27 01, 2021

Conifers for Urban Use: Abies concolor, with Jean Zimmerman

By |2021-02-28T20:49:33-05:00January 27th, 2021|Categories: Trees for Parks, Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Mature concolor fir (Abies concolor) in Council Past President Andy Hillman’s yard. Photo by Andy Hillman Concolor Fir (Abies concolor) By Jean Zimmerman, Council Board Member and Commercial Arborist for SavATree Some might see the concolor fir or white fir (Abies concolor) only as the [...]

30 12, 2020

Top Five NYSUFC Blog Posts of 2020

By |2021-02-27T23:05:58-05:00December 30th, 2020|Categories: Essays and Reflections, SMA, Tree Planting, Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

B&B (balled-and-burlapped) trees are useful for certain species at certain sizes in spring vs. fall, but bare root is often a workable, much more affordable and volunteer-friendly alternative. Photo Courtesy Nina Bassuk #1 Transplanting and a Deeper Look at “Fall Hazards” This post resonates! It’s been [...]

8 12, 2020

Urban Tree Elegance: Copper Beech, with Jean Zimmerman

By |2021-02-27T23:05:58-05:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

One of the the Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center copper beech “cousins,” this individual showing less coppery late summer foliage. Photo by Jean Zimmerman Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group) By Jean Zimmerman, Council Board Member and Commercial and Consulting Arborist for SavATree [...]

14 09, 2020

Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: Quercus michauxii

By |2021-02-27T23:06:31-05:00September 14th, 2020|Categories: Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Author Jean Zimmerman with one of Ithaca’s thriving swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii) street trees, about 15 years old. Council Board Member and Commercial & Consulting Arborist for SavATree Jean Zimmerman provided this superb story and photos. Jean is also an extensively published author (jeanzimmerman.com), [...]

30 04, 2020

Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: Korean Mountainash

By |2021-02-27T23:07:25-05:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fruit and sporadic fall leaf color of Korean mountainash. Photo by Michelle Sutton Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: Korean mountainash (Sorbus alnifolia) By Michelle Sutton, Council Editor I can think of few trees with the year-round beauty of Korean mountainash (Sorbus alnifolia). It is notable [...]

23 01, 2020

Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: ‘Harvest Gold’ Linden

By |2020-01-23T13:27:34-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , |0 Comments

Glossy summer foliage of ‘Harvest Gold’ linden. Photo by James Kaechele This post comes to us from NYSUFC Board Member and New York Tree Trust Development Director James Kaechele.  Harvest Gold Linden (Tilia cordata x mongolica ‘Harvest Gold’) As an open-pollinated hybrid of T. cordata [...]

12 12, 2019

Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: Japanese Snowbell

By |2019-12-12T19:29:38-05:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , |0 Comments

Drupes of Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonica) Photo by Michelle Sutton Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonica) is often confused with its Styracaceae family cousin, Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina). While their flowers are similarly white, pendulous, and bearing yellow stamens, their foliage and fruit are very different. Japanese [...]

19 10, 2019

Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: Carolina Silverbell

By |2019-12-12T18:33:18-05:00October 19th, 2019|Categories: Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , |0 Comments

Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina) flowers. Photo from MOBOT Plant Finder (missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder) Carolina silverbell (Halesia carolina) produces fruits that look more like winged footballs than bells. Thus, one taxonomic synonym for this tree is Halesia tetraptera, where tetraptera means “four wings.” Carolina silverbell falls in that [...]

16 10, 2019

Underutilized Trees for Urban Use: Chinese Fringe Tree

By |2019-10-16T20:57:47-04:00October 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized, Underutilized Urban Trees|Tags: , |0 Comments

Chinese fringe tree (Chionanthus retusus) foliage is darker, glossier, rounder, and more leathery than native fringe tree (C. virginicus) foliage, and its flower petals have rounded ends and appear less feathery than those of the native tree. Photo by Bill Haws There’s some disagreement about [...]

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 [...]

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