Mention to friends that you’ve planted an evergreen tree in your yard, and most will assume you’ve added a pine, arborvitae, or a related conifer. But there are also evergreen flowering trees, and in our region, the native American holly is one of the most popular.
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Black cherries make handsome specimen trees. White flowers hang in four- to six-inch, upright to pendulous clusters. They are visited by native bees, honeybees, flies and beetles, and, after pollination, they form purple to blue-black fruits.
A mature, open-grown white ash is a magnificent tree. It grows straight and true, with bark ridges that interlace to form elongated diamonds.
Few spring sights rival the impact of rounding a curve on a back-country road and coming upon a group of Eastern redbud trees in flower.
Across much of the southeast U.S., including in the mid-Atlantic, pines are a prominent part of our forests and woodlands. Loblolly pine is planted more often than any of its cousins.