Bug Week 2023 is Just Around the Corner

UConn Extension’s 9th annual Bug Week is buzzing from July 24 to July 29 with programs for the entire family. All ages are welcome to attend and explore the activities and events dedicated to insects and their relatives.  Bug Week programs include the following: Join UConn Extension faculty, Spring Valley Student Farm staff and students […]


Common Name:  Crabapple Scientific Name:  Malus spp. Mature Height and Width: Hgt: 15-26 feet; Width: 10-20 feet  Cultural Requirements (Sun/Water/Soil Type): Medium moisture, well-drained, acidic loams in full sun.   Bloom Time:  Spring Flower Color:  Varied from white to pink to red Pollinator Type:  Birds, butterflies; host plant for butterfly/moth caterpillars, which in turn are food source for […]


Common Name:  Serviceberry Scientific Name: Amelanchier  Mature Height and Width:  Hgt: 25-30 feet; Width: 15-20 feet Cultural Requirements (Sun/Water/Soil Type):  Average, medium, well-drained soil in full to part shade; wide range of soil types. Bloom Time:  April – May Flower Color:  White Fruit/Foliage: Summer berries with orange to red fall foliage. Pollinator Type:  Butterflies, insects, birds; host […]

Black Gum

Common Name:  Black Gum Scientific Name:  Nyssa sylvatica Mature Height and Width: Height: 30-100 feet; Width: 20-35 feet  Cultural Requirements (Sun/Water/Soil Type):  Average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic soils. Tolerates poorly-drained soils and can grow in standing water. Female trees need male counterpart to set fruit. Red fall color. […]

Eastern Redbud

Common Name:  Eastern Redbud Scientific Name:   Cercis canadensis Mature Height and Width:  Hgt: 20-30 feet; Width: 25-35 feet Cultural Requirements (Sun/Water/Soil Type): Average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Avoid wet or poorly drained soils. Since this tree does not transplant well, it should be planted when young and left undisturbed.  Bloom Time:  […]


Common Name:  Maple; varieties include Sugar Maple (noted here), Red Maple, Black Maple Scientific Name:  Acer saccharum; Acer spp. Mature Height and Width:  Hgt: 40-80 feet; Width: 30-60 feet Cultural Requirements (Sun/Water/Soil Type): Best in fertile, slightly acidic, moist soils in full sun. Intolerant of road salt and urban pollution.  Bloom Time:  April Flower Color:  Greenish Pollinator […]

Mountain Ash

Common Name:  American Mountain Ash Scientific Name:   Sorbus americana Mature Height and Width: Height: 15-30 feet; Width: 15-25 feet  Cultural Requirements (Sun/Water/Soil Type): Moist, acidic, humusy and well drained soils in full sun. Does not do well in hot, humid climates beyond USDA zone 6.   Bloom Time: Spring/Summer   Flower Color:  White Fruit: Fall-red berries Pollinator Type:  Birds


Common Name: Flowering Dogwood  Scientific Name: Cornus florida  Mature Height and Width:  Hgt: 15-30 feet; Width: 15-30 feet Cultural Requirements (Sun/Water/Soil Type): grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, organically rich, acidic soils in part shade.   Bloom Time:  April-May Flower Color:  White Pollinator Type:  Butterflies, birds