Today at work, Bob told me that I ought to know and understand the different types of trees, and what types of diseases they develop that requires us to cut them down and remove them, as well as learn to use even more tools. In this post I will go into the different types of trees, then the diseases, then the equipment I learned how to use in the process.
The Sugar Maple
The Sugar Maple is the most common tree in Michigan at this current time. It can easily be identified by its leaves, which are shaped like the leaf on the Canadian flag. They can grow to be over 140 feet tall, and if healthy, can live to be over 400 years old. It is used to produce many things, as well as maple syrup. The Mohegans even used the bark as a cough remedy. I’ll have to try that sometime. There are also many other types of maples that grow around this part of America as well, including:
The Red Maple
The Red Maple is the second most common tree in Michigan, and its leaves are the same as the sugar maple, but are a brilliant red color. They usually grow to be over 80 feet tall, and as a matter of fact, the tallest known red maple tree is located in Armada, Michigan, and measures in at about 125 feet.
The White Cedar
The white cedar can also be found all throughout Michigan. It has scaly leaves, and they normally grow to be over 60 feet tall, with a reddish-brown bark that peels into strips. Its cones and leaves are a hassle to deal with in the fall, so we get a lot of clients who want us to just take them down. The white cedar is considered a medicinal tree among Ojibwe culture, its leaves are rich in vitamin c and are believed to have been used to cure the scurvy of Jaques Cartier. Its leaves also contain thujone, which can be harmful if used for prolonged periods of time. Its essential oils are used to manufacture various cleaning products, soaps, disinfectants, air sprays, pesticides, and much more.
The Red Pine
The red pine tree is a tall coniferous evergreen that can grow as much as 150 feet high. Its leaves are needle-like in appearance. They can also live to be very old; up to 500 years. Their lumber is very desirable as well, it is used to make paper pulp. They are also used in landscaping.
The Quaking Aspen
Also known as the trembling aspen, quakies, trembling poplar, and many other names, is the fifth most common tree in Michigan at the time. Its called so because it appears as though it is trembling due to its flexible petioles, which is the piece that connects the leaf to the stem. They grow to be quite tall, up to over 80 feet, and grow quite fast, too. They also have a smooth greenish-gray bark. This has been my summary on the top five trees most common in Michigan that we work on. Hope you liked the article. Follow the blog for more information on arbors. Follow this blog to learn more on arbors.