TREE/PLANT OF THE MONTH: Japanese Snowdrop Tree (Styrax japonicus)

 White bell-shaped, fragrant clusters of blooms grace these trees making them a favorite for bumble bees and people. The trees themselves grow to 25’-30’ tall and wide. People often prune them up so one can walk under them and look up at the blooms. They make excellent street trees as long as they get adequate regular water. They have a few drawbacks, such as, twig die back and they can send out seedlings. Therefore, they benefit from regular dead wood pruning.


 No Place for Old Trees

Read Cass Turnbull's thought-provoking series of articles collectively called No Place for Old Trees. Despite research quantifying the multiple values of the urban forest, trees and green spaces are in greater danger than ever before. Find out why and how developers captured the high moral ground in Seattle. And, learn how trees can and must go hand in hand with DENSITY. No Place for Old Trees is also available on the PlantAmnesty YouTube channel.

Cass' Density Rant

Part I
Part II: Infrastructure--Friend or Foe of the Urban Forest: Green Roofs and Bio Swales
Part III:  Infrastructure--Friend or Foe of the Urban Forest: Green Walls, Green Facades, and Permeable Pavement
Part IV:  Why We Don't Fund the Urban Forest and Green Space Programs
Part V:   Common Misconceptions

Cass Turnbull, founder and president of PlantAmnesty passed away on January 26th, 2017 while on vacation in Hawaii.  Please read about the Celebration of her Life and some of the many tributes to Cass on our memorial page.

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