Trees for Climate Change

In case you missed it, the Boston Sunday Globe printed an excellent article in the Address Section on trees that are heat tolerant, and will be successful in the Climate change environment. The suggestion below are offered by John DelRosso, head arborist at the Harvard Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, Ma.

Medium Native Street Trees

Name                                                   Scientific Name                           Family

Thornless Honey Locust                         (Gleditsia Triacanthos inermis)              Fabaceae

Hackberry                                             (Celtis occidentalis)                               Ulmaceae

Kentucky Coffeetree                             (Gymnecladis dioicus)                           Fabaceae

Northern Catalpa                                  (Catalpa speciose)                                 Bignoniaceae


Large Native Shade Trees

Cucumber Tree                                     (Magnolia acumiata)                             Magnoliaceae

Northern Red Oak                                 (Quercus rubra)                                    Fabaceae

Black Oak                                             (Quercus velutina)                                Fabaceae


Native Ornamental Trees and Bushes

American Holly                                     (Ilex opaca)                                           Aquifolaceae

Eastern Redbud                                    (Cercis Canadensis)                               Fabaceae

Hawthorne                                           (Crataegus macroaperma)                     Rosaceae

Beach Plum                                          (Prunus Maritimc)                                 Rosaceae

Checking on line sources these species are readily available from commercial suppliers and Arbor Day. Some I found supplied from Midwestern Sources, however this is not a problem. I have buying fruit tree saplings from a Midwestern source for some time now.
The wood from the mature trees is interesting mix of color and suitability for woodworking. While we may not benefit from new plantings in our lifetime, these are moderately fast growing and could provide excellent color, spring flowers, fall foliage and summer shade for us. Our heirs and future woodworkers will appreciate our efforts.
I am thanking a local family, whose great grandparents planted Black Walnut, that I now have 100 board feet in logs to be sawed into boards. The price was right, pick it up and take it home.


Jim Allen
Groton, Ma

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