Magazine article American Forests

Plant a Famous Tree

Magazine article American Forests

Plant a Famous Tree

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You can celebrate the beauty of nature and make a wise investment in your yard by planting a tree. Trees work hard for the earth, purifying the air and water, slowing runoff and cooling our homes. Plus they add property value, look beautiful, and make a great place for a hammock or a picnic. AMERICAN FORESTS' Famous & Historic Tree program has trees grown from the seed of trees connected to famous people events and places.

Consider one of these flowering trees to beautify your space on the Earth. To learn more about and/or purchase a tree, visit www.historictrees.org.

Andersonville Southern Magnolia: Nothing quite matches the beauty of a southern magnolia with its large, creamy white fragrant blossoms and glossy green leaves. The Andersonville Southern Magnolias were planted as grave markers for Union prisoners of war. Clara Barton identified bodies at Andersonville Prison after the Civil War, and it is thought that she was responsible for planting these trees.

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Johnny Appleseed Apple: You get both form and function with an apple tree--beautiful spring blooms and delicious, healthy fruit. The most famous apple tree planter was John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed. His plantings made life easier for pioneers, who found apples to be a sustainable crop that had many uses. The last known living tree planted by Johnny Appleseed is in Nova, Ohio, and serves as the bud source for these grafted trees. The species is Rambo--one of John Chapman's favorites--an excellent dessert apple for eating fresh or cooking.

Clara Barton Redbud: Prodded by the patriotic words of her dying father, Clara Barton distributed supplies as a volunteer at the start of the Civil War. Afterwards she became the first woman to head a government bureau, the Missing Soldiers Office, which inspired her to found the American Red Cross. …

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