Why the best trees are not always the biggest

When did you really see a tree?

One of Mark Wolf’s vivid childhood memories is that he did that – perhaps walking around a tree ID tree around his New Jersey backyard at the age of 8, exploring the highs around him.

After decades of education and 30 years of theater work, he began researching trees in high school gardening decades later. Now the trees are at the top of a 2,400-foot-tall catapult in Tannerville, New York, where Mr. Wolf is the executive director of 178 acres.

Its present-day attractions are not a spectacular display of suburban gardens or parks. The beauty of a pink-crab apple or flower dog is not to be taken lightly.

They are not big trees, nor are they 70-foot-tall red oak trees or sugar maps, and their presence in the mountains is hard to ignore.


He said the current list includes hidden elections, “local trees for the viewer.” “Once you know them and love them, stop for a moment and spend more time with them” – as he does and wants us.

“Gardeners often focus on years, years, and bushes,” says Mr. Wolf. “And then, at the other end, on the terraces. But there is another layer in the forest, and in the top.

For a moment, the gardens and trails are adorned with visitors to the Arboretum Gob, which is open every morning from dawn to dusk.

Mountain tops can be seen indoors, and 21 species have been included in the 2018 Craft-Frame Learning Center, and Robo Cardio’s photograph of the “Twenty-One Trees” in 2019. Expected size The Jack A Sobon design, which does not specify standard boards but is hand-cut and organic, is assembled in or around the compound.

“It’s a celebration of our native trees and our relationship with them,” Mr. Wolf said of the 2,370-square-foot building, which opened Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mr. Wolf has come to admire the 37 species of trees that grow on his property in five years, and recommends a few that are best suited for gardening.

Many of the boundaries of our gardens, especially the borders, have sudden transitions – tall trees planted in grass or other low-lying areas, with no lower part between them. Layer-loving mother nature never changes in this way.

A large pine tree for any shade can be called Acer pensylvanicum to soften such inconsistencies and create a middle layer, Mr. Wolff pointed out.

When you first find this maple tree, it may not look like much. The leaves are very large, Mr. Wolf, especially on a tree that is only 15 to 25 feet tall.

The tree has various common names. Some refer to the goosefoot maple and others to the texture of the bark (snake bar or colored map, for the straight white stripes that are most prominent on young trees). It is also known as the mustard, known for its large plant, which is happy to eat on a large scale.

Moses grows up in the woods or in the gaps in the forest. As the tree matures, the white-green bark turns reddish-brown with dark lines — it doesn’t look very maple.

On larger maps, the flowers are taller. It is easy to see hanging, chain-like mosaic sticks. Later, you can enjoy the Samaras from July to September – maple-shaped wings, arranged in hanging chains. The green leaves of the tree turn yellow when transfigured at the back of the tree.

To Wolff’s delight, Sassafras albidum is slowly climbing the mountain. It brings a lot of desirable features, including fall color that matches our native sugar maps. The leaves, or triangular in shape, range from yellow and orange to red and purple in autumn.

At the other end of the season, when the leaves come out, different male and female trees produce flowers on the branches. The females perform, in September, followed by blue-black, bird-friendly fruits, each placed in a shiny red cup on a red stem.

Saffron is a spice pack and a tiger-eating butterfly, as well as a host plant for some moths.

And then there is the smell. “The leaves are Christmas tree-connected-tropical-fruit,” Mr Wolf said. The branches are strong root beer, to the root-beer-connection-Christmas tree.

Although it is often up to 30 feet high or shrubs, the saffron can grow up to 60 feet, if space permits. He wants to create a colony with roots that are firmly rooted and need to be dug up to encourage the tree to grow into a single stem.

Mountain top arbor is not a place to look for formal fences, but sometimes informal exterior spaces require some interpretation – if in a very light style, without a shop.

Mr. Wolf has two options. In your opinion, both are small native trees or large shrubs.

An idea for an area in the sun or partial shade comes from a 30-foot-long row of pagoda dogwood (corn alternifolia) near a house. The name of its breed, ‘alternifolia’, reminds us of the differences between the leaves and the dogs. Members of the genus usually hold their leaves in opposite directions, but this is not the case. Its branches are arranged horizontally and vertically – hence the common name.

Pollen-friendly, white spring flowers follow the red stems or blue-black fruits on the stems. Watch quickly before birds eat.

In autumn, the leaf changes to a soft purple-maroon, making it a true four-season plant.

“Pagoda Dougwood, which can grow up to 20 feet[20 m]is also very good in the dark brown stone,” said Mr. Wolf.

His second idea – more well-known, perhaps – is the salivary disc, which grows to about 15 feet if not chosen by circumcision. Mr. Wolf has a willow fence in the middle of a sunny garden.

This is a challenge for wet gardeners, because even wet soil is not a problem for him.

The plants are male or female; The male produces more ornate cats carrying pollen. Pussy Willow provides nectar and pollen to many early insects in March, when it blooms, and hosts a variety of lepidoptera, including the mourning robe butterfly.

In the birch family (Betulaceae), two trees have rarely been used by gardeners, but they have attracted Wolf’s attention. Both are native to the Eastern Forest and can reach 25 to 40 feet. To make matters worse, they both have the word hornbeam in their common names, and they share one of the most common names, iron and wood.

Carpine caroline and the horn of the American horn (blue horn), known as the blue beach or stimulant (muscle, smooth, gray trunk and large branches swaying in the wood).

Mr. Wolf said, “We have planted many of these in the arbor, and their fall color changes, from beautiful red to orange to purple, or light golden yellow.” If you are buying one, consider doing it in the fall, especially to see the color.

He wants to know how to be like a broken fence. The European flame (Carpinus betusus) is so widely used, and the native reads that it can be treated in the same way.

Austria, Virginia, or Hoffronbom, in the United States, has a variety of wild-type varieties from hop to summer. Catkins grow in the fall and survive the winter. The upright twigs of the tree, the rusty bark and the beautiful structure, make it attractive all year round.

These and other trees are at the center of the mountain’s highest mission – combining gardening, environmental stewardship and education – as well as a celebration of the pure bliss of the place. Three weeks before he reached the top of the mountain in Palenville, New York, he was encouraged to come home, wander, and watch the snow from this unique place.

The first spring events begin here three weeks later.

“People often think of landscaping or gardening as a painting,” says Mr. Wolf. But I think it’s more theatrical — you move in it, and things are always changing. Sounds and smells and textures, and there is a story for him. ”


Margaret is the creator of the website and podcast Garden Road, And a book of the same name.

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