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Archive for ‘May, 2015’

Thames RiverIt was great to come across this blog post by Paul Roedding about the improved health of the Thames River – Thames River Much Healthier Without Springbank Dam.  In it, he discusses the reforestation that is occurring and the positive impact it is having on the riparian zone.

The many native species that now grow along the river bank help stabilize the bank, cutting down on erosion and the amount of sediment in the river.  Additionally, the increased vegetation provides improved habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife, as well as assisting in regulating the river temperature.

Just a few of the native species that you may find along the Thames River include Poplar, Aspen, Cottonwood, Sycamore, Dogwood, and Chokecherry.

Be sure to plan a trip to explore the Thames River and see the wonderful progress that is happening there.

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Gymnocladus_dioicusInspired by this recent article about the author’s love of the Kentucky Coffee Tree (Gymnocladus dioicus), we felt it wise to share this with all of you, and let you know all about this very interesting species at risk.

Currently, the Kentucky Coffee Tree has “Threatened” status, which means the species lives in the wild in Ontario, is not endangered, but is likely to become so if threats are not addressed.  This species was already assessed as threatened in 2008 when the Endangered Species Act came into being.

Click here to check out it’s profile on the province of Ontario’s website

The Details

Hardiness Zone:3-8

Height:60-90 feet; 18-27 metres

Spread:40-55 feet; 12-17 metres

Sun:Full to part sun

Water:Medium

Wildlife:Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Other insects such as moth caterpillars feed on the foliage. However, the seeds and foliage is toxic to most mammals.

Bloom Colour:Greenish-white

Tolerates:Drought

Culture:Prefers moist to average loamy soil that is well-drained and has a very high amount of organic matter.

Noteworthy Characteristics:Kentucky Coffee Tree has alternate, doubly compound leaves which occur along grayish-brown twigs and branches. Each leaflet is ovate in shape, blue-green, and smooth-margined. The bark is dark gray and scaly. Male and female flowers appear on separate trees and they occur in branched clusters. The female flowers are later replaced by large, slightly flattened seedpods.

 

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