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English Elm in The Tree Year

Since learning about The Tree Year 2011 project from a Metropolitan Field Guide post, I have been contemplating which tree in my neighborhood to observe this year.  (The United Nations declared 2011 the International Year of Forests.)  Should record the blooming of the Callery pear we adopted as part of MillionTreesNYC?  The London planetrees I can see from our window?  The weeping willow in a nearby garden?  The English Elm in Washington Square Park?  Should I select a tree located outside of my neighborhood?

Last week after publishing a Marsh Madness entry on the Minetta Brook which included information about the English Elm, I settled on this elm.  Below are photographs from days 1 and 2 of observation.

Day 1 (March 31, 2011)

(the phone pictured is 4.5 inches long)

Day 2 (April 5, 2011)


  1. A beautiful tree - Elms are very rare now in the UK sadly. Good luck with your #treeyear project :)

  2. dusty, the elm is majestic and I look forward to seeing it in full leaf.

    I will follow your #tree year at your blog at

    The Tree Year project (by dreamfalcon) is on Twitter @treeyear and #treeyear and on Facebook as "The Tree Year."

    You can read dreamfalcon's blog at

  3. Welcome to the Tree Year Project!
    Beautiful choice - looking forward to more!


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