Majestic Trees

Some trees qualify as being 'majestic' so here is my personal TOP TEN TREES list...

California Redwoods

Sequoia sempervirens

Only 5-percent of these 1,500 to 2,000 year old giants remain standing along portions of the northern California and southern Oregon coast.


Young and old redwood trees This young Redwood has taken root next to an older one in northern California


Horse Chestnut

Aesculus hippocastanum

The coarse leaves have 5 to 7 leaflets and are known for providing shade in Bavarian beer gardens.

Nut-like seeds emerge from green spiky husks, with the look and feel of glossy wood. They are called horse chestnuts or conkers and have a whitish 'eye' at the base.

Horse Chestnut flowers White flowers with red spots are borne on erect panicles in mid-May.


American Beech

Fagus Grandifolia

Slow growing hardwood that is an attractive tree in large open areas. Beechnuts provide food for several species of wild animals.

The smooth gray bark has been a perennial favorite for sweethearts and vandals to carve their initials in.


Eastern Hemlock growing in Cook Forest

Tsuga canadensis

The State tree of Pennsylvania. Majestic old growth Hemlocks do well in Cook Forest, PA as seen in the photo on the left.

Evergreen tree with short, light green needles laying flat on the branch. Found in cool, moist woods.


Eastern White Pine in Cook Forest

Pinus strobus

Soft flexible silver-green needles in clusters of 5. Fast growth to over 150 feet tall in native woodlands, like the one on the left in Cook Forest, PA

It's been said that part of the reason the American Revolution began was due to the British cutting large White Pines, for their sailing ship masts, from New England woodlands.


Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum

Fantastic fall leaf colors of yellow, orange and red. Trees are tapped for maple syrup, and the wood is used for musical instruments, furniture and flooring.

Rock Maple is another common name due to this tree's hard wood.


Sycamore Tree

Platanus occidentalis

White colored branches give it away. Prefers moist areas along stream banks.

Other common names include London Planetree and Buttonball Tree.


White Oak

Quercus alba

Easy to identify due to its finger-like lobed leaves and stately growth.

Of particular note is the 400-year-old Wye Oak in Maryland which boasts a trunk diameter of 8 feet and a branch spread of 165 feet.


Weeping European Beech

Fagus Sylvatica 'Pendula'

This huge weeping beech in Washington Cemetery (Washington, PA) is quite unique in the way it overhangs a roadway.


Weeping Willow

Salix babylonica

Its large weeping form catches your eye from a distance. One of the first trees to leaf-out in springtime.

weeping willows

Weeping Willows on a golf course in Springtime


Manmade root problems

Preventing wind damage to trees

Tree planting instructions with photos


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