One of the benefits of the restoration of the original street grid in the Jewelry District is the new trees that are springing up in the tree wells in our new sidewalks.
While the north south streets aren't gaining greenery, the east/west streets have received well over a hundred and fifty trees by one observer's admittedly rough count. Trees have been planted on Basset, Clifford, E. Franklin and Friendship streets.
Our new saplings offer an intriguing mix of tree varieties, too. Not a single Norway Maple to be seen, a fast growing, short-lived tree which was a popular solution to urban forestation three generations ago. Their stumps can be found in tree lawns in cities across the country.
Our new trees include: Tilias Tomentosa (Silver Linden), Japanese Selkova Serrata (Village Green), Ulmus Carp (Commendation Elm), Ulmus Accolade (Accolade Elm), Puris Calleryana (Chanticleer Pear), Gledistsia Triacanthos (Skyline Honey Locust).
It will be interesting to see how each of these trees approaches the changes of the seasons – what colors we'll see in the autumn and blossoms, if any, come spring.
On the other hand...
Trees planted more than a year ago across from Coro Center alongside the Point Street off-ramp from I-95 and I-195 don't seem to be fare too well. They badly need water, or they are having a very early autumn.