"Fall" ing for Red Maples October 28, 2010
Golden branches bursting in front of deep, dense evergreen spikes as if circled in sun-kissed halos.
Lacy masses of celadon shining amidst dark grayish-brown trunks.
Leaves in the freshest shades of carrot and deepest shades of pumpkin turning heads as much for their ginger sparkle as their soft rustling in the wind.Read More
Peace, Love and Japanese Maples July 30, 2010
One of my favorite trees is the Japanese maple.
I have a 'Bloodgood' Japanese maple in my landscape. Its new foliage is bright red in spring and darkens to a beautiful reddish-purple in summer. In my partially shaded side yard it maintains this color, but in full sun it would show greener leaves. Its fine, delicate leaves are seven-palmed, and the fall color is an extraordinary crimson.
Among gray and beige stone steps, green shrubbery and turf and white blossoms, the burgundy Japanese maple leaves bring extraordinary texture, color and contrast. A Japanese maple typically has a height and spread of 15 to 25 feet, a muscular trunk and branches and a symmetrical canopy. It's a strong addition to a garden without being overpowering.Read More
Cherry Crush May 4, 2010
For centuries, trees have been planted to honor an accomplishment, important milestone or rite of passage - birth, graduation, wedding, retirement, death, to name a few.
And the specific type of tree chosen usually has some symbolic meaning relative to the event. For instance, the oak tree has always been a symbol of strength and courage - "the mighty oak," they always say. And the Bonsai tree has long symbolized harmony, peace and balance.
When someone plants one tree to mark a triumph, it's quite significant. But in early April this year, when I was in Washington, D.C. traveling for Davey Tree, I saw such a stunning display of trees and realized when someone plants many trees in a symbolic fashion, the result can be extraordinary.Read More
You Can’t Judge a Tree by its Bark April 15, 2010
Today is my birthday. I'm 40 years old, and I'm not happy about it.
Now I've always been told I have a youthful face so as I enter - gulp - middle age, I realize that I might be able to lie about my age and get away with it. Maybe shave just a few years off the top and linger around 38 for awhile.
And then I realize as I observe an oak I'm evaluating for a customer that a tree never has this option.Read More