Trees

A Bumper Crop of Acorns

Why are our parks and conservation areas littered with so many acorns this year?

Oak trees and squirrels are in a “symbiotic” relationship, where each is dependent on the other for survival.

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SUGAR MAPLE, Acer saccharum

October 2013
Sugar maple is the classic New England maple tree. Its five-lobed dark green leaves turn a brilliant yellow, crimson and scarlet color in the fall. Sugar maple grows to be 60 to 80 feet tall.

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RIVER BIRCH, Betula nigra

December 2012
River Birch is most commonly found in moist areas. It is a fast-growing, medium-sized tree with a single or multiple stems that grows to be 50 to 70 feet tall.

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WITCH-HAZEL, Hamamelis virginiana

November 2012
Witch-Hazel is a multi-stemmed shrub with a bowing, graceful form that grows eight to 15 feet high and wide. “Hamamelis” means the flower and fruit mature at the same time.

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Public Street Trees – A Choice

What is happening to Newton’s street trees?
In the early 1970’s there were approximately 40,000 trees lining the streets of Newton. Today, that number is about 26,000-a 35% loss. The current annual rate of decline is about 650 trees per year.

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PUSSY WILLOW, Salix discolor

February 2011
Who doesn’t rembember the pussy willow from childhood, with its irresistble, fuzzy catkin buds? As children, we put pussy willow twigs in the ground, and marveled as they took root.

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Trees and Wires: Bad Mix

A tree pruning crew from Nstar, one of the utilities that own the telephone and electric wires in our streets, came to Auburndale in early August 2010 to clear branches.

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