Native Trees & Shrubs

Named for Ben Franklin, saved by the Bartrams.

September 16, 2016

Named for Ben Franklin, saved by the Bartrams.

Franklinia alatamaha is probably the rarest of all trees native to North America. The species was discovered in 1765 along the Altamaha River, in southeastern Georgia, by famed botanists and horticulturists John Bartram and son William.  Ultimately, they named the species in honor of their dear friend Benjamin Franklin. William went back a few years later to collect seed which was successfully propagated. Were it not for this fortuitous discovery, and the recognition of having found something exceptional, this species, last observed in the wild in 1803, would now be extinct. Franklin tree soon became an attraction at Bartram’s Garden; the oldest botanic garden in the country, on 46 acres along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. read more

Native Woodies, Value Beyond Esthetics

May 5, 2015

Native Woodies, Value Beyond Esthetics

Let’s not forget about trees and shrubs, when thinking about native plants and their wildlife value.

They too are attractive to many pollinators, and are also hosts to many species of insects and larvae which are an essential food for birds during the breeding season. According to Dr. Doug Tallamy, Professor & Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware,  read more

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