Category Archives: Tree Identification


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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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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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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The Stump from Hell

The Ailanthus altissima is misnamed the ‘Tree of Heaven’. Instead, its name should be the “Tree from Hell”. Some people call it a Chinese sumac since it was imported from China to Europe the 1700s. The Ailanthus is tough and tolerant to pollution. It was brought to Philadelphia in the late 1700s. Ailanthus tree trimming and removal jobs are more difficult because the tree’s limbs…

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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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