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Get to know chestnuts

Many Americans only know chestnuts from the famous line, "chestnuts roasting on an open fire," in the 1945 song, "Merry Christmas to You," by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé. Prior to its demise in the first half of the 20th century, the American chestnut ( Castanea dentata ) was one of the largest and most important timber- and nut-producing trees in the eastern United States. In less than a li...

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Welcome to My Jungle - November, 2016

Using the term "evergreen" to refer to all conifers can be somewhat misleading. Not all evergreens are conifers, just as not all conifers are evergreen. Bald Cypress ( Taxodium distichum ) is a good example of a deciduous conifer, but you would never refer to as a deciduous evergreen! The term "evergreen" can also be somewhat misleading when applied to pines ( Pinus ). Pin...

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