10/10/17 12:00pm
TIM PURTELL PHOTO | American elm in the Heights.

TIM PURTELL PHOTO | American elm in the Heights.

Latin Name: Ulmus americana

Locations: The American elm is a rare tree on Shelter Island. One large tree grows in the Heights across from the tennis court and there’s another elm nearby on the ferry line road. There’s a nice specimen in Sylvester Manor to the right side of the entrance road as you approach the Manor. And three huge trees can be found on the sides of Baldwin, South Menantic, and Sunshine roads. In East Hampton, magnificent old trees line Main Street and other locations.   (more…)

08/29/17 2:00pm
TIM PURTELL PHOTO | Dawn redwood on the grounds of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm.

TIM PURTELL PHOTO | Dawn redwood on the grounds of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm.

Latin Name: Metasequoia glyptostroboides

Locations: Dawn redwood is a rare tree on our Island. There’s one on the Havens House grounds and another in the Sylvester Manor garden. Others may be found in private gardens. If you know of other public locations, let me know.  (more…)

08/01/17 8:00am
TIM PURTELL PHOTOS | A beautiful pin oak in the Town Center.

TIM PURTELL PHOTOS | A beautiful pin oak in the Town Center.

Latin Name: Quercus palustris

Locations: A magnificent, tall pin oak grows in the Town Center between the Library and Town Hall. Because this tree stands alone, it has a full, even spread on all sides.

Tree stats: The native pin oak ranges from the Midwest to the Northeast. The Latin word palus means swamp, which indicates this tree’s preference for moist soil. Despite this preference, it’s a popular landscape and street tree that adapts to various conditions. (more…)

06/02/17 10:00am
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TIM PURTELL PHOTO  The flower of the tulip tree.

Latin Name: Liriodendron tulipifera

Locations: A large, old tulip tree reigns close to Route 114 on the Havens House grounds. On Ram Island, a handsome specimen, donated by the Tuthill Drive Neighbors, grows at the entrance to Tuthill Drive. Three other trees — one between Chase Bank and Justice Hall, a second on Manhanset Road near Cobbetts, and a third on Burro Hall Lane across from the Recycling Center — were planted by Friends of Trees. (more…)