 to 3-inch-long, flexible, evergreen needles are joined by the numerous, mature, prickly cones. The thin, orange/brown bark becomes ridged and furrowed on older trees, and is often seen due to the open branching habit.

Figure 1.

Middle-aged Pinus virginiana: Virginia Pine


Ed Gilman

General Information

Scientific name: Pinus virginiana Pronunciation: PIE-nus ver-jin-ee-AY-nuh Common name(s): Virginia Pine, Scrub Pine Family: Pinaceae USDA hardiness zones: 5A through 8B (Fig. 2) Origin: native to North America Invasive potential: weedy native Uses: specimen; reclamation; Bonsai; highway median; Christmas tree Availability: not native to North America Figure 2.



Height: 20 to 40 feet Spread: 20 to 35 feet Crown uniformity: irregular Crown shape: round Crown density: open Growth rate: moderate Texture: fine


Leaf arrangement: spiral (Fig. 3) Leaf type: simple Leaf margin: entire Leaf shape: needle-like (filiform) Leaf venation: parallel Leaf type and persistence: fragrant, evergreen, needled evergreen Leaf blade length: less than 2 inches, 2 to 4 inches Leaf color: green Fall color: no color change Fall characteristic: not showy Figure 3.



Flower color: yellow Flower characteristics: not showy


Fruit shape: oval, cone Fruit length: 1 to 3 inches Fruit covering: dry or hard Fruit color: brown Fruit characteristics: attracts squirrels/mammals; showy; fruit/leaves a litter problem

Trunk and Branches

Trunk/bark/branches: branches droop; not showy; typically one trunk; thorns Pruning requirement: little required Breakage: susceptible to breakage Current year twig color: reddish Current year twig thickness: thin Wood specific gravity: 0.48


Light requirement: full sun Soil tolerances: clay; sand; loam; acidic; well-drained Drought tolerance: high Aerosol salt tolerance: low


Roots: not a problem Winter interest: no Outstanding tree: no Ozone sensitivity: sensitive Verticillium wilt susceptibility: resistant Pest resistance: resistant to pests/diseases

Use and Management

Although considered to have an untidy appearance because of an irregular habit, the very low branches which stay on the tree help make Virginia Pine a popular choice in the South for culture as a Christmas tree. The trees grow moderately fast in cultivation and have a branching structure which tolerates pruning quite well. Pruning or shearing increases branchiness to create a nice Christmas tree. Can also be used for an open-branched specimen in a large-scale landscape.

Tolerant of a wide variety of soil types, Virginia Pine prefers to be grown in full sun on well-drained, loamy soil. It grows on soil too dry, rocky or clayey for most other plants, particularly Pines, but prefers acidic pH. It is useful as a reclamation tree due to the ability to seed itself in and tolerance to poor, dry soil.

Propagation is by seed.


No pests are normally serious to this pine in the landscape, although the list of possible problems is long.


No diseases are normally serious to this pine in the landscape, although the list of possible problems is long.


This document is ENH640, one of a series of the Environmental Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date November 1993. Revised December 2006. Reviewed February 2014. Visit the EDIS website at

Edward F. Gilman, professor, Environmental Horticulture Department; Dennis G. Watson, former associate professor, Agricultural Engineering Department, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville FL 32611.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county’s UF/IFAS Extension office.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.



hat A Wonderful Day to Explore!

Hello! Welcome to my website on Virginia Pines! Look around and find out everything you could ever want to know about this fascinating organism! Thanks for stopping in and taking a look! The Virginia Pine grows in some of the most extreme habitats. It has unique interactions with other organisms and plays a huge role within it’s niche! Besides photosynthesis, Virginia pines have many special components that aid in their nutrition, and they have one of the most interesting forms of reproduction! Find out where these organisms fit in the tree of life, and what their classification is. The Virginia Pine had to go a long way to get to where it is today, it had to make a lot of adaptations to be able to survive! And don’t forget to check out some interesting facts and have some fun! Where to start? I know it’s a hard question to ask yourself!
I chose to make a site on the Virginia Pine because of my appreciation for forests, and all the interconnections that all organisms have with one another. Not only are these pines beautiful and fascinating, but they are also what many people use as a Christmas Tree! So find out all you could ever imagine about the Virginia Pine and have some fun!
This is part of the UW-La Crosse Organismal Biology Class. To see more of these sites created by students, visit

The Virginia Pine are medium sized pine trees that grow to be up to 60 ft tall! They have a reddish brown bark and small needles. These pines are famous in the Christmas tree business and are used all over the world for many different things! Check out how fascinating they are and maybe you will find yourself surprised!

