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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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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