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Summer Fluff of the Cottonwood Tree

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Cottonwood seed pods explode into a summery fluff.

If you are anywhere near a Cottonwood tree (Populus deltoides, a member of the poplar family) you’ll experience a seasonal event in summer when the seed pods of the female trees ripen and explode, causing fluff to fly everywhere. I caught this one in mid-explosion at the beach on Lake Ontario. You might notice piles of fluff and not know where it came from, as it blows in the wind very easily. The tiny seeds are attached to the fluff, and are spread by the wind or anything the fluff attaches itself to, much like a dandelion seed. If you’re looking for the top Manhattan tree care company, Manhattan Tree Care experts are standing by 24/7 to handle your routine or emergency tree service needs and they serve all of Manhattan. Continue »



Preserving Toronto’s Bounty

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It is no secret that Toronto, “A City Within a Park” is justifiably proud of its urban forest. Just last week, the Globe and Mail reported that the one hundred and sixteen species of trees that make up the city’s ten million trees are worth an estimated seven billion dollars, that is, 10 million trees at a replacement cost of 700 dollars per tree. According to the Globe, the urban forest provides the city with 80 million dollars in environmental and cost savings per year, broken down as follows:

  • $53.95-million from the reduced strain on water transportation and infrastructure thanks to rain and wet-weather flow interception
  • $19.09-million from air pollutants absorbed, removed and avoided by street trees
  • $6.42-million from energy saved through shading and climate moderation
  • $1.24-million from carbon sequestration and emissions avoided through energy savings

The amount of particulate matter removed annually by Toronto’s urban forest is equivalent to the amount released by over one million cars or 100,000 single family homes, the report calculates.- Globe and Mail Continue »