City Trees

September/October 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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38 City Trees Trees of Merit Persian parrotia habit Persian parrotia bark Pondcypress habit Pondcypress (Taxodium ascendens) is very similar to its relative baldcypress in appearance but also in its ability to tolerate extremes of wet and dry. New foliage is upright and the fall color is redder than that of bald- cypress. It also matures at a lower height and has a narrower crown than its cousin. 2004 DBH and height at planting: 4 inches (10 cm)/14.5 feet (4.4 m) 2015 DBH and height: 4.5 inches (11 cm)/18 feet (5.5 m) 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 second installment in a series, Weber shares his observations and pictures of some medium- and large-maturing non-native trees that he has found to be particularly pleasing and functional. Weber says, "All are low maintenance and generally require only minor prun- ing 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." Persian Parrotia (Parrotia persica) is on the smaller end of medium trees and is low branched with an upright tight form. It has exfoliating gray, green, white, and brown bark. The new leaves emerge red/purple, then turn dark green, and the fall foliage color is yellow/red. Parrotia tolerates dry soils and is relatively pest-free. 2001 DBH and height at planting: 2.5 inches (6.4 cm)/6.5 feet (2 m) 2015 DBH and height: 7 inches (18 cm)/25 feet (7.6 m) Medium (25 to 50 feet/7.6 to 15 m) Persian parrotia bark

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