Flowering Trees in Virginia: A Guide for Spring

Virginia in spring is a joy for gardeners and nature lovers of all stripes. The Old Dominion is home to a wide variety of flowering trees thanks to our moderate climate and excellent growing conditions. Many of the well-known flowering trees are native to this region, including our state tree, the flowering dogwood. Many others were imported from other regions, particularly Asia, and have been cultivated here for centuries. Our guide to flowering trees in Virginia will introduce you to the most popular trees you will find in the Commonwealth as well as a few hidden gems that you may want to seek out.

Flowering Dogwood

The flowering dogwood (cornus florida) is the state flower and tree of Virginia. Flowering dogwood trees are native to the region and can be found in most East Coast locations. It is considered one of the most beautiful flowering trees native to North America. It is a small deciduous tree that generally grows to about 20-30 feet tall when mature. Its distinctive flowers have four large petals. White is the most common color for the flowers, but there are pink and red varieties as well.

Kousa Dogwood

The kousa dogwood (cornus kousa), a cousin of our state tree, is native to Asia, but has been found to thrive in Virginia and similar climates. The kousa variety is also less vulnerable to certain leaf diseases that may afflict flowering dogwoods. Kousa flowers are very similar to those of the flowering dogwood, however there are some differences. Kousa dogwoods bloom somewhat later in the year, and their petals are pointed rather than rounded.

Magnolia Trees

There are several types of magnolia trees that thrive in Virginia. The prototypical tree that most people think of when they picture Southern magnolias is an evergreen variety (magnolia grandiflora). This tree boasts dense foliage with broad, shiny leaves and large white flowers. Southern magnolias can grow to be up to 80 feet tall.

Another evergreen variety is the Sweet Bay magnolia (magnolia virginiana). This variety can grow to between 30 and 50 feet tall, depending on the climate. The leaves of this variety are still large, but not quite as thick or dense as the Southern magnolia. Sweet Bay magnolias also have beautiful, large white flowers, which are prized for their sweet, lemony scent.

A popular deciduous magnolia variety is the star magnolia (magnolia stellata), which is native to Japan. Star magnolias bloom in early spring and have large, pink blossoms with long, thin petals. Other deciduous magnolias that you may see in Virginia include the bigleaf magnolia (magnolia macrophylla) and the cucumber tree (magnolia acuminata).

Crape Myrtle

The crape myrtle (lagerstroemia) is another flowering tree well known in the South. This genus is native to Southeast Asia and thrives in warm climates. Crape myrtles are known for their delicate and brightly colored flowers that bloom in the summer. These flowers can be many shades, especially pink, red, and purple. These trees are desirable as they bloom for a long time, giving attractive color to any landscape.

Eastern Redbud

The Eastern redbud (cercis canadensis) is another tree famed for its pink and red flowers. This species is native to eastern North America and grows well in Virginia’s temperate climate. Eastern redbuds grow to approximately 30 feet in height and have dark, smooth bark and long, thin branches. The flowers bloom in late spring or early summer and range in color from light pink to deep magenta.

American Linden

The American linden tree (tilia americana) is native to the eastern half of North America and has been cultivated here since the eighteenth century. It has delicate yellow flowers that have a sweet fragrance and are a favorite of honeybees. The American linden also has other useful qualities. The leaves are edible and have been used as a food source for both humans and livestock. The fibrous inner bark was historically used to make ropes and cords. And the tree’s attractive white wood is often used to construct beehives and other structures.

