What Type of Tree is This?


I thought this one from Columbia Heights was pretty great. And speaking of – if you were to plant a new tree curbside – what type would you recommend?


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  • Horse Chestnut

  • I noticed the very same tree today and wondered about it. Gorgeous.

  • Call 311 or go to 311.dc.gov and let them know about a curbside planting space. The city plants there, and they don’t encourage individuals to do so.

    • That is not necessarily true. Trees for Capitol Hill, a non-profit citizen volunteer group that has been planting trees on the hill for over 20 years works closely and well with the DC arborist; always getting permits for planting spaces and occasionally assisting with tree surveys. Join us the second Saturday in November and volunteer. http://www.treesforcapitolhill.org

    • I met with the arborist for the Adams-Morgan area one day about a tree I was concerned about. She was very professional, knowledgeable and helpful.

      It is correct to go through the city. I always use the “contact the mayor” website of dc.gov, and have found them very responsive. “J” is a classical example of the Dunning-Kruger effect found so frequently on the web.

    • The city certainly does encourage people to request street tree plantings. It may not be a major marketing campaign but I’ve been in meetings where they ask people to request planting locations and even encourage them to suggest preferred species.

  • To the question: Copper Beech tree, lovely tree.

  • Definitely have the city plant the tree, but go crazy with flowers, shrubs, mulch, etc in the box around the tree. The city planted a nice cherry tree in our curb box this year, and we just dressed up the space around it, which was much cheaper than planting a tree.

    • Actually dc arborists strongly recommend not to plant anything else in the tree box — it competes with the tree for nutrients and WATER.

      • There’s actually some research that suggests that understory gardens or tree guilds can help with things like stormwater mitigation and nutrient levels under trees. We have an article on the topic in the April edition of our Leaflet – check it out for yourself: http://bit.ly/ZXWN1f.

  • Definitely Aesculus. Not pavia (which is more pure red). Most likely Aesculus x carnea ‘Briotii’.

  • These are planted all over Paris where they trim them in rectangles (and they are massive). It’s stunning

  • Sure, it’s pretty but it always better to plant native trees rather than non-natives such as this one.

    • please explain your evidence for this statement? What makes it better?

      • In a workshop (I think sponsored by the District Department of the Environment) that I went to last year, they said that native trees/shrubs/flowers were best for encouraging native butterflies, native birds, etc.

  • You definitely have to go through 311/DDOT for trees, but you can request trees. More info here: http://dc.gov/DC/DDOT/Services/Tree+Services/Tree+Planting

    A year or two ago, I remember looking at a map of trees in DC. I thought the map was of every street tree in DC (including what species they were), but I can’t find it. I could only find the trees being taken down, trees being planted, and trees being pruned. Does anyone know about a map of all the street trees in DC?

  • andy

    Carpinus caroliniana make a good street tree, though I’ve seen a few dead ones not longer after being planted on DC streets.

  • Our Tree Planting department narrowed down this tree to the Aesculus genus as well, but was unsure about the exact species. We determined that is likely either Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) as suggested below or the hybrid Red Horse Chestnut (Aesculus x carnea), which is a cross between horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) and Red Buckeye.

    It’s very pretty! And should add some nice color to the neighborhood’s canopy.

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