Controversial Mulberry Tree Propped-up

| October 16, 2013 | 1 Comment

This image of sandbags propping up an aged mulberry tree in Buddy Attick Park prompted an assortment of reactions from Greenbelters – from treehuggers ready to do anything to save it to others dismissing it as an invasive tree whose time had passed, anyway.   And I wish I could find the original article about it and the letter to the editor prompted by it in the Greenbelt News Review but its search function failed me.

If memory serves, the tree had been misidentified when this propping-up action was taken and the assessment was made that it would cost over $1,000 to save it.  Now that we know it’s considered a weed tree, do we love it any less?

According to Brian Townsend’s posts to the Greenbelters Facebook Group, this red mulberry is on the City’s Significant Tree Tour and a piece of Greenbelt’s history.

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Susan Harris has been writing online since 2005 - about gardening. (E.g., Garden Rant, Lawn Reform Coalition, and Behnkes Nursery.) In 2012 she started this community blog for and about her adopted hometown. She also created and curates the Greenbelt Maryland Youtube Channel and does digital promotion for several Greenbelt organizations.

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  1. Susan Stewart says:

    Hi. I wish we knew what kind of tree it is exactly. This is an article explaining the problems with the chinese white mulberry tree: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/indiana/journeywithnature/white-mulberry.xml. The article focuses on Indiana, but we face the same issue here in Maryland.

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