Tree Mob™! Pinus ponderosa: Icon of the West

by Pam Thompson, Manager of Adult Education
October 15, 2015

ponderosa pine

Tree Mob™! Pinus ponderosa: Icon of the West

Charles Sargent’s favorite pine was Pinus ponderosa. As he described it in the Silva of North America, it is “an emblem of strength, it appears as enduring as the rocks, above which it raises its noble shafts and stately crowns.” His good friend John Muir begged to differ.

Ponderosa pine is the most widely distributed pine species in North America. It thrives throughout the western United States and has five regionally based subspecies adapted to divergent growing conditions. Over the eons, fire has been essential part of the ponderosa forest life. Of the 18 trees planted at the Arnold Arboretum, the oldest was accessioned in 1902. Meet at this tree (Acc. # 16547*E) on Monday, October 19 at 3:00pm with mob leader Maggie Redfern, Assistant Director, Connecticut College Arboretum.

Parking: Park on Bussey Street. Enter the Arboretum through the Peters Hill Gate. Walk along Peters Hill Road to the right, following the Tree Mob signs.
Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit at the upper level of the station. Cross South Street and turn left to enter through the Washington Street Gate to Blackwell Foot Path. Follow the path to South Street. Cross South Street and re-enter the Arboretum. Turn left at the intersection onto Hemlock Hill Road. Cross Bussey Street to the Peters Hill Gate and follow directions above. Allow 20 minutes. Or take Bus #38 Wren Street from Forest Hills to Centre/Weld stop. Walk north/inbound to Walter Street. Take Walter Street to Bussey Street to the Peters Hill Gate.

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