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Thread: WTC Memorial - by Michael Arad (Architect) and Peter Walker (Landscape)

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    Yes Callery Pears burst forth in bloom all over town today.

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    Seeing that one pear tree makes me sad that the site is a monoculture of swamp oaks, which don't flower or have colorful fall foliage. I wish they had mixed it up with some more flowering trees and trees with interesting foliage. Littleleaf Lindens, male Ginkgos, etc.

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    Swamp White Oaks have very colorful fall foliage


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    I think it would have been a mistake to try to replicate nature at the memorial plaza. It's a formal site. The monocolor is a good choice.

    The same thinking went into the design of the Central Park mall. All American Elm. A formal space leading to the more natural Lake and Ramble.

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    Yes, I agree Zippy. What they did is fitting to the site.

    Also, swamp white oak may actually be tough enough to survive in New York.

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    ^ Very nice photo.

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    GB (or anyone else in NYC), have the leaves started to return to the other similar-sized trees (to the swamp white oaks) in the area around the WTC like Battery Park City? I thought for sure that they leaves would have at least begun to return by now.

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    So nice to see the trees blossoming there once again!

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    There weren't many leaves around last week as I got around the nabe. Everything will break in the next week or two. I was at bowling green Monday, and you could tell everything was about to pop.

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    Flowers come before the leaves. But all around the city today leaf buds are starting to burst forth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RKOwens44 View Post
    GB (or anyone else in NYC), have the leaves started to return to the other similar-sized trees (to the swamp white oaks) in the area around the WTC like Battery Park City? I thought for sure that they leaves would have at least begun to return by now.
    Fruit trees - cherry, pear, crab apple have all flowered, and leaves are appearing.

    Ash trees are beginning to leaf, Lindens a little less.

    Oaks (mostly Red Oak in the area) are usually among the last. Just buds now.

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    North Pool with a bit of water today, looking reflective ...

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