Flowering Cherry

The flowering cherry tree (prunus serrulata) is native to Japan, but grows in moderate climates all over the world. It is perhaps one of the best-known flowering trees and is the subject of many cherry blossom festivals. The flowering cherry was, as the name suggests, bred for its flowers. While some trees do produce small cherries, many do not. The beautiful pink flowers that bloom for only a short time in the spring are what draw people to this tree.

Cornelian Cherry

The Cornelian cherry tree (cornus mas) is actually a species of dogwood. This small tree has many thin branching limbs and typically grows to be 15-25 feet tall. It has small yellow flowers bloom densely on the branches in spring. The tree bears small cherry fruit in midsummer, which can be used for preserves.

Flowering Crabapple

There are several varieties of crabapple trees (malus), which are typically cultivated for their brilliant blooms. Crabapple trees generally have showy red, pink, or white flowers that add wonderful color to any landscape. Some varieties include the Adams Crabapple (malus adams), Cardinal Crabapple (malus cardinal), and Dolgo Crabapple (malus dolgo).

The Virginia Crabapple (malus domestica), also known as the Hewes Crabapple, is believed to have been cultivated in eighteenth century Virginia. This variety of crabapple is grown mainly for cider production, but it boasts beautiful white flowers as well.

Flowering Plum

The flowering plum tree (prunus cerasifera) is another tree native to Asia that grows well in the Virginia climate. They bloom with a proliferation of pink blooms, generally in early spring, although the timing can vary based on the weather. Some varieties of the flowering plum also have purple leaves, which make it a doubly attractive ornamental tree.


The serviceberry tree (amelanchier arborea) is a popular ornamental tree that provides beauty in almost every season. Its white flowers in spring resemble clouds or snow. These give way to red or purple edible berries in summer, followed by brilliant scarlet leaves in the fall. The serviceberry usually grows to be about 15-25 feet tall

Goldenrain Tree

The goldenrain tree (koelreuteria paniculata) is native to Asia and was introduced to North America in the eighteenth century. It is named for its small, yellow flowers, which grow in cascading bunches. These trees bloom in early summer, making them a good complement to other, earlier blooming trees. Later in the season, it is also recognizable by its large seed pods.

Japanese Snowbell

The Japanese snowbell tree (styrax japonicas) is another in the collection of flowering trees native to Asia that have spread to North America and other regions due to their rare beauty. The Japanese snowbell is a slow-growing tree that forms a shady canopy when mature. Its white, bell-shaped flowers, which typically bloom in April, inspired its name.

American Yellowwood

The American yellowwood tree (cladrastis kentukea) is less commonly found than many on this list. It is native to the American southeast, but is rarely seen in the wild. Despite its relative rarity, the yellowwood is an excellent choice for an ornamental flowering tree. Its drooping clusters of white flowers are truly striking against its deep green leaves. It also offers attractive fall foliage, with leaves that turn bright yellow.

Fringe Tree

The fringe tree (chionanthus virginicus) is another native flowering tree is somewhat less common, although it is easy to cultivate and grows well in our climate. Its white flowers are quite different to most other flowering trees. They have long, thin petals that give the blooms an almost fluffy appearance. It is also colloquially known as old man’s beard. In addition to its unique flowers, the fringe tree boasts stunning yellow leaves in autumn.

Tulip Poplar

The tulip poplar tree (liriodendron tulipifera) is a close cousin to the magnolia family. It is a hardwood tree native to North America, and is one of the taller flowering trees, reaching heights of 70 to 90 feet or more. Despite the name, the tulip poplar is not related to the tulip at all. It was named for the shape of its flowers, which bear some resemblance to tulip flowers. These unique blossoms are green, orange, and yellow and bloom in late spring.


The hawthorn tree (crataegus) features in Celtic and European folklore, and has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It is an attractive tree with a generally pleasing shape, making it a good choice for many landscapes. There are several different varieties of hawthorn, which may have either white or red flowers. The flowers have five petals and bloom in small clusters. Although most varieties of hawthorns do have thorns on their branches, they are quite beautiful ornamental or trees.

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