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Mountaintop, PA
Identification of tree with fuschia berries in Pennsylvania
Northeastern Pennsylvania tree with fuschia berries in autumn. Found one in woods,never saw one before.
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Tobyhanna, PA
Annual flowers for rocky area near driveway in Pennsylvania
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Tobyhanna, PA
Will deer eat bellflowers?
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Phillipsburg, NJ
Native plants, wildlife hosts for small yard in New Jeersey
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Phillipsburg, NJ
Questioning native status of Alberta Spruce in New Jersey
I am in the process of transforming my yard to native plants. Several years ago I planted a Dwarf Alberta Spruce. I want to be sure this isn't native before I remove it but haven't been able to fi...
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Easton, PA
Source for eastern red cedar trees for Pennsylvania
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Easton, PA
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Easton, PA
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Easton, PA
Can you recommend a supplier for Comptonia?
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Blakeslee, PA
Groundcover for Poconos in Pennsylvania
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Newton, NJ
Plant identification of a trillium in New Jersey
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Newton, NJ
More information about Trillium in New Jersey
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