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An arbor supports a vigorous, minimally pruned kiwi planting at Tom Griffin's Hope's Edge Farm. English photo, published in the Spring 2009 Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.


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Amelanchier blossomsIt's hard not to notice the foliage on our beautiful native trees at this time of year, and it's worth remembering that "the spring of the leaf" in May and "the fall of the leaf" in October are the sources of those seasons' names. In fact, fall is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with our native hardwoods, because in the span of a month you can see the whole suite of identifying features: leaf shape, fall color, mature fruit and finally bare bark, winter twigs and the distinctive silhouette of each species.

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Hardy KiwisIf you think kiwis are all brown, fuzzy and can be grown only in New Zealand or California, think again. Although Actinidia deliciosa, the kiwi of commerce, is hardy only to 10° F, the more than 50 species within the genus Actinidia include many that are hardy to -30° F and some even to -40°.

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The Maine Tree Club teaches people of all ages about trees. Offered by University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Maine Forest Service and the Pine Tree State Arboretum, the club charges an annual registration fee of $20 per person, $30 per couple, $35 per family and $65 per group of up to 15. Some scholarships are available.

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Linden tree leaves, flowers & seedsIn southern Maine, linden trees begin blooming in late June. Their sweet fragrance invites thousands of honeybees to feed upon the abundant nectar that the yellowish-green blossoms produce. Linden, also known as American basswood (Tilia americana), can be found scattered throughout Maine.

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