Grey Willow (Salix Cinerea)

Grey willows are a small deciduous tree (sometimes considered a shrub) with long slender branches covered in many elongated leaves that weigh down the branches. The trees have impressive root systems, and roots will grow readily from airborne parts of the plants (eg, hanging branches). It spreads widely and aggressively […] Read more »

Sycamore Maple (Acer Pseudoplatanus)

Initially from Europe and Eastern Asia, this type of maple was brought over to be ornamental and is commonly seen in parks and along roads. It is a tall tree, reaching 100 feet with 5-lobed leaves similar to other maples. The leaves have subtle differences though: a more leathery texture, […] Read more »

Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus Altissima)

Also known as shumac or Chinese sumac, the tree of heaven is native to China and Taiwan and was introduced to America by a Pennsylvania gardener in 1748. It was being sold commercially in this country about a century later. This highly adaptable deciduous tree can now be found in […] Read more »

Norway Maple (Acer Platanoides)

Originating in Europe and Western Asia, Norway Maple found its way to America due to ornamental value as a landscape plant. A deciduous tree that can grow up to 90 feet, it is often confused with the native Sugar Maple. The easiest way to determine the difference is that Norway […] Read more »

Black Locust (Robinia Pseudoacacia)

Native to the southeastern United States, the black locust found its way to New England because of its wood that is rot resistant and very hard. After  initially being planted for its wood, it began to thrive in southeastern MA, because it grows well in rocky or sandy soil. These […] Read more »