What’s that blue bird?

Western Bluebird Did you see that bright blue bird? The eye-catching blue bird is our native Western Bluebird. They are about 7 inches long and are common across much of the west. The adult male is deep blue with a blue throat and a rusty colored chest and the belly is blueish gray. The female …

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Is that a Tulip Tree?

Is that a Tulip Tree? You can’t miss the large, tulip-shaped flowers of the Saucer Magnolia blooming on a multi-trunked tree with silver-gray bark. With no leaves, it really shows up in the late winter. The definition of a tree or shrub is fairly elastic, but if it is big enough to sit under I …

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What’s that tree with the white flowers?

The Flowering Pear tree blooms in Feb-March Cheerful white flowers are blooming now in late winter on the Flowering Pear. This tree is widely planted in our area because it grows fast, has showy flowers and fall color While this tree has many positive attributes, you might want to think twice before planting one. Flowering …

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Arbor Week

It’s California Arbor Week in Roseville! National Arbor Day is celebrated in April, but in our hot region it’s better to do public tree plantings and events in March when the weather is still cool. Arbor Day is a great time to appreciate the gifts that trees bring. Trees improve health. There are a number …

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Fun Critter and Tree Booklets for kids to be featured at the Roseville Libraries

Roseville City Libraries are planning a “Spring Reading Challenge”, which will run March 2 – April 30. They will be highlighting a new activity each week. RUFF’s booklets, “Who Lives Here?” and “What Tree is This?” will be part of the weekly activities. The city staff thinks the booklets are a perfect fit, because they …

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What’s that tree with the pink flowers?

It’s mid-February and already trees are showing that spring is approaching. The pink flowers of the Purple Leaf Plum are a welcome sight with its profuse bloom. The flowers are usually single, meaning that they have one row of petals, and are light to medium pink. The entire tree blooms at one time, making an …

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