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Friday, August 12, 2011

My, how the streets are changing

Remember not long ago when streets were lined with green ash trees, one after another? And before that, American elms? How different things are today. I hardly even know what some of these new trees are. Consider this one block of Bunker Hill, for example.

2045: swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor)
2429: sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) -- good!
2438: American elm (Ulmus americana) -- bold move!
2450: Asian fringetree (Chionanthus retusus) -- wow!
2453: hardy rubbertree (Eucommia ulmoides) -- gosh!
2464: silver basswood (Tilia tomentosa) -- a gem within the genus
2514: Maackia amurensis (across street) -- wow squared!
2570: Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) -- long overdue

And there's a tupelo (Nyssa) in the yard of 2477, a prolifically fruiting hornbeam (Carpinus) in another, and a hophornbeam (Ostyra), yellowwood (Cladrastis) and English oak (Quercus robur) around the corner on Bluett. Kudos to Kay Sicheneder and others at the city for broadening the palette.

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