Trees of the Christiana Neighborhood

Trees of the Christiana Neighborhood

Elkhart, Indiana 46514, United States

Created By: Ruthmere

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Are you a nature enthusiast, or simply curious to learn more about the trees you see around you every day? Welcome to the “Trees of the Christiana Neighborhood” tour, where we will take you on a brief walk around the Beardsley Historic District, or the Christiana Neighborhood, to see a variety of trees. Learn some interesting facts, from the history of these types of trees to what they are used for, as well as ways to identify them. Should you consider planting these species in your backyard, or are they invasive? Do they drop nuts, fruits, or seeds? What sort of wildlife do they attract? How long have these species been in North America? If you’re curious, take a walk with us to learn the answers and more.

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It's no mystery where the white paper birch earned its name - the paper birch is known for its thin, peeling layers that come off of its trunk like paper. This species is native to northern North America, prominently in Canada. It tends to ... Read more
The flowering dogwood is native to most of the eastern United States, and its white, pink, or red flowers are desirable by many for ornamental purposes. When the dogwood flowers, it is a sure sign that spring has arrived, and many other flo... Read more
Magnolias are among the most popular flowering ornamental trees of our region. With fragrant, showy flowers of pink, red, purple, or yellow, the many cultivars of the magnolia tree are used to improve landscapes and curb appeal across the c... Read more
The Northern Pin Oak is a prominent tree throughout the Great Lakes region of the United States. Its acorns are a vital food source for local fauna such as squirrels, deer, and blue jays; its cavities are nesting sites for wood ducks, easte... Read more
The black locust, also commonly called the false acacia, is a tree with incredibly invasive traits - so you might want to reconsider planting one. Arborists in our region advise against selecting black locusts due to the aggressive spread o... Read more
Unsurprisingly, the Norway maple is native to Europe, and is considered invasive in many places throughout the United States. In fact, the Norway maple is banned for sale in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. They tend to spread aggressively,... Read more
Both ornamental and useful, the sweetgum tree is one you have likely seen in many landscapes - yards, parks, campuses, and other places of visual interest. One of the only downfalls of this tree is the spiky "gumball" fruits, which can be a... Read more
A native of the Rocky Mountains, the blue spruce is a pine tree that is nonetheless commonly used in Midwest landscapes. It is evergreen, making it ideal for year-round foliage. Most associate it with Christmas - when you are looking for a ... Read more
One of the most distinguishing features of the beech tree is its bark, which makes the tree's trunk look like the sturdy leg of a large elephant. This beech is European, differing from the American beech, which has no purple or bronze-leafe... Read more
Like the European beech also seen on this church property, the tri-color beech is a beautiful ornamental tree with stunning colors that persist throughout the year. Tri-color beeches refer to specific cultivars of the European beech. The in... Read more
True to its name, the eastern hemlock is native to the northeastern and Appalachian regions of North America. This tree has multiple cultivars developed for a variety of ornamental and landscape uses, such as shrubs, dwarfs, form mutants, c... Read more
Dramatic and eye-catching, the eastern redbud is a burst of color that draws in pollinators, songbirds, and small mammals. It can be found throughout most of the United States, although it is native to the eastern and south-central U.S. It ... Read more
The Tulip Poplar - neither a tulip nor a poplar tree - is the state tree of Indiana. It is more closely related to the magnolia tree; the name "tulip" refers to its tulip-shaped flowers. The tree you see here is relatively young, planted re... Read more
While most species of tree undergo at least some changes over the course of millions of years, the same cannot be said for the Ginkgo. Arborists refer to ginkgoes as "living fossils" - the same trees have been growing for almost 200 million... Read more
The hackberry is considered to be a tough tree, as it can survive in a large span of temperatures and with varying degrees of rainfall, and it will withstand strong winds and air pollution. Overall, it is a relatively low-maintenance tree t... Read more
The Sycamore tree is known for its massive trunk and broad, irregular crown, as seen here, which functions as a shade tree and a home for a wide variety of local birds, small mammals, and insect pollinators. When planting this tree, make su... Read more
The catalpa is a common tree seen throughout the Midwest, prominent in Indiana. The word "catalpa" comes from the language of the Cherokee Native Americans, and translates to "tree" or "bean tree." The catalpa worm - which is actually a cat... Read more


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