Trees

Treescaping – How to incorporate trees into your landscape. By Brenda Lynn

This  is a great article found in last month’s Virginia Gardener Magazine for those of you who don’t know where to start when it comes to planting large growing trees. It can be hard to imagine something as big as a 200 year old White Oak, right? While we want to remember to plant something that will be easy for ourselves to maintain – remember it is also important to plant “responsible trees and shrubs” for future generations as well.

 

 

 

Article is by Brenda Lynn, a Fairfax County resident.

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Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’

Although we have been selling Amelanchier ‘Autumn Brilliance’, (common name Serviceberry or Shadbush), for many years, the true beauty of this tree revealed itself to me this year. Last Spring, our farm manager told me that the prolific berries on these trees were very tasty. I gathered a bucket full and passed them around to the nursery employees, who thoroughly enjoyed them. The biggest hit however, were the Amelanchier berry cupcakes which had a distinct sweet taste similiar to cranberries. They can be used for any number of baked goods, drying, or eating fresh off the tree.

Edible berries

Amelanchier gives you white flowers in early Spring before dogwoods,  follows with delicious red berries for bird and human consumption and ends with bright crimson red Fall colors.

Crimson Fall colors

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