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…)
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…)
TIM PURTELL PHOTO | The spring flowers of the red maple.
Latin name: Acer rubrum
Locations: A large, old red maple grows in front of the Chase Bank. They can also be can be seen along Cobbetts Lane, Menantic Road by Bowditch, and Midway Road. (more…)
TIM PURTELL PHOTO | Eastern red cedar tree.
Latin name: Juniperus virginiana
Actually, it’s a juniper: Despite its common name, red cedar is really a juniper. They’re called cedars because they reminded the first colonists of European cedars. (more…)
TIM PURTELL PHOTO | White Pines at Sylvester Manor.
This week, the Reporter begins a new column by Tim Purtell, the president of the non-profit organization Shelter Island Friends of Trees. Each month, Tim will explore the history, name and statistics associated with various tree species found on the Island and provide details of where you can see them for yourself. Enjoy! (more…)