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

Title Category Published on
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
The Crabapples Are Coming! The Crabapples Are Coming!
A Little Whiff of... Voodoo!
We Stand on the Shoulders of a Giant
Green "Ramping Up" All Over NE Ohio Forests
The Year of Mas... Cornus Mas That Is!
Common Mullein- Mother Nature's Answer to Our Toilet Paper Shortage?
The First Disease of the Year is... PINK!
Remontant Recurrence Again
Red "Lipstick" Rust on Crabapples
Oriental Lilies Overwhelm Our Senses
Asiatic Lilies Blooming Like Crazy in NE Ohio
Fruit Cracking of Cherry
Poison Hemlock and Wild Parsnip are going to Seed in Southern Ohio
Crabs, Scab and then So Sad... Drab!
Dogwoods Are Dazzling
Yellow Poplar Weevils Not Very Popular in NE Ohio
Picking Up Pawpaws.. Blooming
Research is Revealing!
The Best Herbaceous Plants for My Garden Are...
A Real Sweet Dilemma
A Blooming Bias


Title Category Event date
Secrest School- Why Plant Families Matter!
Tree Diagnostic Workshop - What Is Wrong With My Tree?
March In and Prune Out