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SPICEBUSH, Lindera benzoin

April 2013
Spicebush is a fairly common large shrub in the understory near streams and in lowlands. Spicebush grows slowly, reaching up to 10 feet high and two to eight feet wide.

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Northern Shrike
Almanac Excerpt

NORTHERN SHRIKE, Lanius excubitor

February 2013
The northern shrike is an occasional winter visitor in the Newton area. Look for it in an open area, perched on a fence post or exposed tree limb watching for prey,

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Almanac Excerpt

RIVER BIRCH, Betula nigra

December 2012
River Birch is most commonly found in moist areas. It is a fast-growing, medium-sized tree with a single or multiple stems that grows to be 50 to 70 feet tall.

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Almanac Excerpt

WITCH-HAZEL, Hamamelis virginiana

November 2012
Witch-Hazel is a multi-stemmed shrub with a bowing, graceful form that grows eight to 15 feet high and wide. “Hamamelis” means the flower and fruit mature at the same time.

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