March 31, 2010

London planetree: Brooklyn's most common street tree

Image: Planetrees (Manhattan)

The London planetree was not only the most common street tree in New York City (five boroughs) in 2005, it was the most common street tree in Brooklyn, at 24% of the population. The next four most common street trees in Brooklyn were Norway maple (11%), honeylocust (9%), pin oak (7%), and Callery pear (7%).

Image: Bud opening, Callery pear
Image: Bud opening, Norway maple

New York City's 2005 street tree inventory organized by the Department of Parks & Recreation revealed the five most common street trees in New York City's five boroughs. In the Bronx, the top five were honeylocust (13%), Norway maple (12%), London planetree (11%), pin oak (9%), and Callery pear (8%); in Manhattan, honeylocust (23%), Callery pear (16%), Ginkgo (10%), London planetree (8%), and littleleaf linden (6%) were the most common species; in Queens, the top five were Norway maple (18%), London planetree (14%), pin oak (8%), Callery pear (7%), and honeylocust (7%); and on Staten Island, the most common street trees were Callery pear (25%), London planetree (10%), red maple (9%), Norway maple (8%), and pin oak (7%).

Want to know more? Read our post about the 10 Most Common Street Trees in New York City. How do street tree populations vary by neighborhood in your city?

2 comments:

  1. Hello Local Ecologist, I love your blog and have just put up a link on my own. Do you know about the Biblical Garden at Saint John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue in Morningside Heights? If not, you may want to check it out. A tiny gem, and I'd love to hear about the plants.

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  2. Outwalkingthedog, welcome! Thanks for linking and the information about the garden. I'll have to visit the neighborhood.

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