ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LSU AGRICULTURAL CENTER NATIVE PLANT ARBORETUM

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Allen D. OwingsCalhoun Research Station, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU Agricultural Center, P.O. Box 539, Calhoun, LA 71225

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Charles E. JohnsonCalhoun Research Station, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU Agricultural Center, P.O. Box 539, Calhoun, LA 71225

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M. LeRon RobbinsCalhoun Research Station, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU Agricultural Center, P.O. Box 539, Calhoun, LA 71225

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Educational and research opportunities utilizing native plant species are being developed by the LSU Agricultural Center through the recent establishment of a native plant arboretum at the Calhoun Research Station. Plants indigenous to Louisiana and surrounding states are being collected and planted in the arboretum for evaluation of potential values for landscaping, in food industries, and/or wildlife management. Native trees being studied include species of oak (Quercus), maple (Acer), hickory (Carya), and dogwood (Cornus). Lesser known species of holly (Ilex) and hawthorn (Crataegus), are being evaluated for commercial production and landscape potential. Fruit being collected for field orchard studies include mayhaw (Crataegus opaca), pawpaw (Asimina triloba), and several native plums (Prunus spp.).

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