Category Archives: Benefits of Trees


What is the Worth of a Tree?

What is the Worth of a Tree?

Trees shade and cool homes on a hot day and add neighborhood ambience. They increase the enjoyment of a person who drives or walks down a tree lined street. Trees create street appeal and make neighborhoods more beautiful. But are trees actually worth money? The answer is yes. Type in “What is a tree worth?” into Google, several tree value calculators come up in the…

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Surprising Tree Count on South High Street

The impression a person gets driving tens block down South High Street in Washington Park in Denver is it lined with large trees. But, when the street is walked on foot, it is surprising how many new trees have been planted over the last 10-20 years. It is human nature to notice large things, but the tree landscape along South High Street is in transition….

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My Favorite Trees in Denver – Western Catalpa

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Catalpa FAMILY: Bignoniaceae The Western Catalpa is part of the Bignoniaceae family which is known for its showy flowers. Being from the South, I remember walking in a Washington Park on a nice early summer day about 25 years ago and noticing large trees covered in white flowers. I had never seen trees of that size covered with so many flowers. They were…

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Denver A City Of Trees – That’s Not Natural

Denver when settled in the early 1850s had few if any trees. The city was built on a high plain grassland. Besides, the cottonwoods that grow along streams, most of the trees in Denver have been planted. Because of its weather, the city still has many American Elms since these trees were not effected by the Dutch Elm disease. If you take a stroll in…

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Tree Selection and Placement

Denver’s is a city of trees because most were planted. The most popular trees since the 1890s have been silver maple, ash, walnut, American elm, honey locust, Siberian elms, ginkgo, Kentucky coffee tree, oak, crabapple, linden, catalpa, and cottonwood. Tree species fall in and out of favor based on the approved city planting polices and esthetic trends of the time. Since trees live a long…

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