City Trees

May/June 2022

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Monterrey oak's notable ornamental fea- tures include its emerging spring leaves, which have a peach to light green color. By summer, the attractive leaves are thick and leathery, and the tree can be semi-ev- ergreen, holding its leaves longer than most deciduous trees in the area (until December or January). Sometimes, new leaves push out old leaves in the spring. Haywood recommends watering 10 gallons (45 liters) of water per caliper inch at least once a week (e.g. 20 gallons/90 liters a week for a 2 inch/5-cm-caliper tree) for the first two to three years and maintaining a 3 inch (7.6 cm) mulch ring around the tree. (Trees may need to be watered more often during dry periods.) Haywood has worked to ensure a diversity of trees are planted in new devel- opments by requiring that no more than 20 percent of a single genera is represented. Monterrey oak has a pyramidal to rounded growth habit and is fast growing for an oak, with an average shoot extension of 2.5 feet (.76 m) per year in Denton. As the tree grows, pruning of the lower limbs is required over multiple seasons to raise the crown to its desired height. Next time you visit Denton, don't forget to check out a new oak neighbor. Haywood Morgan Jr. received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Urban Forestry from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a 2020 Municipal Forestry Institute graduate with 23 years of experience in municipal forestry. Haywood is the City of Denton, Texas Urban Forester and serves on the ISA Texas Board of Directors. Monterrey oak street tree in Denton, by Haywood Morgan. 40 CityTREES

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