A Note: Nationwide are the efforts of foresters to steer folks away from planting maples. It is very risky to plant mostly one species of tree that is grown in towns and cities. A lesson learned when the ash trees were wiped out by a bark beetle that left many communities with few trees. A serious scare also came when the Asian long-horned beetle killed almost every maple in some communities before they finally eliminated the infestation. Most times the insect cannot be controlled in time. Now, my nursery sources say that ten percent, or less, of tree orders to cities are maples. Thus, we are trying to encourage the planting of other tree species to balance out the varieties in Norway to encourage long term shade, beauty and tempering of the city climate.
In our parks we seek to have a variety of sizes, shapes, fruiting, and flowering, to encourage wildlife and a cool, moist, green place.
On our boulevards we seek to grow strong, stable, semi-shady trees that won’t drop too much debris and keep an open and clear visibility.
A look at a few of the recommended park trees:
To report a tree-related problem, call 563-9641, extension 501. Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and participation in keeping our community healthy and growing.