Cherry Blossoms are arguably a big deal around here [link to winner of cherry blossom bracket story] but there are so many other trees in D.C. with beautiful, eye catching blooms that don’t get near enough love. To remedy that, we created our Blossoming Trees of D.C. Map! Since publishing it, we’ve slowly but surely been updating it – check out these new additions.
For a tree with many common names (it’s also known as the American basswood or lime) it has just as many honey bee pollinators. With nectar irresistible to honey bees, some beekeepers even market basswood honey! This stately shade tree has delicate pea-shaped fruits hanging from wing-shaped bracts. Look for them along Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue – D.C.’s historic linden corridor. Plant some on your property for free (or get money back!) with our residential planting programs.
A local favorite found in forests, fields and yards – the redbud usually blooms in late February or March. Small, pinkish-purple flowers are produced in unbelievable profusion along the branches (and even on the trunk) before their heart shaped purple leaves appear. A fast grower, redbuds can reach 15 – 25 feet in height in approximately 15 years. For this reason, it is often planted under power lines – a plus in a city like ours. Not only are redbuds available through our residential planting program RiverSmart Homes, you can also get up to $50 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program!
Tulip trees, one of the largest native trees in North America, have unusual flowers that give them their name. The flowers resemble the classic tulip flower. Tulip trees can be identified by their goblet shaped leaves: The tip almost looks like someone came along and took a bite out of them. Plant some on your property for free (or get money back!) with our residential planting programs.
So the next time you’re on a run, walk, or on your way to get groceries, take care to notice the trees around you – they have so much to offer!
The park inventory program is a collaboration between Casey Trees, the Urban Forestry Division, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Parks Service. As we are still in the progress of inventorying every park in the District, data on some parks may be missing. This map does not contain trees planted on private properties.