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Clements Nursery: Tree of the Month

Red Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus rubra

Red oaks transfer well and grow rapidly. Because they easily adjust to city conditions and provide much-needed shade, red oaks do well in urban and suburban settings. Red oaks grow rounded crowns and turn an eye-catching shade of red each fall.

Caution: Oaks are tall growers; don’t plant under or near utility lines.

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Scientific Name: Cercis Canadensis

Announce spring’s arrival with redbud seedlings. This beautiful tree, also known as Eastern redbud, produces clusters of pink, purple or white flowers in early spring. Heart-shaped leaves turn yellow in autumn.

Don’t forget mom this Mother’s Day! Give her a lifetime of colorful spring blossoms.

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Scotch Pine

Scientific Name: Pinus sylvestris

This evergreen grows well on its own or can be planted in groups to form a windbreak. The Scotch pine is hardy, likes to be planted in full sun and is drought tolerant. Scotch pines hold their needles for a long period of time after harvesting and make great Christmas trees.

Fun fact: Outside North America, the Scotch pine is generally called Scots pine.

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Chestnut Oak

Scientific Name: Quercus prinus

The chestnut oak is a common West Virginia tree. Its leaves resemble those of the American chestnut, have hairy undersides and turn yellow in the fall. Chestnut oak bark is a source of tannin, a substance used to tan leather. The tree is commercially valuable for its tannin and because it makes strong crossties and fence posts. Chestnut oaks are slow growing and reach tall heights. Give them plenty of time and room to reach their full potential.

Fun fact: Chestnut oaks also are called rock chestnut oaks or rock oaks.

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