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The Forestry Professional

Professional foresters are employed for their advanced skills developed during years of experience after receiving a degree from an accredited University. In addition to developing forest management plans and supervising timber harvests, professional foresters can also help with non-harvest questions that include estate appraisals, tax basis determination, advice about forest property assistance programs, and managing a forest for wildlife and outdoor recreation.

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Tree Anatomy and Identification

Here is a resource designed to help you with identifying a tree and the types of common tree species that exist in the United States. By using a tree's anatomy and species physiology you can identify a tree while collecting and observing leaves, cones, flowers, bark and fruit - in both summer and winter. Mapping a tree's habitat or range can eliminate many similar looking different trees.

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Weeping Trees in the Landscape

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Weeping Higan Cherry

An image of weeping willow (Salix babylonica) is the usual visual association when most people think of a weeping tree. In fact, there are hundreds of tree varieties that express the weeping form - conifers like spruce, hemlock, cypress, cedar and spruce; broadleaves like maple, cherry, birch and willow.

Most weeping plants are the result of grafting a weeping cultivar onto a hardier rootstock. This propagation method make these weepers available at reasonable prices and in many species. Typically weeping-formed trees will occupy a large area and adequate space is required to show it properly. These special trees need special treatment when planting and pruning.

About.com's Landscape (David Beaulieu) and Tree and Shrub (Vanessa Richins Myers) guides make some great recommendations on specific tree hybrids to plant:

Image by Steve Nix, Weeping Higan Cherry

More on Old Man's Beard (Fringetree)

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Fringetree or Old Man's Beard is a beautiful, small tree when it is in full Spring bloom. It can grow nearly anywhere in the continental United States and is native to the lower eastern U.S. and coastal states to New York. It's white flower color kicks in just as the dogwood blooms are fading.

Although fringetree does well in shade, it never attains its full potential for height and diameter growth without full sunlight. An open-grown fringetree at George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia has attained a near record at 32 feet tall with a trunk of 17 inches in diameter.

Wild Fringetree in Alabama - Photo by Steve Nix, Licensed to About.com

Tree Pollen, How Trees Pollinate

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Pollen Electron Microscope Imagery

Tree pollen is a fine to coarse powder containing the genetic material of seed plants - including trees. Tree pollen produces male reproductive cells that have the ability to fuse with female reproductive parts and that union results in pollination.

Tree pollen grains are distributed by either wind or insects and animals.

Small, light  tree pollen is blown by wind to female parts while larger tree pollen grains are deposited by insects onto the female ovary where pollination takes place. Tree pollen grains germinate and develop a pollen tube which grows down to the ovary and deposits the sperm cell which causes the production of seed.

via Tree Pollen - Production and Transportation of Tree Pollen.

Also: Pollen Producing Trees You Can Live With, Trees You Can't

Studying and Identifying Many Common Trees You Encounter

Monday April 14, 2014

A tree is probably the most common, naturally growing or cultivated, living organism you will ever encounter on a daily basis. Most people I know have a real desire to learn more about a tree including looking at a tree in hopes to identify that tree. With this in mind, I have put together a list of tree topics that need some illumination including tree growth, tree tissues, tree identification and much more.

Treehugger - Getty Image

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