City Trees

July/August 2015

City Trees is a premier publication focused on urban + community forestry. In each issue, you’ll learn how to best manage the trees in your community and more!

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Trees of Merit 38 City Trees Rich Weber is the Horticulturist for the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Physical Plant-Grounds Department. Weber developed a tree inventory with data on over 9500 IPFW campus trees and designed and maintains the Native Trees of Indiana River Walk and website. In this first installment in a series, Weber shares his observations and pictures of some small-maturing (under 30 feet/9 m), non-native trees that he has found to be particularly pleasing and functional. Weber says, "All are low maintenance and generally require only minor pruning of dead branches. None have significant disease or insect problems. All survived the week of -15 F (-26 C) temperatures in Fort Wayne (Zone 5b) last winter with no damage." Shirofugen Oriental Cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Shirofugen', left and above) has the coolest flower of any of the cherries - dainty, drooping, pink/white. Tolerates a variety of soil types but needs good drainage. Shantung Maple (Acer truncatum) has a rounded form. Fall foliage color is red/orange/yellow; Fire Dragon shantung maple is bril- liant red. It can tolerate prolonged periods of dry soil. 2001 DBH and height at planting: 3.5 inches (9 cm)/11 feet (3.4 m) 2015 DBH and height: 11 inches (28 cm)/24.5 feet (7.5 m)

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