It’s strange, but when most people think of New York City, they don’t picture trees. Still, the five boroughs have an estimated 900,000 trees. Approximately 24% of the city is still covered by trees, and their number exceeds five million.
Amazing beings that trees are, they breathe and grow every day. Keep in mind that if there are no trees, there is nothing. Amazing novelist Richard Power’s “The Overstory” celebrates the resilience, creativity, and magic of trees (and, yes, this is a strong recommendation to read that book).
The American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West in New York City is home to a particularly magnificent American elm, and its naming was inspired by the book. To be honest, Leonard probably doesn’t know or care what those annoying humans call him. The name, however, is fitting for such a magnificent and intricate tree.
Leonard is an American elm, as indicated by the New York City Street Tree Map. While giving a tree a name may seem frivolous, the City of New York actually tracks how much stormwater it intercepts each year (8,638 gallons), how much pollution it filters out of the air (9 pounds), and how much carbon dioxide it absorbs from the atmosphere each year (18,636 tons). It’s worth $562.86 per year to you because of all of these things (see the above link).
Likewise, going to see Leonard is highly recommended. Leonard shines brightly no matter the weather or the intensity of the light. The tree’s limbs extend beyond its actual height, defying gravity in the most blatant way. One of the most impressive things about this spreading giant tree is how it looks in the dead of winter.
Furthermore, seeing Leonard at night in a city where it’s never truly dark can be eerie. We are still waiting for snow in New York City this year, despite the milder winters. However, once the snow begins to fall, it will be time to pay Leonard another visit.
There are, of course, many other magnificent trees throughout the metropolis. You can find hundreds of them residing in the Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery. The fact that the ancient forest in Inwood, New York, still largely disregards the buzzing, annoying humans living above it only adds to the attraction. It’s worth noting that the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens are all home to botanical gardens, which are dominated by trees.
Where can you find a good tree?
The Fraser Fir is the tree that you will see the most vendors hawking on New York City streets. This fragrant evergreen bush is subtle in its aroma. “It has the least amount of needle fall, which people appreciate,” Scott Lechner, manager of SoHo Trees, said.
The sturdy and wide branches of the Balsam Fir make it an ideal tree for decorations. Also, this is one of the most fragrant plant types. They are more Rockwellian, traditional, and Americana, Mr. Lechner said.
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When shopping for a Christmas tree, what should I budget?
The typical price tag is between $35 and $200. The size of the tree has the most significant impact on the final cost. (New York City apartments typically range from 5 to 6 feet in height.)
The high cost of transporting trees from the Northwest Pacific states and Canada drives up their retail price. And just as with city property, proximity to amenities is key. Some areas, like SoHo and Williamsburg, have significantly higher prices than others for trees because sellers there know they can charge more.