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Learn the benefits of native trees and shrubs

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  • Native trees and shrubs is the topic of the June 7 meeting of the Lake-to-Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones at Fremont Public Library.

      Native trees and shrubs is the topic of the June 7 meeting of the Lake-to-Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones at Fremont Public Library.
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Trees and shrubs are part of the gorgeous palate of habitat-friendly, native and woody plants that you can use to replace buckthorn, bush honeysuckle and other alien invaders.

Join the Lake-to-Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones, a national nonprofit organization that promotes the use of native plants in landscapes. for the presentation of "Native Trees and Shrubs." The event starts at 7 p.m. June 4, at the Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. Families are welcome. Registration is not required.

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Meredith Tucker, naturalist and educator for Citizens for Conservation, is the speaker for this free program.

Learn about trees and shrubs that are native in the surrounding area and are beneficial to plant locally. Find a species that adds biodiversity to your yard or that replaces an ash that succumbed to emerald ash borer. Find out about host plants, damaging insects and the use of systemic insecticides.

Photos and information about each tree and shrub, many in various seasons of the year, will be discussed. There also will be photos and information about leaving dead trees and snags standing as habitat and about fungi on fallen trees. All photos are taken by CFC volunteers from their local yards.

In addition to the information provided throughout the program, there will be a handout about the butterflies and moths that use these species. This program was created as a guide for homeowners about which native trees and shrubs to consider for their own homes.

For more information, visit, or call (224) 377-8201.

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