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Acer x freemanii is a hybrid of two common native deciduous trees of Eastern and Central North America: the Red Maple, acer rubrum, and the Silver Maple, acer saccharinum.  This common selection provides the adaptability and rapid growth of the silver maple with the superior fall color of the red maple. One of the first trees to turn here at Gratus, and a favorite.

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Aesculus glabra, or Ohio Buckeye, in the horse chestnut family of flowering, deciduous trees, native to temperate North America.  Aesculus in Latin means edible acorn, and glabra means smooth or hairless, referring to the outside fruit cover. Although it looks like a chestnut, it is moderately toxic and should not be eaten. Lovely in your fall arrangement or wreaths.

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The term conifer derives from Latin and means “cone-bearing”.  Cones are the reproductive structures of conifers and contain the seeds.  Most people refer to them as “pine cones”, but in fact all conifers bear cones, including spruces, firs, redwoods, larches, etc. This photo is the developing cone of a Norway spruce (Picea abies, “Aurea.”) 

Note that it hangs down from its branch-this is important as we examine other types of cones.

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Dahlia hortensis.  A striking flowering herbaceous plant native to Mexico and Central America. It grows from tubers, not bulbs, which are different. Dahlias bloom all summer in a variety of striking sizes and colors and make a great cut flower. The Dahlia flower Is symbolic for the ability to draw upon one’s inner strength to succeed.

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