Notable Trees

Yesterday, DCist ran in interesting piece identifying various unusual or notable trees around the District. Probably the most impressive on the list is the nearly 400 year old white pine bonsai kept at the arboretum. But several Georgetown trees make the cut too. Including the katsura trees at Dumbarton Oaks:

A couple Himalayan cedars, also at Dumbarton Oaks, and the massive tulip poplar on the northwest corner of Montrose Park (top photo).

These are all great trees, but GM wanted to highlight a few more notable trees in our neighborhood.

The first group are a couple of Chinese dawn redwoods planted at the P St. home of Sophia Owen.

These trees were planted by Owen in the 1960s, and if you get a good wide view of east Georgetown, you will see that they tower over all the buildings and trees. They now stand approximately 110 feet tall. If they’re left alone and healthy, they could eventually grow to over 400 feet tall.

Second is the monkey puzzle tree:

This tree stands at the corner of 31st and R St., across from the entrance to Dumbarton Oaks. It is really a bizarre tree and looks like it belongs in a Dr. Seuss book. The name comes from the observation of Englishman Charles Austin in 1850 that it “would puzzle a monkey to climb that tree”.

The tree is native to Chile, and is, in fact, that country’s national tree. It’s such an odd and (frankly) unattractive tree that it must have been planted by a patriotic Chilean at some point.

The last tree GM will point to is the lovely elm on the lawn in front of Healy Hall:

GM doesn’t really have any additional information on this tree. It’s just really beautiful.

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  1. qstreeter

    The large tree on Healy lawn is stunning, but isn’t an elm! It has opposite branching and leaflets have smooth edges, so is an ash (probably green ash).

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