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After a couple of weeks of bad storms in central and southeast Nebraska, here are Justin's thoughts on tree damage.

Tree-related books, articles, and videos to get your weekend started.

When we think of shade trees, those trees that have a higher canopy casting shade over things below, we don’t often think of pine trees. Most evergreens, including spruce, fir and pine, have an excurrent or upright growth habit for most of their life. They’re typically pyramidal in shape, wider at the base than the top. This makes evergreens especially useful for windbreaks and visual screening, or as specimens to break up the winter monotony. But some pine species can buck this trend as they mature becoming rounded in shape, losing lower branches or growing wide enough that their mature years are served better at casting shade than blocking wind.