As you’ve been out and about this spring, you’ve probably noticed the
appearance of several new landscapes along the roadways and City
properties. Urban Forestry was hard at work this planting season adding
trees to areas in need of shade and other tree benefits. See below for
photos of new tree plantings and a little information about each new
Kickingbird Golf Course
If you attended the Saturday tree planting during Arbor Week, you
helped to plant many of these trees yourself! Vitex, red bud, box elder,
butterfly bush, Hetzi juniper and hibiscus line Danforth out in front
of Kickingbird Golf Club. In addition, some tall, slender hornbeams were
added after the initial tree planting event. All of the trees at this
location are utility compatible, meaning that they either have a small
mature height, or a narrow form that will not conflict with the overhead
Mitch Park Entry from Santa Fe
Volunteers planted more trees during Arbor Week along JL Mitch Rd which
is the entry into Mitch Park from Santa Fe Ave. This location is fairly
open, so we look forward to seeing the formation of tree canopy to shade
the road and provide a calming buffer upon entering the park into the
future. Volunteers helped install the east end of this planting, and
then we returned and planted many more trees from there to Santa Fe Ave.
Species included shade trees such as bur oak, scarlet oak, northern red
oak, and other trees of interest such as Arizona cypress, butterfly
bush and crape myrtle.
Probably the most notable of the new landscapes this season is the Covell planting. From Broadway to Santa Fe, new trees recently went in along the medians as well as the roadsides in some places. Species such as goldenrain tree, Japanese pagoda, desert willow, Japanese tree lilac, crape myrtle and vitex promise a striking array of flowers. Staggered in their bloom times, we are likely to see blossoms on different trees here from spring through summer. American holly and Hetzi juniper provide some green contrast for the dormant, winter months.
Danforth and Santa Fe
filled in several empty medians at Santa Fe Ave and Danforth Rd this
spring, on all sides of the intersection. On Santa Fe south of Danforth
several Bradford pears succumbed to the drought a few years back and
were removed. These medians were reforested as part of the project,
which included species such as Japanese pagoda, live oak, crabapple,
loblolly pine and purple leaf plum.
In addition to the new landscapes, Urban Forestry consistently seeks to replace trees lost in existing plantings. Thus, several median replacements were made this season as well.