New York City Street Trees by Species
April 15, 2015 5:03 AM   Subscribe

New York City's urban forest provides numerous environmental and social benefits, and street trees compose roughly one quarter of that canopy. This map shows the distribution and biodiversity of the city's street trees based on the last tree census.
posted by recurve (6 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Melbourne also has a similar site, except with a bit more information (lifespan remaining, and you can email individual trees)
posted by xdvesper at 5:14 AM on April 15, 2015 [1 favorite]

When the Gino's trees start blooming in NYC you can use them to give a little introduction to evolutionary anachronism
posted by The Whelk at 5:26 AM on April 15, 2015 [1 favorite]

The MillionTreesNYC project is interesting to me, particularly that you can "adopt" trees in your area to keep an eye on. I was never able to do so but always wanted to. City trees need protection! I saw a broken young tree (maybe 5-7 years old?) on the street near my office the other day. It was broken off at the bottom, like it had been hit by a car or pushed down by a tree bully. So sad :(
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:35 AM on April 15, 2015

Street trees are awesome.

This is the season when they take revenge on cars, though. That pollen layer makes every car look like shit.
posted by spitbull at 7:15 AM on April 15, 2015 [1 favorite]

London plane tree trivia!

According to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation the symbol of that organization is a cross between the leaf of the London plane and a maple leaf. It is prominently featured on signs and buildings in public parks across the city. The tree is on the NYC Parks Department's list of restricted use species for street tree planting because it constitutes more than 10% of all street trees.

But why is it so popular?

The London plane is very tolerant of atmospheric pollution and root compaction, and for this reason it is a popular urban roadside tree. It is now extensively cultivated in most temperate latitudes as an ornamental and parkland tree, and is a commonly planted tree in cities throughout the temperate regions of the world, in London and many other cities. It has a greater degree of winter cold tolerance than P. orientalis, and is less susceptible to anthracnose disease than P. occidentalis.
posted by The Whelk at 7:20 AM on April 15, 2015

Yeah but you can't find good London plane trees outside of NYC. The bark just isn't the right crustiness.
posted by Kabanos at 9:05 AM on April 15, 2015

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