Sex Among the Persimmons

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If you think this is about people having sex in the woods, I’m sorry to disappoint. It’s about persimmon trees having sex in the woods. Far less interesting, I know, at least until hunting season arrives and it’s time to locate stands. Most of us know that deer are drawn to persimmon fruit as surely …

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Don’t Get Burned by Fireblight

These immature pears have been hit by fireblight. Note the healthy pears in the background for comparison.
A southern crabapple planted at QDMA Headquarters in Georgia was one of those uncommon trees that blows past all of its sister seedlings planted the same year – rocketing upwards in height, spreading a beautiful crown of limbs, and throwing an incredibly dense spray of flowers and fruit at only three years of age. So …

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Create Living Thicket Cover by Hinge-Cutting

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Timber stand improvement (TSI) involves removing unwanted trees that are competing with desirable trees. What is the best thing to do with the unwanted trees? Cutting them off at the ground line is a standard timber management practice. Once the trees are cut, deer can feed on the resulting stump-sprouts. If deer management is a …

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Know Your Deer Plants: Partridge Pea

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A member of the pea family, partridge pea is best known as a producer of valuable cover and food for upland game birds, waterfowl, and various small mammals. However, it also happens to be found across a large portion of the whitetail’s range and provides deer with moderate to preferred browse during the summer and …

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Know Your Deer Plants: Blackgum

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Blackgums occur in a variety of soil types from boggy to sandy and can be found from southern Ontario, Canada to Minnesota, south to Texas and Florida and in all eastern states from Maine southward. This tree is also known as sour-gum or pepperidge and was called tupelo by Native Americans. The elliptic leaves are …

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