45 results found for: birch

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River Birch

River Birch Betula nigra Description & Overview Excellent for wet soil conditions. Beautiful exfoliating cinnamon-brown bark exposes the pink inner bark. Resistant to bronze birch borer. River birch is also known as Black Birch, Red Birch, and Water Birch. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: Yes USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 3 […]

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Yellow Birch

Yellow Birch is one of the largest Wisconsin native birch trees, reaching 80 feet tall and 50 feet wide. Delightful, tiny male and female catkins bloom in spring, followed by cone-like fruits with seeds in late summer. Yellow Birch leaves are golden yellow in fall, lighting up the landscape with color, while peeling bark provides interest in winter.

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Sweet Birch

Sweet Birch, a medium-sized tree, is best known for its beautiful, shiny black-brown bark and bright yellow foliage in the fall. Every part of the tree has a wintergreen fragrance, making it a standout in the landscape. Flowers, dainty catkins, bloom in spring, attracting many pollinators.

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Bog Birch

Bog Birch is an uncommon shrubby tree, with reddish bark, lovely small oval leaves, and catkins that bloom from mid-to late-spring. Many insects are drawn to the flowers, while buds and nutlets provide food for songbirds. Great as a shrub, hedge, or in a wildlife garden.

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Paper Birch

Paper Birch is a spectacular Wisconsin native tree with thin, white papery bark that peels to reveal the reddish-brown color underneath that becomes pure white with age. Dark-green leaves turn golden in autumn lighting up the landscape with color. Paper Birch also provides shelter and food to birds, pollinators, and small mammals.

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2017 Spring Plant Draft Picks

2017 Spring Plant Draft Picks We’re excite to announce the 2017 spring plant draft picks. Tulip blooms dotting the landscape aren’t the only sign that spring has arrived. Football fans eagerly watch to see who their favorite teams will acquire to create a winning line up in fall. These players […]

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Crazy Common Caterpillars

My son, Jack loved to grab, throw, and chew on books when he was one year old. He also adored books being read aloud to him. I was reading him “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle and it occurred to me that we often overlook these juvenile versions of […]

Urban Trees: Narrow Space Savers

Urban Trees: Narrow Space Savers | Small – UNDER 15’ TALL Urban Trees: Narrow Space Savers A common theme we see in landscapes today are small spaces in need of vertical accents and urban trees. Whether you have a limiting lot size or an existing bed with a hole you […]

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American Beech

American Beech Fagus grandifolia Description & Overview American beech is an aristocrat of the forest! Large, stately tree with light gray, smooth bark that can resemble an elephants hide. Edible nuts are attractive to most wildlife and are produced at 2-8 year intervals. Slow growing. Climax forest tree. Core Characteristics […]

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Planting Container Trees in Fall

Planting Container Trees in Fall Planting Container Trees in Fall How timing and plant selection can decrease stress on plant and person alike. Fall is a great time for planting trees. It\’s a total win-win. Trees don\’t like to be moved, it stresses them out. Planting container trees in fall […]

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Naughty Natives pt 1: Trees

Naughty Natives – Part 1: Trees Explaining why native plants are great could fill an entire library, trust me. However, sometimes people think that because a plant is native that must mean it is perfect, and all native plants are well-behaved and interact nicely with their plant buddies. This \”Naught […]

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Choosing Natives

Choosing Natives You may ask yourself, what is a native plant? Well, simply said (or not so simply) a native plant is one that has occurred naturally, without human help, in a particular place since before European settlements. These plants have existed and evolved over thousands of years in a […]

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Getting Wild

Getting Wild Getting wild with native plants gains popularity as each year passes. I remember when I first started working at the nursery in 1980. Native Oaks were hard to come by. Few nurseries carried them. Musclewood was a cool little plant that grew down in the woods at the […]

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Timing Is Everything

Timing Is Everything I’ve heard it said a hundred times, “in life, timing is everything”. I believe this is true in life, love, and horticulture. Success or failure depends on it. In my life, if I hadn’t met my love, Lori, when I was a 21-year-old, wide-eyed hippie working at […]

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Harvest Windows & Dig Times

Harvest Windows Harvest Windows Throughout the spring season, we hear from a lot of panicked people who think that their trees have to be in the ground by June. So not true! And although this video pertains to harvesting field-grown plants in the spring, the theme is the same for […]

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Container Grown Trees

Container Grown Trees Container Grown Trees Johnson\’s Nursery grows a variety of container trees, adding to the diversity of our growing operations and range of plants available to our wholesale clients. We appreciate the opportunity to serve and provide you with quality nursery stock. Contact your wholesale salesperson for availability […]

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Deer Protection, Buck Rub & Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Plants, Buck Rub & Protection Deer resistant plants is a very common topic in Wisconsin, especially in fall. It\’s often an initial question on new landscape projects of all sizes. Deer resistant, repellent, deterrent, and deer proof can all be used synonymously with the topic. Ultimately, fencing is […]

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What’s A Red Maple, Anyway?

