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Urban Permaculture Tour - PeeGee Hydrangea

Urban Permaculture Tour

 

Green Wood Cemetery Gate

Green-Wood Cemetery Gate

 

I’ve been reading Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard. So when I got an email about an Urban Permaculture Tour of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn from the New York Permaculture Meetup group, I quickly got excited about the many varieties I’d see to potentially add to my planned restoration farm. Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 and was one of the first rural cemeteries (from what I’m told this area was rural at the time). The cemetery is also the site of the Battle of Brooklyn fought in 1776. The  architecture and scenery are magnificent and  the downtown skyline of Manhattan is easily seen from here. The tour was sponsored by The Indoor Gardening Society of New York and it was great! I took notes and photos of many trees and also grabbed a few seeds that I can’t wait to plant.

 

Minerva Hails Lady Liberty

Minerva Hails Lady Liberty

1- Weeping Mulberry(Morus alba)

Can’t wait to come back when the Mulberries are in Season.

Weeping Mulberry

Weeping Mulberry

weeping mulberry leaf

Weeping Mulberry Leaf

2 – Ginkgo Biloba

I’m really excited about this one. The seeds are piled all over the place as this is the favorite of the Racoons. I grabbed a bunch of seeds and will be growing many of these to play “Genetic Yahtzee”, selecting the best  specimens for taste, vigor, yield, time to fruit,. etc.

 

 

Ginkgo Biloba Tree

Ginkgo Biloba Tree

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf

3- Cherry Tree

Was told this was a cherry but when I scrapped the bark I didn’t have the almond like scent I’m familiar with.

Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

 

Cherry Tree Leaves

Cherry Tree Leaves

4- Beech Tree

I should have looked for some beech nuts.

 

Beech Tree

Beech Tree

Beech Tree Leaves

Beech Tree Leaves

Here is something interesting. Injection ports placed in this tree by Cornell University. This tree suffers from some type blight or other ailment and medicines are injected right into the tree.

 

Tree Injection Port

Tree Injection Port

 

5-Horse Chestnut

Raw Horse Chestnut seed is toxic. But it does have medicinal uses.

Horse Chestnut Tree

Horse Chestnut Tree

Horse Chestnut-leaves

Horse Chestnut Leaves

Horse Chestnut Leaf

Horse Chestnut Leaf

6-Atlas Cedar

 

Atlas Cedar Tree

Atlas Cedar Tree

7-Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple Tree

Japanese Maple Tree

8-White Pine

White Pine Tree

White Pine Tree

White Pine Tree Cone

White Pine Tree Cone

9-Dawn Redwood

The Dawn Redwood was thought to be extinct but was rediscovered. It is one of three  deciduous conifers  and is fast growing.

Dawn Redwood

The Dawn Redwood

Dawn Redwood Cone

Dawn Redwood Cone

 

10- Unknown Tree

This tree was Unknown to the tour guide, please comment below if you happen to know what it is.

An Unknown Tree

11-Sweet Gum

Sweetgum Tree

Sweetgum Tree

Sweet Gum Leaves And Seed Pod

Sweet Gum Leaves And Seed Pod

12-Black Birch

We broke off branches by the catkin bracts  and tasted the Wintergreen oils. The sap can be made into syrup just like Maple.

Black Birch Tree

Black Birch Tree

Catkin Bracts and Leaves of the Black Birch

Catkin Bracts and Leaves of the Black Birch

13-Camperdown Elm

The Camperdown can only be grafted. Here you can see the line where the tree was grafted to the rootstock.

Camperdown Elm

Camperdown Elm – You can see the graft line

14-Peegee Hydrangea

The tree-form of the hydrangea.

PeeGee Hydrangea Tree

PeeGee Hydrangea Tree

 

15 – Himalayan pine

 

Himalayan Pine Tree

Himalayan Pine Tree

16 -Persimmon

Don’t have a picture,my cell phone was dieing, of the tree but here is one of the fruit. The bark looked as though it had little cubes on it. I managed to get 3 seeds that I will try my luck growing.

Persimmon Fruit

Persimmon Fruit

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