Tuesday, August 23, 2016

one in a million

Remember Bette Midler’s Million Tree project 
we reported back in April?

I met one of her protégé’s in Brook Park the other day,
 at 141st and Brook Avenue.

It’s a Hornbeam.

These trees are well suited to harsh urban living. 
First, it’s ideal for our frost zone and it will grow in
 almost any soil.

Second, the wood is hard and very pest and disease
resistant. Early settlers made bowls and implements from
this tough wood.

The leaf is elongated and pointed and with teeth along the edges.
 It turns yellow/orange in Fall.

In Spring it produces a hanging fruit city birds and
squirrels will feast on.

They say planting a tree is the ultimate act of faith in a better future.

Good luck, little guy.


  1. AnonymousJune 18, 2014

    Great story, love happy endings.

  2. Thank you. I think Bette Midler deserves enormous credit.