Timely Tree Tips — Climate, Carbon, and Community Trees

There is much discussion in Washington state these days about carbon and climate change. In 2014 Governor Jay Inslee proposed a cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions; last year he introduced a carbon tax proposal and this year he’s brought a similar plan forward. These efforts are aimed at the problem of atmospheric carbon emissions, primarily … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Climate, Carbon, and Community Trees

Timely Tree Tips — Pros and Cons of Small Trees

PROS: Small trees have skyrocketed in popularity, most importantly thanks to utility companies. Trees no taller than 25-35 feet will not grow up into overhead power lines, which reduces tree-related outages and the need for heavy pruning to achieve clearance. Smaller trees require less space above and below ground than larger trees do, which generally … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Pros and Cons of Small Trees

Timely Tree Tips — Understanding Pioneer Species

Trees like alders, poplars, birches and willows are dubbed “pioneer species” in forestry. They earn that nickname for often being the first trees to colonize sites disturbed or damaged by landslides, fires, floods or clear cuts. Pioneer species grow rapidly and establish new canopies faster than competing vegetation. They can mature at a young age … Continue reading Timely Tree Tips — Understanding Pioneer Species

Commissioner Franz Answers the Ultimate Holiday Question: Real vs. Fake?

Every holiday season there are debates about which is the better choice – a real or artificial Christmas tree. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary S. Franz has the definitive answer. “Hands down – you have to go with a real tree,” says Hilary. “Supporting small business tree farms across the state directly contributes to your local economy. … Continue reading Commissioner Franz Answers the Ultimate Holiday Question: Real vs. Fake?

Timely Tips on Trees to Try – Trees for Fall Color, Part 2

We couldn’t decide if this topic was better suited to our ‘Timely Tree Tips’ series or our ‘A Tree to Try’ articles, so we mashed the two together in this edition of Tree Link. 'Part 1' of this article was featured in the September 2017 edition of Tree Link. In the spirit of the coming … Continue reading Timely Tips on Trees to Try – Trees for Fall Color, Part 2

Timely Tips on Trees to Try – Trees for Fall Color, Part 1

We couldn’t decide if this topic was better suited to our ‘Timely Tree Tips’ series or our ‘A Tree to Try’ articles, so we mashed the two together in this edition of Tree Link. 'Part 2' of this article will be featured in the October edition of Tree Link. In the spirit of the coming … Continue reading Timely Tips on Trees to Try – Trees for Fall Color, Part 1

A Tree to Try–Chinese Pistache

Chinese Pistache, Pistacia chinensis Okay, since you’re all wondering… yes, this is technically a pistachio tree but no, it isn’t the pistachio tree. Those delectable green nuts are actually the seeds of Pistacia vera, a close relative. Nonetheless, the Chinese pistache stands on its own merits as a landscape specimen. For starters, this is yet … Continue reading A Tree to Try–Chinese Pistache