The Tree Board is so proud of our 31 beautiful new trees, bringing our total to over 150 plantings so far! (Is your home next? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the spring planting or tree maintenance list!)
We are also overjoyed with the amazing maintenance work that citizens have done this fall. So far, 23 homes have had $23,000 worth of tree maintenance or dead-tree removal done, and we have reimbursed them approximately $6500! We are most grateful to all those who are taking advantage of this generous and forward-thinking city policy.
Cindi thought that you would enjoy learning a little about the trees we have been planting over the last two plus years. We are developing a healthy variety of trees, which helps insulate us against a disease within any particular species. Enjoy this nice winter’s read!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from your St. Regis Park Tree Board and Arborist!
Jane, Joe, Mary and Cindi
NEW TREES PLANTED IN ST. REGIS PARK
Liquidambar styraciflua is the botanical name of this shade tree. It is a low-maintenance, native tree. It typically grows to 60-80’ tall with a straight trunk. Its growth habit is pyramidal in youth, but it gradually develops an oval-rounded crown as it matures. Each glossy leaf has 5-7 pointed, star-shaped lobes. Leaves are fragrant when bruised and turn a nice maroon color in fall. The gum obtained from sweet gums have been used in the past for a variety of purposes, including chewing gum, incense, perfumes, folk medicines and flavorings. The common name of sweet gum refers to an aromatic balsam or gum that exudes from wounds to the tree. ‘Happidaze’ is a fruitless cultivar that will not produce the nuisance, spiny “gum ball” fruit.
Also known as Quercus phellos, the willow oak is a medium to large, deciduous tree of the red oak group. It has a typical oak tree shape, willow-like leaves and relatively fast growth rate. It is native, typically being found in moist bottomland soils. Willow oak typically grows 40-75’ tall with an oval to rounded crown. Leaves turn yellow-brown or gold in fall. Fruits are rounded acorn cups, which are an important source of food for wildlife. Dark, irregularly-furrowed trunks, gray to dark gray-brown, develop on mature trees.
Zelkova serrata, commonly called Japanese zelkova, is a medium to large deciduous tree, typically growing to 50-80’ tall with a spreading, generally upward-branching, vase-shaped crown. It is native to Japan, Taiwan and eastern China. It is noted for its graceful shape, clean foliage, attractive bark and resistance to Dutch elm disease. Zelkova was originally promoted as a substitute for American elm (Ulmus americana) because of its resistance to Dutch elm disease. Fall color is variable, ranging from yellow to attractive shades of yellow-orange to red-brown. Smooth gray bark in youth exfoliates with age to reveal orange-brown inner bark. Zelkova is valued as a commercial timber tree in Japan.
‘Wildfire’ Black gum
The botanical name for this tree is Nyssa sylvatica, it is commonly known as black gum, sour gum, or black tupelo. It is a slow-growing, native tree which occurs in a wide range of soils. It is a stately tree with a straight trunk and rounded crown (more pyramidal when young) that typically grows 30-50′ tall. It is primarily dioecious, which means that it has separate male and female flowered trees. Although the flowers are not showy, they are an excellent nectar source for bees. Flowers give way to oval, 1/2″ long fruits which are technically edible but quite sour (hence the common name). Fruits mature to a dark blue and are attractive to birds and wildlife. Spectacular scarlet fall color. ‘Wildfire’ is a male cultivar, and therefore will not produce fruit.
‘Exclamation’ London Plane
Platanus x acerifolia is the botanical name of this tree. London planetree is a hybrid cross between American sycamore and Oriental planetree. The original cross may have occurred as early as the 1640s, after which this tree became widely planted in London and other major European cities because of its tolerance for urban pollution. Exclamation develops a strong central leader, a uniform upright pyramidal shape when young, a vigorous growth rate, and is highly resistant to both anthracnose and powdery mildew diseases. Mature height is approximately 60 feet tall and 45 feet broad. Its medium green foliage color holds all summer long, turns yellow for a short interval in autumn before falling. Exclamation produces few, if any fruit. Its exfoliating patchwork bark of white, tan, brown and green is absolutely exquisite and develops very early in the tree’s life.
The tulip poplar or tulip tree is botanically known as Liriodendron tulipifera. It is actually more closely related to magnolia than either a tulip or a poplar. The reference to tulips comes from the shape of the greenish yellow and orange flowers. Tulip poplar is currently the state tree of Kentucky. Tulip poplar is one of the tallest of the native American hardwoods. The tree has winter features including duck’s bill-shaped buds and furrowed bark. It also offers striking flowers in May and June. Leaves emerge folded and yellow and become green with age. They turn a clear yellow in autumn. It will reach 70-90 feet high with a spread of 35-50 feet at maturity.
Swamp white oak
Swamp white oak or Quercus bicolor is a medium sized, deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and a short trunk which typically grows at a moderate rate to a height of 50-60 feet. Leaves are dark, shiny green above and silvery white beneath, with 5-10 rounded lobes or blunt teeth along the margins. Fall color is yellow, but sometimes reddish purple. Insignificant flowers in separate male and female catkins in spring. Fruits are acorns which mature in early fall. Also has surprisingly good drought resistance.
Amelanchier arborea, commonly called downy serviceberry, is a deciduous, early-flowering, large shrub or small tree which typically grows 15-25′ tall in cultivation but can reach 40′ in the wild. It is a native plant that occurs most often in open rocky woods, wooded slopes, and bluffs. Features 5-petaled, showy, slightly fragrant, white flowers in drooping clusters which appear before the leaves emerge in early spring. The finely-toothed, obovate leaves exhibit brilliant fall color. Flowers give way to small, round green berries which turn red and finally mature to a dark purplish-black in early summer. Edible berries resemble blueberries in size and color and are often used in jams, jellies and pies. Amelanchiers are commonly called Juneberries.
The wood of this tree contains a yellow dye that distinctively colors the heartwood and gives rise to the common name of yellowwood. ‘Perkins Pink’ is an uncommon pink-flowered cultivar that was originally discovered in the 1930s at the Perkins Institute for the Blind, Watertown, Massachusetts. Cladrastis kentukea, commonly called American yellowwood, is a medium-sized, deciduous tree of the legume family that typically grows 30-50’ tall with upright branching and a broad, rounded crown. It is noted for its pinnately compound foliage, panicles of fragrant spring flowers, autumn seed pods and yellow fall color. The species is native to the southeastern U.S. Pinnately compound leaves (usually with 7-11 leaflets) open as yellowish green, turn bright green in summer and then turn yellow in fall. Intensely fragrant, wisteria-like, pink flowers in large, drooping, terminal panicles (10-15” long) will cover a mature tree in late spring. Profuse bloom may occur only once every 2 or 3 years however. New trees may not bloom for the first 8-10 years.
Carpinus caroliniana is the botanical name of this tree. It is one of our native trees with beautiful blue gray bark that becomes fluted and sinewed with age-which is why some people call it a Musclewood tree. The wood is also very hard and heavy. It is a medium sized tree, growing 10-30 feet high with an equal width. It is fairly slow growing, so it takes a while to get there. It has small, simple leaves that are glossy in summer and turn yellows, orange and red in fall.