3 minutes that will make you appreciate trees and the life lessons we can learn from themDid you know a tree gets stronger as it sways in the wind? We all know that trees are alive, but we don’t often think about how they change as the grow, or how they create environments for other living things. Arborist Wes Hopper, Natural Resources Manager for the City of Germantown, shares his enthusiasm for trees and woodlands, and tells us some life

416 E. Erwin Dr.White Ash (Fraxinus americana)Fraxinus americana, the white ash or American ash is a handsome tree native to eastern and central North America. Frequently used for parks and other large areas, the white ash is a good example of two botanic characteristics. First, it is one of a small number of trees with leaves in an opposite arrangement instead of the normal alternate arrangement. And second, the leaves are pinnately compound, that is, leaves that consist of multiple

446 Vescovo Dr.Sugar Hackberry (Celtis laevigata)Celtis laevigata is a medium-sized deciduous tree native to North America. Common names include sugarberry, Southern hackberry, or in the southern U.S. sugar hackberry or just hackberry. It can grow 50-70 feet tall and is fast growing with a rounded vase crown. The hackberry is a good shade tree perfect for urban yards as it thrives in full sun to partial shade. It. tolerates salt, periodic flooding, urban pollution and drought. It is tolerant of

4877 Lynbar Ave.Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)Magnolia stellata, commonly called the star magnolia, is a small deciduous shrub or small tree that typically grows with a rounded crown and is often grown as a large pyramidal multi-stemmed shrub. It is noted for its late winter (February) to early spring (March) bloom of star-shaped white flowers. Since blooms open early, they are subject to damage. It is the earliest of the deciduous magnolias to flower.  It is frost sensitive, so plant it

458 N. Perkins Rd.Southern Catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides)Catalpa bignonioides is a species of Catalpa that is native to the southeastern United States. Common names include southern catalpa, cigar tree, and Indian bean tree. Catalpa is a medium to large, deciduous tree with an irregular, open-rounded to narrow-oval crown. Leaves are ovate to ovate-oblong leaves (to 12 inches long) are pointed at the tips and rounded to cordate at the bases. Leaves are light green to yellow green. Flowers can be a

363 Vescovo Dr.Red Maple (Acer rubrum)Acer rubrum, the red maple, also known as swamp, water or soft maple, is one of the most common and widespread deciduous trees of eastern and central North America. Like its cousin the Sugar Maple, it brightens the fall throughout the northern, midwestern and northeastern states with its dazzling colors. But northern specimens are not identical to its southern brothers and so colors and intensity vary by region. Most early growth, including the petiole, or

4658 Johnson CoveRed Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)Aesculus pavia, known as red buckeye, is a small, deciduous tree or shrub that may grow 15 to 25 feet tall. It is quite ornamental in spring when tubular, red flowers appear in 6 to 8 inch upright clusters that last for about a month and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Flowers are followed by 1 to 3 shiny brown seeds which are eaten by squirrels.The attractive palmate leaves usually fall by the end of September.

241 Avon Rd.Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)The pecan (Carya illinoinensis) is a large deciduous lowland tree that grows 75-100 feet tall with a large, rounded spreading crown. Trunks mature to 2-4 inches in diameter.  Flowers give way to sweet, edible nuts. Each nut is encased in a thin husk which splits open in four sections when ripe in fall. Pecans are an important commercial nut crop in the U.S. Most pecan commercial plantings are located in the southern U.S. It bears nuts within

301 Vescovo Dr.Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)Described as a true aristocrat of the first order, Acer palmatum, commonly known as Japanese maple, is a deciduous small tree generally grown for its attractive foliage and shape and is very flexible in its landscape use. It typically grows to 10–25 feet and its spread is normally equal to or greater than its height. However, there is a great variation in this species because of the large number of cultivars. Its distinctive leaves have

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