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Plant of the Week: Cornus alternifolia

Plant of the Week! A striking tree in every season, Cornus alternifolia, Pagoda Dogwood, is the only Wisconsin Dogwood with alternate leaves. Its strongly horizontal, layered branching habit sets it apart and makes for strong architectural interest. Flat clusters of small white flowers appear in spring, followed by fruits that change from green to red...
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Plant of the Week – Caltha palustris

Plant of the Week! Spring is officially here, and with it come the ephemeral native flowers that you must be quick to observe! One such ephemeral is Caltha palustris, Marsh Marigold. Marsh Marigold is a low-growing perennial found in wetlands, fens, stream edges, and other consistently wet areas. The glossy leaves and bright flowers are...
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Plant of the Week: Carya cordiformis

Plant of the Week! Most people are familiar with Carya ovata, Shagbark Hickory, but Carya cordiformis, Bitternut Hickory, is actually more widespread. The tree’s range includes the entire eastern half of the U.S. and Canada, the Midwest, and south to Florida and Texas. It is commonly found in wet bottomlands but can also grow in...
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Plant of the Week: Mitchella repens

Plant of the Week! By this time in the season, a lot of people are craving sunshine and green plants. This is when evergreen Mitchella repens, Partridgeberry, shines. A trailing vine, Partridgeberry stretches along the ground, putting down roots as it grows. It is a beautiful groundcover with hearty, glossy emerald leaves that have a...
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