Tree Inspection and Identification at Wanlass Park


A flowering Western redbud.

It’s that time of year again, when trees bud and new leaves grow. As the end of the school year quickly approaches, this new growth is a reminder of the new experiences to come for our students, many of whom will be participating in summer opportunities or heading off to college come fall. When Richmond High’s Earth Team interns visited Wanlass Park at the end of March, they saw first hand how beautiful trees can be in the spring.


A saucer magnolia in full bloom.

To reach our goal of planting 60 trees this school year, our planting team still has a few more days of work to go to get 14 more trees in the ground. Soon the weather will begin to warm up, which will make planting a bit more challenging as the ground hardens up.

At Wanlass, our interns have planted a variety of species, providing a beautiful and interesting aesthetic to the park. Many of these trees are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves in the winter and regrow in the spring. Some deciduous trees, such as the Western redbud and saucer magnolia, will produce flowers during this period and can be absolutely stunning to look at.  Other deciduous trees don’t get such magnificent flowers and instead have a more subtle regrowth of leaves (such as the blue oak or red maple).

On the other hand, several of species at Wanlass Park are evergreen, which means that they keep their green leaves all year round. Coast live oaks and deodara cedars are two examples of evergreen trees that the interns have planted. These types of trees retain more of the nutrients located in their leaves and have extra protection against damage from winter weather.

The team looks forward to seeing their trees continue to grow and thrive, just as we hope that all our interns will do as well!



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