Tree Week: Notable Georgetown Trees

To wrap up Tree Week here at the Georgetown Metropolitan, GM thought he’d highlight some special trees we have around the village.

The P St. Redwoods:

As detailed in a recent CAG newsletter, there are a group of four Chinese dawn redwoods in the backyard of P St. resident Sofia Owen, who planted the trees in the 1960s. Right now the trees are 110 feet tall and are 30 1/2 inches in diameter. In a few thousand years they could be up to 400 feet tall. Would that violate the height act? You’ll just have to live a few dozen centuries to find out…

Q St. Elms

GM’s talked about them before, but it’s worth mentioning again: the American elm trees on Q St. are a treasure. Up until the middle part of the 20th century, streets like Q St. used to criss-cross the nation. Then one day a shipment of wood arrived on our shores with parasites carrying Dutch elms disease. Over the following decades, beautiful shady cathedrals of elms were cut down all over the country. But the elms of Q St. were spared.

Today the elms of Q St. are being replenished with new disease resistant trees. Nonetheless, Trees for Georgetown, Casey Trees, and the District Urban Forestry Administration jointly spend $10,000 every other year to inoculate the trees against Dutch elms disease.

Thanks to these gigantic elms, there is no better street in Georgetown to walk down on a hot summer day than Q St.

Montrose Poplar

In the woods behind Montrose Park stands the second largest tree in the District of Columbia. It’s a tulip poplar that’s 96 feet tall with a 120 foot crown spread. That apparently gives it a “big tree score” of 350 which is just 6 fewer than the largest tree in the District, a white oak on Northampton St. in Chevy Chase, DC. There are a bunch of taller trees than our Poplar in the top twenty-five, but the total score takes into account overall size, which put it safely in second place. (By the way, Tudor Place has a pecan ranked 23rd).

So are there any other notable trees GM missed?

You want to be notable yourself, at least in the eyes of trees? Buy your ticket to the Trees for Georgetown annual fundraiser on May 26th by calling the CAG office at 202-337-7313.

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  1. Georgetown has some wonderful trees in it and I encourage you to share them with everyone in DC by nominating them as Trees of Note to the Casey Trees map.

    Trees of Note are designated as such because of their size, history and/or personal significance. It is a great way to connect people to trees. The more that people are made aware of these special trees, they more likely they are to care and protect them.

    Learn more about the Trees of Note program at http://www.caseytrees.org/education/trees-of-note/index.php.

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