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POTW: Elderberry

Plant of the Week! This week you can see Elderberry blooming along roadsides and in gardens everywhere. The most familiar of the Elderberry's is American Elder or Elderberry , Sambucus canadensis . This particular elderberry looked beautiful along the water last week when I toured the Midway Village Museum in Rockford. The American Elderb...

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POTW: Japanese Tree Lilac

Plant of the Week! This week the beautiful Japanese Tree Lilacs ( Syringa reticulata ) are blooming! This lilac differs from the much loved Common Lilac in size and flower. The Japanese tree lilac is more of a small tree in habit growing to 15-25 feet tall. In early summer, this tree blooms with clusters of creamy white flowers, blooming...

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Fire Blight Photo from U of I Plant Clinic

Fireblight on Pears Common This Year

Posted by Candice Hart - Diseases

We've gotten many calls and samples concerning fire blight this season, and the same goes for our plant clinic on campus in Champaign-Urbana according to their recent report. The majority of the samples submitted to the plant clinic identified fire blight on pear trees and ornamental pear trees. Ornamental pears are popular trees in the Midwest, but they are also susceptible to fire bli...

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POTW: Bottlebrush Buckeye

Plant of the Week! On a tour of the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield this week, it was hard not to notice the beautiful Bottlebrush Buckeyes ( Aesculus parviflora ) blooming! The bottlebrush buckeye is a multi-stemmed, suckering shrub that suckers to form a colony which usually ends up being taller than it is wide, about 6-10' ta...

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A Milkweed for Every Location

While the name "weed" in any plant name scares many gardeners, milkweed plants add beauty to the garden and are essential for providing habitat for monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies will only lay their eggs on the leaves of milkweed plants and then the larvae feed only on these leaves. These larvae then go through metamorphosis to transform into an adult Monarch butterfly. Milkw...

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POTW: Siberian Iris

Plant of the Week! Two weeks ago we discussed the Bearded Iris, but this week it's all about the Siberian Iris ( Iris sibirica ). Siberian iris looks quite different with its fine textured strap like leaves as opposed to the fan like foliage of the bearded iris. Without flowers, the plant looks like a nice mound of grasslike foliage. Sib...

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Northern Illinois to escape the 17 year cicada again this year

There are two common types of cicadas in Illinois, the dog day or annual cicada and the periodical cicada. Annual cicadas make their emergence yearly during the heat of summer, but now is the time for the periodical cicadas to start making their emergence. Luckily, here in northern Illinois we will not have an emergence of the periodical cicada this year. In Southern Illinois, the periodical ci...

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POTW: Trumpet Honeysuckle

Plant of the week! This week's featured plant isĀ  Trumpet Honeysuckle ( Lonicera sempervirens). This vine is blooming beautifully in my garden right now. Honeysuckles get a bad rap because of their very invasive cousins the Exotic Honeysuckles ( Lonicera tartarica, L. morrowii, L.maackii). These honeysuckles can easily take over an a...

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