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Native Trees and Shrubs

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  • Magnificent Burr Oak

    Magnificent Burr Oak

Rick Sanders, Communications Director, Lake-to-Prairie Chapter of Wild Ones

If someone were to ask you, "What's a Native plant," would you say a TREE?

Yes, trees and shrubs are part of the gorgeous palate of native plants. In this presentation we will highlight some of the most effective, habitat-friendly native woody plants that you can use to replace buckthorn, bush honeysuckle, and other alien invaders.

You'll be amazed at all the wonderful trees and shrubs that are native locally and are beneficial to plant here. 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.

There will be photos and information about each tree and shrub discussed, many in various seasons of the year. There will also 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 an audience handout about the butterflies and moths that use these species. This program was created as a guide for homeowners about what native trees and shrubs to consider for their own homes.