February 1, 2018

Tree Bark Talk

By Sarah Lord When the leaves are gone, identifying trees can be difficult. While damaged bark hurts most trees, or is a symptom that pests have the upper hand, exfoliant bark peels and sheds naturally. It […]
December 2, 2017

Local Color: Zelkova Serrata

By Sarah Lord As we face forward to winter, memories of an unusually late fall remain. In the drought, ginkgo trees dropped green leaves—and also golden ones after overdue rain.  Japanese maples were hot as chili […]
October 31, 2017

The Humble But Useful Silver Maple

Maples abound in Bolton Hill. In wetter cooler autumns, red maple varieties offer up their pleasing blaze of rouge. The invasive Norway maple is a hardy urban tree, but with duller fall color; it is disliked because […]
October 1, 2017

Bolton Hill’s Champion Trees

When the National Forest Service was in its infancy, Maryland hired its first state arborist, Fred Besley, who was the third state forester in the entire US. In 1906 this was still a new concept—the idea […]
August 30, 2017

Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia

Since July Lagerstroemia’s long-lasting, clustered blossoms have made summer gardens of our streets. White, mauve, raspberry, plum—the Victorian shades of these small trees’ flowers suit Bolton Hill.  But all good things come to an end: in […]
July 17, 2017

Black Walnut, Jenkins Alley

Now here’s a memorable tree living among us: the towering black walnut of Jenkins Alley, which shades the rear side of the almost equally towering Brown Memorial Church. It has BGE wires strung across it like […]
May 30, 2017

The American Beech: That’s One Tall Tree!

By Sarah Lord Stroll along the shaded sidewalk of West Lanvale Street and you’ll find that east of Park Avenue the tallest tree is a multi-branched American beech, nearing 50 ft. in height. Slow-growing and happy […]
February 27, 2017

Help Trees Help Us

by Sarah Lord, Baltimore City Forestry Board Spring is the season to rededicate ourselves to one of Bolton Hill’s best features: our trees. Our city is underpopulated by trees. Although the City is working hard to reverse these […]
February 27, 2016

Let's Take Care of Our Trees

Bolton Hill’s trees make the neighborhood a great place to live, but trees can’t take care of themselves. And it turns out, March is great tree-trimming weather. Certified TreeKeepers David Nyweide and Sarah Lord are ready […]