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willow oak (Quercus phellos)

and other associates that utilize native species. (Photo by Architect of the Capitol, via Flickr)

The willow oak (Quercus phellos) tree is native to the eastern and central United States. Homeowners choosing trees for their home landscapes are encouraged to choose native trees, which typically serve as hosts to a wide variety of native insect species. Oaks, for instance, are known to serve as hosts for more than 300 species of lepidopterans alone. Non-native trees, however, often outcompete native trees, with potentially severe ecological effects that impact invertebrates and other associates that utilize native species. (Photo by Architect of the Capitol, via Flickr)

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