They are the greenery that gives life to our cities, the leafy giants that give us shade and that unforgettable rustling sound just outside our windows late at night. Trees are the unsung heroes of the urban landscape—and with proper planning and care, they can add immeasurably to the livability and character of a co-op or condominium community.
The Right Tree, in the Right Spot
For a tree to thrive it needs to be the right tree in the right spot and it needs to be cared for properly. Several factors should be considered when selecting a tree for a particular location or purpose.
“There are lots of different kinds of trees and lots of different considerations” that go into making these choices, says Michael Galvin, director of The Consulting Group at SavATree, a national tree and lawn care company, with regional offices throughout New Jersey. “The urban environment is not a native environment to planet Earth. We like to promote native trees, but some native trees won’t do well in that environment.”
With that in mind, “Urban-tolerant trees are those best suited for city environments,” says Ken Almstead, CEO of Almstead Tree & Shrub Care, based in New Rochelle, but with offices throughout the Northeast, including various New Jersey locations. “Typically these species can tolerate heat, drought, smaller soil volume, pollution and other city stresses. And, although every site is different, some of the species that have passed the test of time include London plane, sycamore, various elm species, Japanese zelkova, linden, ginkgo, and katsura, which are larger size trees.”
More medium size trees include Scholar, Hornbeam, Goldenraintree, says Almstead, with Hawthorn and Japanese flowering cherry trees on the smaller end of the spectrum.