As we move toward December and people are thinking about Christmas trees, your Tree Board is still thinking about all kinds of trees! Here’s what’s happening that might interest you:
1. On Monday night, November 17th, at 7 PM at the McMahan Fire House, you are invited to come meet the appointed Tree Board members and our new city Consulting Arborist, Cindi Sullivan, hear about the mission and vision of our work, and have a chance to ask questions about your existing or future trees. We hope you will join us for this one-hour meeting.
2. Elsewhere in this newsletter, you will see information about the exciting one-time donation of trees to St. Regis Park by Jim and Mary Wallitsch of Wallitsch Nursery. If you are interested in trying to “win” one, call the city phone at 491-7777, and leave your name and phone number, or email the tree board via firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, you may sign up at the Tree Board public meeting on Monday, November 17th.
Here are the trees we think will be available, and information about their size and characteristics.
Wallitsch Tree Selections—Fall 2015
Acer ginnala Amur Maple ‘Flame’
A small maple, single or multistemmed, reaching 15×15 feet, high and wide, with red fall color.
Cornus x Venus Venus Dogwood
A backcross of Kousa Dogwood; 18’x 25’ with dark green leaves and huge white bracts.
Frankliana alatamaha Franklinia
Named after Ben Franklin; a small tree 10-20’x 6-15’, very nice bark, lustrous dark green leaves in summer with excellent fall color; blooms in summer with pretty white 3 inch flowers.
Pyrus calleryana ‘Jack’
Compact, 15×10, white flowers, yellow green fruit and nice green summer color; yellow fall color.
Syringa reticulata Japanese Tree Lilac ‘Ivory Silk’
A small-medium tree, reaching 20-30 ‘high and 15-25’ wide. It features creamy white flowers panicles in late spring that are very showy because they can reach almost a foot long. Disease resistant.
Quercus macrocarpa Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak
One of the best of the large oaks; 70-80’ high and wide but slow growing. Deeply furrowed, dark gray ridged bark; yellow fall color; interesting acorns.
3. And finally, as we approach Christmas, this might be your year to buy a live Christmas tree and plant it in your yard after Christmas. Evergreens provide year-round beauty and environmental benefits.
If you have questions about planting your Christmas tree, bring them to the Tree Board meeting.
We hope to see you on the 17th!
The Tree Board