Author Archives: TreeStewards

About TreeStewards

TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, are trained volunteers who work to protect, preserve, and enhance urban tree canopy through public education and volunteer activities such as planting, pruning, and caring for trees.

Witchy Hats on Witch Hazel Are in the Woods Now

Now is a great time to find bewitching sights in the woods of Northern Virginia. Here’s evidence: Witch “hats” on native Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) leaves. The conical black “hats” are the chemical reaction of the Witch hazel leaf to … Continue reading

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Help Us Plant Hundreds More Trees

The shocking new information about the unexpected acceleration of global warming should frighten all of us into doing everything we can to try to slow or halt it. Alexandria’s Natural Resources branch, Arlington County’s Urban Forestry unit, and Tree Stewards … Continue reading

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Tree Walk at Ivy Hill Cemetery

Tree Steward trainees and their mentors were agog at the magnificent tree specimens at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria on Sunday, Oct. 28th when they gathered for a tree identification expedition led by instructor Emily Ferguson. They encountered innumerable oaks … Continue reading

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Fall Tree ID Book List

Fall Tree ID Books

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300 New Trees Planted in Arlington

  Summer rains flooded many a basement in Arlington, but along Four Mile Run as it courses through Bon Air Park, precipitation caused a wipeout. The roots of many mature trees on the banks of the creek gave way after … Continue reading

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Tree Stewards Win Alexandria Beautification Award

Tree Stewards Jane Seward, Lynn Gas, Meghan Rainey and their neighbors in urban forestry deserve rousing accolades for greatly improving their Northridge-Beverly Hills districts by conceiving and leading a project to have 139 trees planted in yards in their neighborhood. The … Continue reading

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Tree Species for Our Area

Confused about what tree to plant? Here’s help. These lists have been compiled by ISA certified arborists who work directly with our urban forest every day. They know trees. But more important, they know trees that will be happy in … Continue reading

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Gently Hug Your Older Trees

This campaign was produced by TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria with a grant from ecoAction Arlington. It is in the public domain and may be used by all tree lovers worldwide. We do not have translated material. Click here to … Continue reading

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Mature Trees Presentation

Mature Tree Slide Deck in PDF This short slide presentation and  all elements of the Mature Trees Are Valuable Trees are in the public domain for tree lovers to share with their friends, neighbors, community and church groups, schools, public … Continue reading

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Don’t Cut That Tree!

A Michigan tree supplier is matching mature trees destined for the chipper to clients who want stately specimens. Not our story, but interesting nevertheless. Re-Tree gives mature trees a second chance

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