While Arbor Day has been around for nearly a century and a half, most of us think about trees about as often as we think about taking our next breath. However, with one providing the sustenance for the other, both are indispensable to our very existence. Today, in reverence to the oxygen and lower electricity bills they provide (tree shades home → home feels cooler → less air conditioning needed), we decided to brush up on our arboricultural skills. Bonus: The next time a client inquires about the trees on the property we’re showing them we will know exactly what to tell them!
According to Parks & Recreation, Denver’s 2.2 million trees cover 19.7% of its land area, which no doubt contributed to its nomination as one of the top 10 US cities for urban forests. Here are some of the trees you can find in the Denver Metro Area and how to identify them:
Evergreens get their name from the fact that they keep their color and foliage all year round. The two types of evergreens you’re likely to spot in the Denver area are:
The Green Ash and White Ash are among the most common trees in Colorado cities and can be recognized by their leaves. Look for toothed, oval leaves growing symmetrically opposite one another on a long stem. The female trees contain paddle-shaped seeds. Unfortunately, due to the introduction of the nonindigenous emerald ash borer (a wood-boring beetle), many ash trees in Colorado are in poor health today and are being removed to prevent further infestation.