What are Wisconsin`s keystone plants? And why should you grow them?

In Wisconsin, some keystone plants stand above all the others: oak trees.

Keystone oaks for the Dairy State include white, bur, swamp white, chinkapin and black.

In fact, the white oak Quercus alba is listed as the No. 1 keystone plant for nearly the entire state, according to the National Wildlife Federation’s list of keystone plants by ecoregion. This is because the white oak amazingly acts as a host plant for up to 450 species of caterpillars, according to the NWF.

Sounds pretty impressive for this long-lived, low-maintenance, native Wisconsin tree...


Ken Notes: The spring 2023 ordering season will begin on October 3, 2022 contact your county forestry department for information in your area.

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