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Speaker: Dr. Michael A. Dirr
Gardens are becoming smaller. The space for them to spread is limited. Cities/utility companies are trying to reduce pruning and tree maintenance. The demand for trees with less height and width is significant. Customers also want trees with no energy disruptions. The nursery industry, led by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., has bred and introduced superior trees that fit the above criteria. In fact, Schmidt has a UtiliTrees™ series for such uses. Breeders, specifically at North Carolina State University, have introduced improved redbud, cherry and dogwood varieties. Styrax japonicus has become more popular with the newer, easier-to-grow introductions like Snow Charm®, Snowcone®, Prystine Spire®, ‘Evening Light’ and ‘Midnight Prince’. Come hear Dr. Dirr delve deeper into the best of the best.