Part of the PNPS mission is education, and we love to support our members and their endeavors. PNPS is proud to be able to provide grant opportunities to our members in support of their outreach, education or research related projects focused on native plants, given budget availability. If your project could use a financial boost to get your dream off the ground - check out our Grants page to find how to apply!
What is a Native?
A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. We consider the flora present at the time Europeans arrived in North America as the species native to the eastern United States. Native plants include all kinds of plants from mosses and ferns to wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, require less maintenance such as watering, and are less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten to crowd out our native plant species. Incorporating native plants in your home landscape will encourage birds, pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, and less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten out our native plant species.
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Eastern Redcedar or Eastern Juniper
Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (Eastern Redcedar) is a tree with a natural distribution over about half of the state of Pennsylvania, but most of eastern North America. It is a coniferous evergreen tree with dense foliage and berries that are important food for winter birds. There exists a benefit to this quality as seeds that are eaten by the Cedar Waxwing are three times more likely to germinate. The tree is unusual in a few other regards as well. For one there exists a marked difference in the appearance of the somewhat prickly foliage (scale needles) from its juvenile form and mature form. Second it generally (but not always) is dioecious with male (pollen) cones and female (seed) cones produced on separate trees. The pollen is shed in late winter to early spring. The seed cone is small blue “berry”. Eastern Redcedar grows very slowly and lives a very long time. A tree in West Virginia is believed to be 940 years old. The trees are valued by many for the variety of uses, particularly for its “cedar” smell that repels moths, but many eradicate the tree to try to protect their apple orchards as it is an alternate host of the cedar-apple rust a significantly harmful fungal pest of apple trees. The native American Indians valued the tree and used it to make bows, drive away evil spirits, and in ceremonial activities.
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