2 12, 2019

SMA Announces Hackberry as 2020 Urban Tree of the Year

By |2019-12-06T16:00:43-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Arboriculture, Recommended Urban Trees, SMA|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Young hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) used in extended road median in Poughkeepsie. Photo by Michelle Sutton Each fall, members of the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) nominate and vote for the SMA Urban Tree of the Year. You can see a list of winners going back [...]

30 01, 2019

Watertown’s Urban Arboretum Gets New Name, Signage, and Interpretation

By |2019-01-30T21:08:42-05:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: Nonprofits, Recommended Urban Trees, Volunteers|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Mike DeMarco took these ethereal photos while checking on young trees after work; one of them appeared on the cover (below) of City Trees, the magazine of the Society of Municipal Arborists. Michael J. (Mike) DeMarco is a City of Watertown Planner through the Office of Planning [...]

28 12, 2018

SMA Announces 2019 Urban Tree of the Year

By |2018-12-28T17:23:29-05:00December 28th, 2018|Categories: Nina Bassuk, Recommended Urban Trees, SMA, Society of Municipal Arborists, UHI, Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) coping admirably well with the heat on the student union patio at Virginia Tech. Photo by Eric Wiseman Each year, members of the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) vote for the SMA Urban Tree of the Year. Praise for this year’s winner, American [...]

15 03, 2018

Urban Tree of Merit: Overcup Oak

By |2018-03-15T22:11:17-04:00March 15th, 2018|Categories: Recommended Urban Trees|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The underside of the overcup oak acorn. Photo by Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org Tree of Merit: Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata) Story by Cene Ketcham, Extension Arborist, Casey Trees Overcup oak (Quercus lyrata)—sometimes known as swamp post oak or water white oak—is a tough [...]

1 02, 2018

Urban Tree of Merit: American Hophornbeam

By |2018-02-01T12:26:48-05:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Recommended Urban Trees|1 Comment

Tree of Merit: Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) Story and photos by Cene Ketcham, Extension Arborist, Casey Trees  Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) is an attractive small to medium tree with big urban credentials. However, compared to other urban-tough trees like red maple, ginkgo, and honeylocust, hophornbeam has been regrettably underutilized. [...]

4 05, 2017

Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: ‘Regal Prince’ Oak

By |2017-05-04T19:11:57-04:00May 4th, 2017|Categories: Recommended Urban Trees, Urban Horticulture Institute|Tags: , |0 Comments

Foliage of Regal Prince oak ● Photo by itrees.com Regal Prince is the trademark name for Quercus x warei ‘Long’, a narrow, upright hybrid of fastigiate English oak (Quercus robur f. fastigiata) and swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor). Its leaves are clearly intermediate in shape and are glossy [...]

28 12, 2016

Top Seven Blog Posts of 2016

By |2016-12-28T22:24:43-05:00December 28th, 2016|Categories: Arboriculture, Awards, Bare Root, Citizen Science, Forest Restoration, Innovative Projects and Programs, Member Profiles, Organizational News, Recommended Urban Trees, Research, SMA, Top Blog Posts, Urban Forest Master Plans|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Council's blog was viewed more than 19,500 times in 2016! Here are the year's seven most-viewed posts. Blight-resistant chestnut seedlings. Photo by Allen Nichols Over a thousand people read Participate in the Reintroduction of the American Chestnut … by Simply Planting a Few Nuts. "Now [...]

5 01, 2016

SMA’s 2016 Urban Tree of the Year: Musashino Zelkova

By |2016-06-29T15:36:34-04:00January 5th, 2016|Categories: Recommended Urban Trees, SMA|Tags: , |0 Comments

The narrow upright habit of ‘Musashino’ zelkova lends itself to many uses. Photo Courtesy J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. by Michelle Sutton, Taking Root Editor The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) has voted Zelkova serrata ‘Musashino’ the 2016 Urban Tree of the Year. The yearly [...]

9 12, 2014

SMA Announces 2015 Urban Tree of the Year

By |2016-04-27T10:07:43-04:00December 9th, 2014|Categories: Recommended Urban Trees, SMA|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

… and it’s one that’s close to our hearts, in the sense that the Tree of the Year (TOY) is none other than the one featured in bloom in our blog’s banner up top, yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea). What serendipity! Surrey, BC Urban Forester Emily Hamilton, who attended [...]

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