What’s A Red Maple, Anyway? I am often asked if we carry Red Maples at Johnson’s Nursery. My reply is, what do you mean by “red maple”? In this article I break down what is and isn’t a red maple, and why it matters to you. Red Maple The true […]

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Canadian Hemlock

Canadian Hemlock Tsuga canadensis Description & Overview Gracefully pyramidal in youth, Canadian Hemlock becomes pendulously pyramidal and open with age. Light yellow-green spring growth changes to a lustrous dark green, with small graceful cones held on the branches. Cooler, moister sites are best for this tree. May also be known […]

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Structure and Disease Resistance

Structure and Disease Resistance Featured Image: Ulmus spp., Elm Urban Approved plants must have good structure, require low-to-minimal maintenance, and have no major insect and disease issues. These characteristics mean different things for different plant categories, which are explained below. Trees Urban Approved trees must have strong branching that resists […]

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Metal Trees

Metal Trees How many of you out there are into Metal? You know—Heavy Metal—not the Switch Grass—or the music—or the art—or the scene. I’m talkin’ about the TREES, MAN!!! METAL TREES!!! Dudes!!! Dudettes!!! I don’t mean trees that are manufactured in fake Christmas tree factories. I’m talking about real trees […]

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White Spruce

White Spruce Picea glauca Description & Overview White Spruce is a moderately fast growing native spruce with a broad, conical form. Its needles are an attractive blue-green, contrasting with its small, brown cones. This wide-ranging species is more tolerant of poorly drained and nutrient deficient sites than other spruces, but […]

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Where Do Baby Plants Come From?

Where Do Baby Plants Come From? In all my years of writing now, I’ve always skirted around an important issue. That is plant sex. I know most of you in the landscape industry are familiar with human sex at least from summer to winter. Spring–not so much! So, I think […]

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Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple Acer saccharum Description & Overview The Wisconsin State Tree, Sugar Maple is one of the hardiest and long lived of all the maples. Valued commercially for timber and syrup production, this tree is a staple of Wisconsin woodlands and fall color. With fall color ranging from gold to […]

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Ironwood

Ironwood Ostrya virginiana Description & Overview Ironwood is a small, slow-growing pyramidal tree native to the dry understory in our local oak woods. Its small mature size is great for restricted spaces and the tree will thrive in sun or heavy shade. While it has shown promise as a street […]

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Understanding Nursery Stock Sizes

Understanding Nursery Stock Sizes Understanding Nursery Stock Sizes Most commonly, growers use caliper, container size, and height (inches or feet) for units of measurement for nursery stock. Why do we need multiple units? Because all plants are uniquely different and grow differently. In any of those 3 size units, it’s […]

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Northern Catalpa

Northern Catalpa Catalpa speciosa Description & Overview Northern Catalpa is a tall shade tree with large, heart-shaped leaves and gorgeous, fragrant white flowers. Long, cigar-like pods persist through winter. This tree could have been the inspiration for the story Jack and the Bean Stalk. Although it has been naturalized in […]

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Understanding Nursery Stock Shapes

Understanding Nursery Stock Shapes – single stem Understanding Nursery Stock Shapes Some species can be found naturally in various shapes and forms. And over the past several decades, consumer demand has affected nursery stock shapes creating additional shapes. Customers want the perfect plant, in the right size, color, shape, and […]

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Common Witchhazel

Common Witchhazel Hamamelis virginiana Description & Overview A fall blooming large scale shrub, with native habitat and wildlife value, Common Witchhazel brings year round interest to wooded areas. Fragrant, four (4) crinkly petaled, ribbon-like flowers draw in your interest towards the end of fall. Its unique crooked branched crown is […]

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Quaking Aspen

Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides Description & Overview Quaking Aspen is a fast-growing, narrow-oval to pyramidal, Wisconsin native tree with lustrous dark green foliage that shimmers in the slightest breeze. This pioneer species is quick to colonize open spaces, especially where there is bare soil. Its creamy white bark and rapid […]

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Silky Dogwood

Silky Dogwood Cornus amomum Description & Overview Native to Wisconsin’s streambeds and swamps, Silky Dogwood plays an important role in local ecosystems. A great choice for moist or wet areas. This large-to-medium-sized lowland shrub produces spectacular porcelain-blue fruit clusters in late summer which are a favorite of local wildlife. Silky […]

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Bigtooth Aspen

Bigtooth Aspen Populus grandidentata Description & Overview Bigtooth Aspen is one of, if not the fastest-growing native trees in Wisconsin. It’s an early colonizer of prairies and woodland edges but prefers drier sites than its cousin, Quaking Aspen. Named for the large teeth on leaves that shimmer in a summer […]

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Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum Description & Overview Wild Geranium is a Wisconsin native perennial with delightful loose clusters of saucer-shaped purple-pink flowers with white centers in May through June. The flower are borne above attractive, open clumps of deeply cut, green foliage. This native perennial is great when planted en […]

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Bird Garden in Wisconsin

Build a Bird Garden in Wisconsin How to Build a Bird Garden in Wisconsin no-repeat;center top;;auto0px Build a Bird Garden in WisconsinWatching backyard birds is relaxing, entertaining, and educational. Seeing a bright red cardinal in the middle of winter is uplifting. A visit from a ruby-throated hummingbird outside the breakfast […]

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Swamp White Oak

Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor Description & Overview Oak genetics are amazingly diverse and there seems to be an oak tree adapted for almost every situation. The Swamp White Oak is no exception – it’s not only native to our local ecosystem but can also adapt to different soil conditions. […]