Category Archives: Favorite Tree Species


South High Street Trees – Norway Maple

South High Street Trees – Norway Maple

Acer Platanoides Walling along South High Street from Louisiana Avenue to Alameda Avenue on the east side to Washington Park in Denver will show you that the arbor scape is in transition. About 25 percent of the trees have been planted in the last 10 years. One of the more popular newly planted trees is the Norway Maple. The Norway Maple is originally from Europe…

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Horse Chestnut Trees

Horse Chestnut Trees

Aesculus hippocastanum Kids let their parents know that there are Horse Chestnut trees in their neighborhood two ways. Stepping on a spiny horse chestnut seedpod barefoot is a right-of-passage for kids growing up in Denver. After the tears dry up, some wonder what is inside those thorny seedpods and bring home colorful shinny brown chestnut seeds. The Horse Chestnut is originally from Greece and the…

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Silver Maple Denver’s Most Common Shade Tree

Silver Maple Denver’s Most Common Shade Tree

Acer saccharinum There are disadvantages to monoculture tree plantings if the species selected has problems. Unfortunately, these problems usually manifest themselves decades after planting. Silver maples have soft bark and wood. The trees wound easily which make them susceptible to fungal infections. Wood rot is a common silver maple alignment, which over time causes trees to become unstable. Large branches can break off unexpectedly. This…

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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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