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Top Rated Medicinal Trees

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Abies balsamea

Balsam Fir
An evergreen Tree growing to 15 m (49ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a slow rate
fully hardy moist soil shade semi-shade full sun
Citrus limon

An evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate
 half hardy moist soil full sun
Citrus x meyeri

An evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate
 half hardy moist soil full sun
Ginkgo biloba

Maidenhair Tree
A decidious Tree growing to 30 m (98ft) by 9 m (29ft) at a slow rate
 fully hardy well drained soil moist soil full sun
Ulmus rubra

Slippery Elm
A decidious Tree growing to 20 m (65ft) by 15 m (49ft) at a medium rate
fully hardy moist soil semi-shade full sun


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well drained soil Well Drained Soil moist soil Moist Soil wet soil Wet Soil water plant Water Plant
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semi-shade Semi-Shade
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Now available: PLANTS FOR YOUR FOOD FOREST: 500 Plants for Temperate Food Forests and Permaculture Gardens.

An important new book from PFAF. It focuses on the attributes of plants suitable for food forests, what each can contribute to a food forest ecosystem, including carbon sequestration, and the kinds of foods they yield. The book suggests that community and small-scale food forests can provide a real alternative to intensive industrialised agriculture, and help to combat the many inter-related environmental crises that threaten the very future of life on Earth.

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