Interpretive Pocket Park:
Bur Oak - Quercus macrocarpa
Also called the Mossy-cup Oak, because of the acorn being uniquely covered with a mossy fringe encasing at least 1/2 the nut. This oak is coarse in all seasons, but majestically so. Reaches a height of 70' or more with an equally spreading crown. Likely too large eventually for the average home property, but an ideal specimen for parks and large area landscapes.
Common Hackberry - Celtis occidentalis
This member of the elm family gets 60'+, is resistant to the Dutch Elm Disease (DED) that raised havoc with American Elms. This is the perfect tree for our prairie state due to the fact that it can survive the adverse conditions admirably. For home landscape look for cultivars like 'Prairie Pride' that stay in bounds - 45' to 50' and is fast growing.
Sienna Glen Maple - Acer x freeman 'Sienna'
A naturally occurring hybrid found on abandoned land near Lake Elmo, MN. It is a fast growing home landscape tree, broadly pyramidal in form, that tops out at 50'. There is no other maple with the attractive dual season color impact to match this tree: showy clusters of red flowers in early spring, and a range of autumn colors in the fall; red, orange, and burgundy.
Amur Flame Maple - Acer ginnala 'Flame'
A shrub-type small tree that is ideal for shading a patio, with colorful red fruits early summer and fiery red fall color. Size is 18' to possibly 25'. A seed grown species, there will be variability in spring and fall color.
Quaking Aspen - Populus tremuloides
No other tree species has the broad geographical spread of this species. In the wild, beautiful, fast growing trees, often the first to emerge after a forest fire, making it a tree ideal for reclaiming burned out forested land. Short lived, and a somewhat messy tree, it's only possible claim to desirable fame is the yellow fall color of the foliage.