EAB may have spread to a different tree species

Close-up of an emerald ash borer

Photo by David Cappaert, Bugwood.org

The emerald ash borer (EAB), which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, according to a researcher at Wright State University in Ohio. Professor Don Cipollini has found that the invasive green beetle has apparently begun to attack white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), which is in the same family as ash trees (Oleaceae).

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First Native Plant Expo a big success

By Mitch Leachman

Flyer for the Oct. 18 Native Plant Expo at Schlafly Bottleworks

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September 27th was a beautiful day to be outside and even better if you found yourself sharing native plants with folks!

The first ever Bring Conservation Home Native Plant Expo and Sale (originally called a swap) at the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood was a great success, with approximately 100 visitors.

Wild Ones member and Bring Conservation Home Habitat Advisor Susan Pang spearheaded the event coordination and planning AND managed to find time to collect a whole raft of seeds from her landscape for distribution at the event. Other Wild Ones members and Audubon volunteers staffed the event and provided plants and seeds.

Forrest Keeling Nursery provided plants for sale, with a portion of proceeds being returned to Audubon to support the program, and Tom Flood and the staff at Schlafly provided an excellent venue!

In case you missed it, the event will be repeated this Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Lil Collins and her Ozark Berry Farm providing the plants for sale. Hope you can make it!

Honeysuckle art exhibit

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Here’s an interesting use of invasive honeysuckle. Local artist Martha Younkin used it to make art and other goods. The exhibit at Maryville University, which begins next weekend, is designed to raise awareness about the invasive species and the importance of protecting diversity. There are a couple of special events next weekend associated with the exhibit:

Friday, Oct. 17, 7-9 PM – art exhibit opening and reception

Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 AM – 2 PM – interactive art show and vendors

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Wild Ones at Lockwood Park in Webster Groves

Wild Ones at Lockwood Park

Thirty-two members and fourteen guests enjoyed a tour of the recently re-landscaped Lockwood Park in Webster Groves. The tour was led by Scott Woodbury who consulted on the park’s landscaping, Webster Groves Parks Manager Shawnell Faber, city horticulturalist Yvonne and seasonal park grounds-person Jeremiah.

Each of Webster Groves’ seventeen parks has a different theme based on what makes sense for each park. The theme of Lockwood Park is Sustainability, which includes native landscaping. Most of the plants were chosen for function first; beauty is a bonus.

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Help finding a tree

Sweetgum tree and stump after it was removed

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By Nathan Zenser

My parents cut down the dreaded sweetgum tree… tired of picking up gum balls. They now need a tree replacement for the north side of the house. The site gets sun and is somewhat dry. They are looking for a mid-size tree.

I have done research and thought I found the perfect tree: Eastern Hop Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana). The problem is that I can’t find anyone who sells this tree. We want a decent-sized tree, not a seedling. Does anyone know of nurseries that carry nice size native trees, like the Eastern Hop Hornbeam? I’m also open to other tree species suggestions for the site.