February 26, 2011
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Wisconsin Red™ Musclewood

Wisconsin Red™ Musclewood Carpinus caroliniana ‘Wisconsin Red™’ Description & Overview A Johnson’s Nursery origination; J.N. Plant Selections introduction, the Wisconsin Red™ Musclewood is a fantastic small-scale tree with a dense canopy! Improved fall color on our Wisconsin strain is reliably orange-red. Its leaf and bark characteristics resemble a small beech […]
January 9, 2011
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Bur Oak

Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa Description & Overview The iconic oak of Wisconsin! Bur Oak is one of the toughest oaks, tolerant of highly alkaline soils and drought. Most have interesting corky bark on young branches. The acorns make it an excellent plant to attract wildlife. Use where space is not […]
December 1, 2010
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Sugar Maple

Sugar Maple is the Wisconsin State Tree and one of the hardiest and long-lived of all the maples. This native tree has spectacular yellow fall color and is coveted for its sap which is used to make maple syrup.
October 29, 2010
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Pagoda Dogwood

Pagoda Dogwood is an incredibly useful small tree or large shrub native to Wisconsin’s woodlands and forests. Fragrant spring flowers attract myriad pollinators.
October 1, 2010
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White Oak

White Oak Quercus alba Description & Overview White Oak is a large, strong, imposing Wisconsin native specimen tree. It has a stocky trunk with wide-spreading horizontal limbs that are picturesque. Its foliage turns to a brilliant display of colors in autumn with showy shades of orange, red, and violet. This […]
September 28, 2010
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Hybrid Swamp x Bur Oak

Hybrid Swamp x Bur Oak Quercus x schuettei Description & Overview Quercus x schuettei is a naturally occurring hybrid between the Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) and the Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor). This oak is a great choice for lowland areas with saturated soils or sites that are high and […]
September 27, 2010
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Speckled Alder

Speckled Alder is a small, Wisconsin native tree that's commonly found in wetter soils. It is extremely valuable for many wildlife species and an important host plant for many pollinators.
September 17, 2010
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Cockspur Hawthorn

Cockspur Hawthorn Crataegus crus-galli Description & Overview Cockspur Hawthorn is a deciduous tree that features a stunning, umbrella-shaped growth habit, spring flowers, fall fruit, and brilliant orange fall color. It’s incredibly versatile in most landscape styles. This tree has large sharp thorns. It’s best to avoid planting in areas where […]
September 11, 2010
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Common Hackberry

Hackberry is a Wisconsin native tree known for its upright vase shape, corky bark, tolerance in urban settings, and fruit that supports wildlife.
August 24, 2010
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Red Maple

Red Maple is a Wisconsin native tree that's tolerant of most soils and sites. This is evident by its presence in many different ecotypes throughout its native range from Maine to Florida and west to Texas.
August 19, 2010
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Black Cherry

Black Cherry Prunus serotina Description & Overview Black Cherry is a medium-to-large sized deciduous tree that is native to much of eastern North American, Mexico, and Central America. It typically occurs in both lowland and upland woods and along streams. It is noted for its fragrant white flowers, attractive glossy […]
August 19, 2010
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Musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana) is a Wisconsin native tree with tremendous wildlife value. Musclwood is a great mid-story landscape tree.
August 17, 2010
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Pin Cherry

Pin Cherry is a Wisconsin native tree and a rare find in the nursery trade! Perfect for a bird garden, reforestation, or naturalization project, its bountiful shiny red drupes are a favorite of many varieties of wildlife, especially birds and pollinators.
August 11, 2010
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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 […]
July 25, 2010
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Ironwood is a small, slow-growing pyramidal tree native to the dry understory in Wisconsin's oak woods. Its small mature size is great for restricted spaces.
July 15, 2010
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Black Walnut

Black Walnut is a beautiful Wisconsin native shade tree with many benefits for mammals and pollinators. Black Walnut produces edible nuts and is a valuable tree for high-quality timber.
June 30, 2010
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Black Oak

Members of the Quercus genus are at the pinnacle of wildlife value – Black Oak is no exception. This fellow Wisconsinite is commonly found growing in the Southeastern part of the state - naturally occurring in our upland woods, sandy woodlands, or sandy savannas. This oak is known for the charcoal to the brownish-gray color of its trunk, and is distinguished from other oaks by the patches of tan to reddish-brown hairs on the foliage's undersides.
June 24, 2010
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Oak Comparison

