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Dogwood, tupelo, ironwood: Meet the best native trees for Chicago-area yards, with biodiversity in mind

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Oaks (Quercus). Oaks are magnificent, long-living trees that support abundant wildlife. Of the oak species native to the Chicago region, some can tolerate conditions in developed areas such as suburbs and cities better than others. Swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor), a tall, impressive shade tree; chinkapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii), with glossy green leaves; and the stately, spreading bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) are all good choices for large yards.

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