Arlington residents are invited to contribute to this online gallery
We hope to fill this page with images and writings about trees. Email jpeg or tiff images of your photographs, drawings, or paintings, accompanied by identification, to gallery (at) arlingtontrees (dot) org. Tree-related prose, poetry, or nonfiction writing can be sent to the same address. At this time we can only accept work in digital format.
Arlington’s Favorite Trees
Below is a list of some of Arlington’s favorite trees. If you don’t see your favorite tree here, please send us the species name, location and -if you can- a photo. We plan to add pictures of all of the trees below, and they are not yet up.
American Elm Rte 16 and Mass A Brantwood Rd
Beech Several on Winter St near Mass Av At Dearborn Academy Several on Broadway/Warren Academy St by Senior Ctr Several in Mt Pleasant Cemetary
Cherry Inside the entrances to Waldo Park
Conifer 169 Charlton St
Gingkos In front of the High School
Horse Chestnut Corner of Walnut Terrace / Walnut Street
Japanese Maple School Street (in back yard)
Katsura Tree Walnut Street (in a yard)
London Plane Mill St by Mill Brook
Red Bud Mass Av, near the Arlington Diner
Red Oak Maple St/behind Library (in a yard)
Sassafras Forest Street (in a yard)
Silver Maple Two gigantic ones lining Teel Street
Sourwood Appleton St./Mass Av.
Sugar Maple Corner of Mass Av/ Pleasant St 70 Cutter Hill Road
Sycamores Mass Av/ Bates Wyman Terrace Corner of Gray & Jason
Tulip Tree Corner of Park Av and Rte 2 Service Rd (in a backyard)
Walnut Behind Town Hall
Willows Surrounding Spy Pond
Magnificent Japanese Maple
The arborists are very impressed with the age and size of this beautiful specimen in my backyard on School Street – Lynne Eisenberg.
Text by Clarissa Rowe
Photography by Walter Phillips
The American Elm, Ulmus Americana, used to be the preferred street tree all over New England. As Donald Wyman said: “No tree has the desirable wave-shaped form of the American Elm”. Because of Dutch Elm disease, few of these beautiful trees exist today. Many of the historic photographs of Arlington’s Town Center show an abundance of Elms on the streets of the center. We need to take special care of the remaining elms that grace our town, such as this magnificent tree on Brantwood Road.
Arlington is fortunate to have a wonderful specimen of the American Elm right on the grounds of Town Hall. This venerable tree needs more care than our limited town budget can supply, however, and interested citizens are taking steps to establish a fund for its long-term maintenance. This tree is an important feature of the historic Town Hall and its gardens, and we want it to be around for future generations to enjoy.
Many public and private groups have been working hard to identify and develop American Elms that are resistant to Dutch Elm Disease (DED). New Jersey-based Princeton Nurseries sells three varieties of DED-resistant trees: Ulmus americana “New Harmony and U. americana “Valley Forge” were developed at the U.S. National Arboretum; U. americana ” Princeton” is a disease-resistant elm developed by the nursery itself. You can learn more about these trees at www.princetonnurseries.com. In New Hampshire, the Elm Research Institute (www.libertyelm.com or 1-800-FOR ELMS) sells their DED-resistant American Liberty Elms to public and private customers. ERI has a “matching tree grant program” that provides small elms, for planting on public lands, at no cost to municipalities designated by private purchasers of larger trees. Programs like these offer hope that the American Elm, one of the noblest shade trees, is indeed making a comeback.
Catalpa Tree on Walnut Street
Large catalpa tree in Sally Parker’s back yard.