Hawthorns grow naturally as small trees or shrubs and are often found massed along stream bottoms where their thorny branches intertwine, providing sheltered nesting places for birds and other animals.
The honey locust is a North American native that grows naturally in the moist soils of river valleys from the Appalachians west to the eastern edge of the Great Plains and Central Texas. It’s a fast-growing, rounded tree that tops out between 65-100 feet.
You’ll know that spring has sprung if there’s an Eastern Redbud tree in the area. It fairly screams “Winter’s over!” with a brilliant display of thousands of purplish-pink flowers before leafing out for summer.
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