A Columnar Oak With Marcescence In Our Neighborhood
It is sure feeling like Spring around these parts. But, this columnar Oak tree that I came across on a walk sure isn't in the mood to bud out. It is still clinging to it's Fall leaves. This is a parkway tree, so it was planted by the forestry or arborist division of the Village of Downers Grove public works department as part of their parkway tree program. I mentioned/covered the species that they have available in this post about our own parkway tree at the very end of 2019 and sure enough...one of the Spring-planted trees are Oaks. They list them as (various species) in their handout.
Might be a Columnar English Oak? This Monrovia listing shows it down to Zone 5.
This is a lovely parkway tree and the marcescence adds some drama to the curbside that's for sure. I've covered the concept of marcescence (trees like this one retaining leaves through all of/part of Winter) on the blog. And we see it with our own Oak trees and the row of Frans Fontaine Hornbeams. For screening, this certainly is a nice feature, right? I suppose, we need to think about columnar Oaks again, eh?