American Beech Trees of Illinois

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in News |

We are back this week to continue our series about Chicago’s native trees with a profile on a tree that has been in this area for thousands of years, the American beech tree (Fagus grandifolia).  This tall American hardwood tree is found mostly in the eastern half of the U.S. and southern Canada.  It is believed that the American beech was once spread throughout the modern-day continental U.S., from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast, before the...

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Native Black Cherry Tree

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in News |

Our ongoing series covering the native trees of the Chicago area returns this week with a closer look at the beautiful and showy black cherry tree.  The black cherry tree (Prunus serotina), also known as the mountain black cherry, rum cherry, and wild black cherry, is a large deciduous tree that is found throughout the eastern half of the United States as well as areas in the American Southwest and Mexico.  Black cherries are commonly used as...

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Birch Trees in the Chicago Area

Posted by on Sep 25, 2018 in News |

We are back this week with our series about the native trees of Chicago to discuss a tree that is unique in our Midwestern landscape, the birch tree.  Birch trees are medium to large sized deciduous hardwood trees that are most notable for their lightly colored, paper-like bark.  They are generally planted as shade trees, but the vibrant color of its leaves in the fall in contrast to its light-colored bark creates quite a sight, making birch...

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Autumn Tree Colors in Chicago

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in News |

The hot, muggy dog days of late summer are upon us here in the Chicago area, but at Hendricksen Tree Care, we are excited about the upcoming fall season.  Autumn is such an amazing season in the city of Chicago and its suburbs because of the brilliant fall foliage and scenery around the area as well as the more moderate weather.  The fall leaves look beautiful anywhere you go in the region whether you see brilliant reds and yellows dotting the...

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Elm Trees in the Chicago Area

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in News |

Our series on the native trees of Chicago is back this week as we take a closer look at a tree that is beautiful and loved throughout the Chicagoland area, the elm tree.  Elm trees are very hardy trees that can withstand tough conditions and they are valued for their shape, shade, and natural beauty as ornamental trees.  Elms, especially American elms, were very popular trees to plant in cities like Chicago that grew and developed in the 19th...

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Locust Trees Native to Chicago and Illinois

Posted by on Aug 20, 2018 in News |

Our series on the native trees of the Chicago area is back this week with an in depth look at locust trees.  Locust trees are found throughout North America and Asia and they are classified under one of two different genera; the genus Gleditsia and the genus Robinia.  There are twelve known species of locust trees under the genus Gleditsia including the popular honey locust, and there are ten known species under the genus Robinia, including the...

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