As the autumn set in and the leaves began to change colors and fall, I realized that the busy summer had flown by without my even starting on a hobby project that I have been thinking about since last winter. I grabbed the camera and took a long walk around the neighborhood. I took pictures of every different tree I could find.
I often am talking to one homeowner or another about a laundry list of items they have questions about. Now and again, a tree in their yard will come into question. Sometimes, the tree needs to be trimmed or come down altogether. I can normally name the tree type, but once in a while I come across one that I can’t identify. So I thought the idea of cataloging the neighborhood trees would be fun and educational for me and also be a good resource for friends and neighbors who, like me, wanted to identify the trees in our neighborhood. I welcome readers of the blog to submit pictures of their trees in Capitol Hill, especially if it is of a type I have not yet identified.
Interestingly, many blocks have one type of tree that was planted up and down the block. There are also commonly a handful of miscellaneous trees sprinkled in, which the homeowners have planted over the years.
My block is filled with a bunch of Ginkgo trees. They look great in the late autumn. The leaves turn yellow, later then most other trees. The block looks great when all the leaves are yellow at the same time. Like some other species, the Ginkgo trees have a specific gender. Only the female trees produce fruits. Generally, in the city, people try not to plant the female ones because the fruits rot on the street and do not smell good.
The pin oak tree is very common both in Capitol Hill and in greater DC as well.
Common maples in DC are the Silver Maple and the Sugar Maple.
White oak, black oak, and chestnut oak are also very common.