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Species Profile: Black Chokeberry

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Black Chokeberry
Look out goji berries, there’s a new super fruit in town - and this one is native to North America!
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To be or not to be a trembling aspen

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Trembling Aspen
The trembling aspen would make an interesting Shakespearean character. There are not many trees in the world you can find with your ears, that can live on for centuries or that make imperceptible connections underground. The tinkling of leaves, like a soft wind chime, can be heard from east to west, one of those familiar pieces of natural Canadiana. Often mistaken for birch, the trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) stands apart from its lighter-barked friends in a few key ways.
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Where have all the Mammoths gone?

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Kentucky Coffeetree Bud
Out of all the species we offer in our Backyard Tree Planting Program, I get the most calls about the Kentucky coffeetree. The greatest number of them involves concerns that the tree 1) was dead when planted, 2) has died over the winter, or 3) has full branches dropping off of it in the fall. Fortunately for me (and our homeowners!) these concerns are rarely warranted. And in fact, the majority of these can be explained by looking at the tree’s Latin name: Gymnocladus dioicus.
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Recognizing a little piece of Toronto’s past

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American Elm
There’s nothing more powerful than our own history. Knowing where we’re from, how our ancestors lived, and that moments in time were marked - somehow by someone related to us - is an amazing thing. For me, I feel most connected with my ancestors when I can visit something that was around while they were – something they may have touched, seen or visited. In a southern Ontario context (far away from where my ancestors made their mark on Canadian History, which may or may not be a statue in Montreal), these are the ancient trees that have stood guard through the passing of time.
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Black Maple: Rooting for the Underdog

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Black Maple
Is there anything more Canadian than a maple leaf? You might say hockey or lacrosse, but really, it is a giant maple leaf on our flag. And did you know that there are more species of maple in our lovely country than there are seasons? Most people know the majestic silver or can pick out the brilliant fall colour of the red. But some maples see very little time in the limelight (looking at you, striped maple), while others are hardly known at all.
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