Trees

Betsey Williams Cottage Open House

(10.15) Step back in time to explore the Betsey Williams Cottage, home to Roger Williams’ great-great-great granddaughters, Betsey and Rhoda Williams. An open house is scheduled for this Saturday morning, with two more on the calendar in November and December. In the 1773 cottage that today sits beneath a massive sycamore tree, Betsey Williams, the …

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Tree Of The Week — Purple Leaf Plum

This week we celebrate the lovely specimen tree, the Purple-Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera). The genus Prunus includes 430 species of flowering trees and shrubs such as peaches, plums, nectarines, almonds and cherries. What sets the purple-leaf plum apart is the contrast of the light pink blooms against the emerging purple foliage, even more lovely when …

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Free Trees From DEM — Starts Monday

These go fast. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will launch its 2021 Tree Giveaway this Monday, April 5th. Recipients must be Rhode Island residents. (There will be another tree giveaway in September/October.) According to the ProJo nine species will be available: Allee elm, American hornbeam, black tupelo, eastern hop hornbeam, eastern redbud, …

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Free Trees — Sign Up Starting Tuesday

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the RI Tree Council, RI Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Arbor Day Foundation, is providing 1,200 free trees to Rhode Island homeowners this fall. Three easy steps: 1. Sign up at www.arborday.org/RIDEM, and map out your house by using the interactive mapping tool. 2. Select …

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Tree Of The Week — Japanese Pagoda Tree

Despite its name, the Japanese pagoda tree (Styphnolobium japonicum) is native to China, Korea, and Vietnam. It is also known as the Chinese scholar tree and the Japanese scholar tree. (This is exactly why Linnaeus decide to get things organized*.) This useful street tree can reach a height of 75 feet or more, with the …

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Tree Of The Week — Cryptomeria

Spring has passed and the showy flowering trees are working on their fruit now. Time for one of the big evergreens that can provide yearlong visual interest and a home for wildlife. Seen here is the pillowy Cryptomeria japonica, a member of the cypress family which everyone just calls cryptomeria. This grouping can be found …

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Tree Of The Week

Most people can identify this one: The saucer magnolia (Magnolia soulangeana) does very well in these parts and an increasing number of cultivars have come on the market offering a range of colors from the common pink to a deeper purple. Seen here are the two spectacular magnolias that frame the John Carter Brown Library …

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Tree Of The Week

Blooming now around town is the Cornelian cherry dogwood (Cornus mas). This specimen is on the Blackstone Boulevard walking path. Described as either a large shrub or small tree, this member of the dogwood family is often confused with another early bloomer, witch hazel. But the Cornelian cherry has much shorter petals, tightly bunched up. …

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