06/02/18 8:00am
TIM PURTELL PHOTO | A dogwood tree on Bateman and North Midway roads.

TIM PURTELL PHOTO | A dogwood tree on Bateman and North Midway roads.

Latin Name: Cornus florida

Location: The flowering dogwoods have been spectacular this spring. Until last week, a handsome specimen stood out on the corner of Bateman and North Midway. Two others were prominent next to the library and in front of the school. Others were blooming in front of Center homes as well as along Route 114. (more…)

03/09/18 10:00am
TIM PURTELL PHOTO | Ecklund witch hazel on South Midway Road.

TIM PURTELL PHOTO | Ecklund witch hazel on South Midway Road.

Latin Name: Hamamelis X intermedia, H. virginiana

Location: In the bleak month of February when winter seems endless, few sights are as welcome as the bright yellow flowers of the witch hazel. A gorgeous multi-trunked specimen stands out like a floral torch on 59 South Midway Road in front of James and Linda Eklund’s house. (more…)

10/29/17 11:00am
TIM PURTELL PHOTOS | Manhanset sweetgum tree.

TIM PURTELL PHOTOS | Manhanset sweetgum tree.

Latin Name: Liquidambar styraciflua

Locations: Three sweetgums stand tall at the edge of the Library parking lot. Four other trees, planted by Friends of Trees, can be found along Manhanset Road by Bonnie Lane. A sturdy specimen grows on the grounds of Union Chapel.   (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…)