New Guide Helps Identify Native Trees, Shrubs for Your Garden

How many people know the difference between native species and imports when choosing plants and trees for their gardens?

In 2011, Charlotte Adelman co-authored “The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants” to help people identify and choose native plants.

Now she’s back with a companion work, “Midwestern Native Shrubs and Trees: Gardening Alternatives to Nonnative Species.”

  • American cranberry viburnum (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    American cranberry viburnum (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Black cherry (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Black cherry (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Black chokeberry (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Black chokeberry (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Black chokeberry, spring (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Black chokeberry, spring (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Black chokeberry, winter (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Black chokeberry, winter (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Black elderberry (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Black elderberry (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Black elderberry, spring (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Black elderberry, spring (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Blackhaw viburnum (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Blackhaw viburnum (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Fringe tree (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Fringe tree (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • New Jersey tea (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    New Jersey tea (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Ninebark, fall (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Ninebark, fall (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Ninebark, spring (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Ninebark, spring(Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Red chokeberry (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Red chokeberry (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Redbud, fall (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Redbud, fall (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Redbud, spring (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Redbud, spring (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Roughleaf dogwood (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Roughleaf dogwood (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Serviceberry Juneberry (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Serviceberry Juneberry (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Serviceberry Juneberry, spring (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Serviceberry Juneberry, spring (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Swamp white oak (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Swamp white oak (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

  • Tulip tree leaves (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

    Tulip tree leaves (Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

Adelman joins us to explain why native trees and plants not only look good but are better for local wildlife and the environment.


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