As the Autumn set in an the leaves began to change colors and fall, I realized with the busy summer fly by without 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 ant 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 as well 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 a type I have not yet identified.
Many blocks interestingly have one type of three 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 Ginko 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 Ginko trees have a specific gender. Only the female tress produce the 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.
As well white oak, black oak, chestnut oak are all very common.