Erik Draper

Commercial Horticulture Educator
OSU Extension, Geauga County

Erik Draper is an assistant professor with the Ohio State University Extension in Burton, Ohio and one of Ohio's own “Tree Amigos”.  Erik conducts research in Wooster, Ohio on 78 taxa of crabapples to evaluate the impact of multiple disease susceptibilities, insect predation, bloom timing, fruit impact and duration to create an accurate, overall aesthetic profile for each crabapple taxa.  As part of the "Tree Amigos", a major focus of Erik's job is actively using, identifying, teaching and refining all critical thinking and observational analysis skills to accurately diagnose plant health problems.  Erik has written various articles regarding trees, plant diagnostics and sensible pruning for the American Nurseryman and Fine Gardening magazines.

OSU Extension-Geauga County office-

Mail: P.O. BOX 387
Burton, Ohio 44021-0387

Physical Address:
14269 Claridon Troy Road,
Burton, Ohio 44021

Articles Authored

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Ohio Forest Pests: Field Guide Is Now Online
Growing Degree Days (GDD) and Plant Phenology, January 2024 Summary
Don't Miss This TOTAL Landscape Learning Experience
Fall Leaf Colors Intensify in NE Ohio
Floral Fear Returns... JUST RELAX!!
What The Yell-Ow... I've Been SLIMED!
If I Have Peach Blooms Now- I'll Have Fruit...Right?
Seven-Son-Flower is Still STUNNING!
Gorgeous Fall Leaf Colors Dominate NE Ohio Views
Peonies Have Measles... What The Heck??
Sweet Magnolias in NEOhio... Blooming!
Why Are My Apples Falling Off?
Holey Havoc... Munched Magnolia Leaves!
Hammerhead Hysteria
Get Your Buckeye On Too... Peony Style!
Seeing Scarlet in NE Ohio- Get Your Buckeye On!
Spotted Lanternfly Eggs Hatch in Cleveland, Ohio
Winter Annual Weeds Wipeout!
Merry Invasive Christmas Eve!
Time To Straighten Out Peach Leaf Curl
True Colors of Leaves Being Revealed in NE Ohio
They're BAACK... The Hairy Bittercress Horde!
Tis the Season... For Fresh Picked Apples!
Magnolias Looking Mangled
This Lily Has Everyone Seeing Stars
Hairy Bittercress Busting!
Street Trees Part 5 – Gymnocladus, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Gleditsia, Honeylocust, and Koelreuteria, Goldenrain Tree
Why Are My Trees Blowing Bubbles?
Crabdronia II: A Peak Peek
Marsh Marigold Madness