KTS Speaking at Harvest Roast!

Looking for something fun to do on Sunday? The DuPage Friends of Extension is hosting their annual Harvest Roast on Sunday, October 6th at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. Activities include a Pig Roast, Quilt Display, French Market and a variety of children’s activities. In addition, Kramer Tree Specialists Master Arborists, Harold Hoover and […]

Tree of the Week – White Oak (Quercus alba)

The White Oak tree is an outstanding, native tree with a natural range that spreads across eastern North America and into southern Ontario and Quebec, Canada. The White Oak is hardy in USDA Zones 3 through 9. It’s a long living tree with some specimens documented to exceed 450 years old. Although called the “White […]

Tree of the Week – Persian Parrotia (Parrotia persica)

The Persian Parrotia is a slow growing, usually a low branched multi-stemmed small specimen tree. However, it can also be found in the single stem form. The Persian Parrotia has beautiful bark that starts as a smooth gray-brown color, but transforms itself as the tree ages. Attractive exfoliating bark patches reveal pale grays, silver, tans […]

Tree of the Week – Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica)

The Black Gum tree is a beautiful, stately, slow to medium growing tree, typically with a straight trunk and rounded crown, although it has a more pyramidal shape in youth. Starting in early autumn (often in August), the Black Gum tree begins a stunning “knock your socks off” fall color show. The Technicolor colors morph […]

Tree of the Week – Freeman Maple (Acer x freemanii)

The Freeman Maple is a hybrid tree that will naturally grow in a forest setting. It is a cross between the Red Maple (Acer rubrum) and the Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum). Plant propagators selected the best qualities of both parent trees to create the “freemanii” hybrid. The selected Freeman Maple hybrids have the rapid growth […]

Tree of the Week – Paper or White Birch (Betula papyrifera)

The Paper or White Birch tree is considered to be one of the most attractive tree species in North America. Its’ handsome summer and fall foliage, graceful form and showy white bark keep this Birch species in demand for landscaping applications. Paper Birch was once used by northern Native Americans to build canoes and is […]

Tree of the Week – Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

Ponderosa Pine is an evergreen tree whose name and form evokes images of mountains in the Far West and wide open spaces in the Great Plains. However, it is also native to many southwestern states plus Mexico and even Canada’s western provinces.  In the United States alone, it is native to more than 35% of […]

Tree of the Week – CONCOLOR FIR (Abies concolor)

Known as one of the most beautiful of the Firs, the Concolor or White Fir has multiple uses in the Midwest. It is frequently grown as a Christmas tree, due to its’ elegant symmetrical form, layered branching pattern and upward swept needles, which give it a manicured appearance. Needle color can range from powdery silver-blue […]

Tree of the Week – Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

The Hackberry is a large tree, similar to the Elm and grows 50 to 60 feet tall. Because of its’ vase-shape and rounded crown, the Hackberry makes an excellent ornamental tree for both street and landscape use. It’s often used as a shade tree in urban environments due to its size and stress tolerance. The […]