An Urban Tree Care Conference
January 30th & 31st, 2020

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There’s a tree growing out of this tree!

How can it be?

This photo was taken (credit, Gilbert Armijo, City of Albuquerque DMD) at the Holiday Park/Community Center in Albuquerque. It is known as a “sport,” or “witches broom” and is defined by ISA as the “abnormal development of multiple secondary shoots, forming a broomlike effect”. Sports are caused by a hormone, stimulated by infection, which crosses the wires regulating the number of shoots grown on a single branch. The infection can stem from a number of factors, including fungi, insects, mistletoe, mites, viruses, and bacteria.

So, it’s not actually a tree growing out of another tree. This particular honey locust sport is reported to be dead, and should be removed in the near future. There are rumors, however (for all you fans of the Alien movies), of a young Siberian elm sprouting from a damaged catalpa limb at Valley Park in Albuquerque. Proceed with caution.

Parr Orchard Project - Taos, NM

Taos celebrated Arbor Day 2015 by transforming an asphalt parking lot into a thriving orchard at Parr Elementary School. The project was energized with strong community involvement, with leadership from Ben Wright and the Taos Heartwood Coalition and support from numerous local businesses and organizations, Taos Schools, and the Town of Taos. Volunteers planted 25 fruit trees, 13 pollinator shrubs, 10 clusters of Taos Gold Apricots, and cover crop, and installed a drip irrigation system. The NM State Forestry Releaf Grant and the Los Jardineros Grant provided financial backing for the project. The Orchard will be an important part of the schools’ curriculum, involving students in pruning and maintenance, and providing valuable hands-on ecological learning opportunities and stewardship experiences. Congratulations to everyone who made this exciting project possible! We can’t wait to see how the orchard grows.

Photos Courtesy of Ben Wright. For all photos please continuing reading.

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