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Don’t Forget to Water Young Trees this Summer!

June 17, 2015

7931-spiralAfternoon thunder showers are not sufficient to water trees during the summer. Take the time to provide water to thirsty trees, especially young trees.

It is important to water deeply to a depth of 10 to 12” instead of frequent shallow waterings. Soaker hoses work well for this. Saturate the soil around the tree within the dripline.

These two websites provide additional information on this important aspect of tree care:

Celebrate Elms!

June 6, 2015

Courthouse Elm

Despite the ravaging Dutch elm disease, Charlottesville boasts several large elm trees. On Arbor Day in April of this year, tree stewards nominated the elm in front of Albemarle Courthouse (501 E. Jefferson St.) as a Landmark tree. The plaque reads: “2015 Landmark Tree Award, Albemarle Circuit Court, American Elm, Ulmus americana, in recognition of the Charlottesville area’s living history”. Read more…

FIFTH Annual Kids Tree Day

June 2, 2015

Kid drawings 1- 5'1560 energetic third graders from Venable School came to Forest Hills Park on May 22 to take part in the fifth annual “Kids Tree Day”.

Tree Stewards were on hand at six stations to talk with the children about all aspects of trees: Meet The Trees, See Nature Up Close, Trees with Flowers and Seeds, Drawing Trees, Stages of Composting, and Planting Seedlings.

Read more…

Spring Tree Sale this Saturday!

April 27, 2015

Come to the IX Complex (955 2nd Street, off Elliott Avenue) this Saturday, May 2, 9:00 a.m. to noon for the Master Gardener/Tree Steward plant sale.

We have a wide selection of mostly native, young trees and shrubs for a variety of growing conditions. Tree stewards will be on hand to offer advice about the selection, planting and care of your trees.

Large Trees:

American Chestnut, Bald Cypress, Black Gum, Hackberry, Shagbark Hickory, Bur Oak, Post Oak, Scarlet Oak, White Oak, Willow Oak, Pecan, Persimmon, White Pine,  Sourwood

Small Trees:

Chinquapin, Washington Hawthorne, American Plum, Chickasaw Plum, Redbud, Serviceberry, Sourwood, Witchhazel


Azaleas, Buttonbush, Black Chokeberry, Red Osier Dogwood, Elderberry, American Hazelnut, Arrowwood Viburnum, Blackhaw Viburnum, Possumhaw Viburnum

 Most plants priced $5.00 to $10.00

Virginia Historic Garden Week

April 17, 2015

DogwoodTree Stewards are offering Guided Tree Walks at Foxhaven Farm this weekend, as part of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week.

Tours will be given at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, and 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20.

Foxhaven, off Reservoir Road, is one of four properties on the Albemarle-Charlottesville tour. The others include Bloomfield, Verulam Farm and the Harris Home, all located just west of Charlottesville, near Ivy.

For a list of trees at Foxhaven, see Foxhaven Trees.

“Tree Basics for Homeowners”

April 14, 2015

Tree Basics logoCharlottesville Area Tree Stewards are celebrating spring by offering their FREE “Tree Basics for Homeowners” class on Thursday, April 30th. Come to the NEW Northside Library on West Rio Road between 10:00 a.m. and noon.

Tree stewards will suggest how to select a tree; they will demonstrate how to plant a tree, and they will discuss how to take care of trees.

Registration recommended. Call 974-7683.

Tree Basics for Homeowners Flyer

Charlottesville’s first blooming tree of 2015

March 25, 2015

First C'ville bloomer (1200x797)Maud Henne took this photo and writes:

“I could not believe it: On Saturday I saw the first tree in bloom, on Preston Ave, while all the others still look grey or try to get their leaf buds to open”.

Can anyone identify the tree? Surely it’s too early for a cherry tree. Perhaps it’s a plum?