Ancient Trees at the Urban Boundary

  The margin between urban and rural areas is an area of constant change. In most cities, development rapidly gobbles up rural land, including its forests. In Lexington, Kentucky, strict land use regulations have slowed this trend.  It is at the edge of the city that we can most closely watch and learn from the […]

The Ghetto Palm?

Scroll down below slideshow for the story [soliloquy id=”1586″] Tree-of-heaven, Ailanthus altissima, is a very common tree in large eastern cities. A native of Asia, Ailanthus was introduced as an ornamental and quickly escaped cultivation.  It has a remarkable ability to grow successfully in cracks in sidewalks, abandoned lots, even from the gutters of old […]