Native Trees and Shrubs

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Updated: September 3, 2021

Purchasing Trees and Shrubs

Woody trees and shrubs might be sold as bare root, B&B, or container grown.
types of woody planting stock
Updated: August 11, 2021

Why Oak Trees are Declining or Dying

Oak trees are declining for a variety of reasons.
oak decline symptoms
Updated: August 10, 2021

Pruning Tree and Shrub Basics

The basics of pruning trees and shrubs
sycamore branching structure
Updated: May 18, 2021

Blackgum, Sourgum, or Tupelo Tree

Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica) is a Maryland native tree commonly found in forests of wet to average moisture.
blackgum tree with red foliage color
Updated: May 18, 2021

White Oak

White oak (Quercus alba), Maryland's state tree, is highly valuable to a variety of native wildlife.
white oak tree leaves
Updated: May 18, 2021

Hillside Blueberry

Hillside Blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum) is a Maryland native plant, a type of low bush blueberry that grows to about two feet in height.
native hillside blueberry
Updated: May 18, 2021


Rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos) is a Maryland native plant, most commonly found in brackish and freshwater marshes.
rose mallow flower hibiscus moscheutos
Updated: April 6, 2021

Japanese Maple Scale Woody Ornamental Host Plants

Japanese maple scale (JMS), (Lopholeucaspis japonica Cockerell) (Hemiptera: Diaspididae), is a prolific pest of major concern to nursery crop producers and landscape managers in MD and the eastern United States. JMS is difficult to monitor and manage due to its small size, extended crawler emergence periods, and wide host plant range. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide practitioners with host plant information that will help to improve and focus their monitoring efforts. All plants listed in this fact sheet are verified as hosts of Japanese maple scale from published literature or direct observations by the authors. This list should not be considered all inclusive. Due to the generalist feeding habits of JMS there are likely more hosts we have yet to identify including additional cultivars/hybrids.
Updated: March 25, 2021

The Right Tree for Your Lawn--Planting Trees to Help Improve Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

Trees provide life-giving oxygen and food, regulate temperatures, sequester carbon, and yield raw materials for building. Trees also are a source of simple beauty and they utilize nutrients as they grow. If you look at the cost of buying and maintaining trees, they are a pretty good bargain when it comes to improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. When selecting trees for their property, a homeowner should consider intended function (privacy screening, shade, etc.), budget, size and the quantity of trees needed. This report also provides important information about how to plant, water, fertilize and mulch trees to ensure that they continue to thrive and contribute to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Updated: March 11, 2021

Wildlife Plantings - Food and Cover Plantings: Shrub Lespedezas

Shrub lespedezas and other plants can be used in a number of locations on properties where owners wish to provide additional food sources and cover for wildlife.