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 Washington Park in Central Denver there are some magnificent elms in the park.
Washington Park got its name from a General Washington. An elm tree was planted from a graft of a tree in Massachusetts on the spot where General Washington assumed command of the Continental Army in 1775. The elm tree died some years ago, but its spot is surrounded by a fence and an inscription. Washington Park and South High School have over seventy species of trees. An eighty page Washington Park Tree guide can be purchased with a map of each tree.
Popular Trees in Denver
The streets in Denver’s older neighborhoods such as Washington Park, Bonnie Brae, Congress Park, City Park, Baker, Montclair, Mayfair, Park Hill and Hilltop are tree lined. The most common trees planted are silver maple, ash, walnut, American elm, honey locust, siberian elms, ginkgo, Kentucky coffee tree, oak, linden. City arborists are encouraging diversity and are avoiding monolithic tree species planting. They do not encourage the planting of cottonwoods and silver maples in public right of ways.