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Posted December 12, 2009
Undiscovered country...impress your friends!
So many times we walk around the city oblivious to the trees all around us. If you're looking for one resource to identify that tree right in front of you without overwhelming tree-geek-speak, this is the guide for you. It's small enough to put in your back pocket and easy to use. The guide is limited to those trees planted on our city streets so it's not bulky. I carry it with me all the time.
Filled with beautiful photos and, yes, some technical data, it's everything you need to know to i.d. that tree and start to feel a kinship with the city's often ignored trees. As you become proficient in identifying the trees on your street you'll start to appreciate the variety and condition of the trees in the entire city. Each street will take on a different appeal and your friends will be impressed with your knowledge of city flora.
It's also a great way to explore new neighborhoods. Each tree reference provides a community guide and locale for viewing mature specimens. A small blurb regarding the tree's city history and how it came to be a "City Tree". Do you know why there are so may London Plane trees on our streets? They were Robert Moses' favorite.
Take a walk and enjoy the view. You don't have to leave our streets to experience the woods. Each block, every neighborhood, is an opportunity to enjoy these wonders that decorate our sidewalks and beautify our neighborhoods while scrubbing the air we breathe. Bring this guide along; it's all you need to know.
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