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Protecting Your Trees from Lightning

Protect your trees from damaging lightening strikes

Question: A neighbor recently lost an old, beautiful tree to lightning. How can I protect my trees? Predicting which trees are likely to be struck by lightning is difficult. Studies have shown that ash, elm, oak, maple, poplar, pine, and …

Trees, Shrubs and Vines That Attract Butterflies

Here are a few favorite trees, shrubs and woody vines that attract butterflies. Some provide nectar for adult butterflies. Others serve as host plants for butterfly larvae. Every good butterfly garden should include both nectar sources and larval sites.

Saucer Magnolia

saucer magnolia

Virtues: We love the saucer magnolia tree (Magnolia Ă—soulangeana) for its tulip-like spring flowers, small size, bold leaves and ease of care.

Lacebark Pine

Lacebark Pine Pinus bungeana

We love lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana) because it is an evergreen pine tree with beautiful exfoliating bark, and because it is a deer resistant plant.