Longfellow Trees (Sign-up Below!)

 

How Much Tree Canopy Coverage Does Your Property Have?

This map by the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park & Rec Board allows you to view tree canopy coverage parcel by parcel. Just type in your address or use the buttons to zoom in on your block and find opportunities for more tree canopy!

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Sign Up To Receive a New Canopy Tree!

We are currently taking sign-ups for Longfellow residents and property owners who would like to receive a new canopy tree for their yard. Trees will be distributed sometime in Spring 2014 and will be provided at low or no cost (final details are being determined). By signing up, you will have access to information on available types of trees, cost, and schedule when the information becomes available. You can confirm later whether or not you would like to order the tree.

 Trees Available
  • River Birch (Betula nigra)

Trees River Birch 1Height:  30-50 feet
Spread:  25-40 feet
Growth rate:  Fast
Sun requirements:  Full or partial sun
Flowers/fruit:  Insignificant
Fall color:  Yellow
Sensitive to:  Salt spray, soil salt, high pH* (alkaline) soil.  (Requires soil pH of 3.0-6.5 or may develop iron chlorosis. If needed, soil must be acidified at planting to be effective long-term.)
Tolerant of:  Soil compaction, moist/wet soils
Important attributes:  Colorful, peeling bark.  Resistant to bronze birch borer.

  • Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

Trees Hackberry 2

 

Height:  50-75 feet
Spread:  35-50 feet
Growth rate:  Fast
Sun requirements:  Full or partial sunTrees Hackberry 3
Flowers/fruit: 
Dark purple berries
Fall color: 
Yellow
Tolerant of: 
Drought
Important attributes: 
Tough, tolerant tree well-suited for urban environments.  Interesting corky bark.

  • White Pine (Pinus Strobus)

Trees white pine 2Height:  75-100 feet
Spread:  50-75 feet
Growth rate:  Fast
Sun requirements:  Full or partial sun (tolerates
light shade when young)
Flowers/fruit:  Tan coneTrees White Pine 3
Fall color:  Green
Sensitive to:  Salt spray, soil salt, soil compaction, drought, low levels of iron in the soil, high pH (alkaline) soil.   (Requires soil pH of 4.5-6.5. If needed, soil must be acidified at planting to be effective long-term.)
Important attributes:  White pine blister rust susceptible. Mature trees exhibit horizontal branching.

  • White Oak (Quercus alba)

Height:  75-100 feetTrees White Oak 1
Spread:  75-100 feet
Growth rate:  Slow
Sun requirements:  Full or partial sun
Flowers/fruit:  Acorns
Fall color:  Brown, purple
Intolerant of:  Soil compaction
Tolerant of:  Salt spray and soil salt (moderate tolerance)
Important attributes:  Wood valued for furniture, wine casks and boats.  May hold some leaves over winter.

  • American Linden (Basswood)

Height:  70-80 feetTrees Linden 2Trees Linden 1
Spread:  40-75 feet
Growth rate:  Medium
Sun requirements:  Full, partial sun, shade
Flowers/fruit:  Yellow/Nut
Fall color:  Yellow
Sensitive to:  Salt spray, soil salt, soil compaction, drought.
Important attributes:  Provides thick shade. Fragrant flowers. Protect young bark from sunscald.

 

 

INFORMATION AND IMAGES: 

  1.  Minnesota Department of Transportation PlantSelector, http://dotapp7.dot.state.mn.us/plant/faces/index.jsp
  2. Iowa State University Extension, http://www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry/iowa_trees/trees/hackberry.html

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