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…)