No tree symbolizes strength and longevity more than the mighty oak. Oaks are at the pinnacle of ecological value. With over 90 different species in North America and about 435 worldwide, Quercus has the most species in a tree genus in the Northern Hemisphere. Consisting primarily of large and long-lived trees, Quercus is a true force to be reckoned with.
March 30, 2010
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Allegheny Serviceberry

Allegheny Serviceberry is a Wisconsin native multi-stemmed tree or small shrub, with a narrow and upright, oval form. Fragrant white flowers bloom in spring, followed by purple, edible, sweet fruits that ripen in June. These coveted berries are used in jams, jellies, and pies if you can get to them before the birds! Dark green foliage turns a brilliant orange-red in fall extending the season of interest. Pollinator-friendly, Allegheny Serviceberry is a host plant for the Red-Spotted Purple and Viceroy butterflies.
March 25, 2010
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Swamp White Oak

Swamp White Oak is a Wisconsin native shade tree. Oak is a key component to forested, restoration, park, and street tree landscapes.
March 15, 2010
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Paw Paw

Paw Paw is a delightful, tropical-looking small-scale tree that has an unusual, edible fruit. Forming loose colonies, Paw Paw's luscious green foliage turns a lovely golden-yellow in autumn. Its delicious fruit is fragrant and tasty, some describing it as a cross between a banana and a mango.
March 6, 2010
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Showy Mountainash

Showy Mountainash is a Wisconsin native tree with all-season interest. White spring flowers give way to bright red fruit in summer that persists into winter.
February 10, 2010

American Beech

American beech is native to the Wisconsin forest and is a majestic tree.
February 5, 2010
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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 […]
January 21, 2010
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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.
January 20, 2010
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Shagbark Hickory

Shagbark Hickory is a Wisconsin native trees with characteristic bark, flower, and edible hickory nuts. Shagbark is a mature shade tree and wonderful for wildlife.
January 19, 2010
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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 […]
January 9, 2010
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Hills Oak

Hills Oak Quercus ellipsoidalis Description & Overview Hills Oak is often found on dry, acidic soils with low nutrient content. The glossy green leaves have deep sinuses, and the tree tends to hang on to lower branches. A good choice for reliable fall color in tough, droughty sites, but will […]
January 9, 2010
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Chinkapin Oak

Chinkapin Oak Quercus muehlenbergii Description & Overview Chinkapin Oak loves alkaline soil! This tree is a reliable grower, even in the poorest of sites. The small, sweet acorns are possibly the most preferred by wildlife. The chestnut-like leaves and bright fall colors make Chinkapin Oak a bold statement in any […]
January 9, 2010
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Red Oak

Red Oak is a valuable Wisconsin native tree that supports a substantial amount of wildlife, pollinators, and birds. A keystone species, Red Oak is a must-have in any native landscape where space is not limited.
December 15, 2000
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Apple Serviceberry

Apple Serviceberry is a Wisconsin native, early-blooming small tree with pink buds and white flowers. Pink to red berries ripen to resemble small blueberries and are quickly eaten by the birds. Brilliant fall color ranging from yellow to red.
March 24, 2000
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Eastern Cottonwood

Eastern Cottonwood is a Wisconsin native tree known for its towering height, upwards of 90' and its fast growth rate - sometimes over 6' per year in ideal conditions. One of the tallest species east of the Rocky Mountains, it grows best in moist, well-drained, fine sandy or silt loams close to streams.
March 24, 2000
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Prairie Crabapple

Prairie Crabapple is a Wisconsin native tree noted for its spectacular fragrant, pink to white flowers that bloom in mid-spring. Nectar and pollen attract myriad pollinators including honeybees, bumblebees, long-tongued bees as well as butterflies, and skippers. Fruit is greenish-yellow and beloved by wildlife.
March 16, 2000
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Hoptree is a Wisconsin native tree with a wonderful spreading habit, sweet-smelling, orange blossom-like flowers, and lustrous dark green foliage. Tan wafer-like seed clusters cover the tree in early fall as leaves turn brilliant yellow, providing food to many birds and mammals.
March 15, 2000
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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.