Choose Wisely

Most of the trees we plant will outlive us–choose wisely; choose indigenous [i.e. native]. …It’s impossible to “deadhead” a tree; nonindigenous trees may produce seeds for a hundred years or more… Indigenous species of trees in just ten genera (oaks, willow, and cherries are the top three) provide food for well over a thousand species of butterfly and moth caterpillars. Before choosing a new tree, consider how many life forms, in addition to humans, will be able to use it over the next hundred years.

Carolyn Summers–Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East

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