Trees on the Yale Nature Walk

Tree ID: 9
Date of tree entry: February 5, 2014
The horse chestnut is a shade and ornamental tree with an upright elliptical shape. It is native to southeast Europe (particularly the Pindus mountains mixed forests and the Balkan mixed forests of the Balkan peninsula), but it was introduced into other parts of Europe as well as North America. The horse chestnut is easily grown from seed and tolerates city life well, which is why it is often planted along streets (Little 1980; "Herbs at a Glance", 2008). This particular horse chestnut is the gateway to the Marsh Botanical Gardens, which is just down the hill from this tree. It has a lovely view of sunset through the many other beautiful trees in the area.
Tree ID: 16
Date of tree entry: April 11, 2014
This grand copper beech commands an expansive view from its perch on the easterly slopes of Prospect Hill, near the intersection of Edwards and Prospect. Sitting upslope from Farnam Gardens' urban meadow, beside Yale's planetarium, and overlooking the Yale Sustainable Food Project's farm (and brick pizza oven!) you can glimpse the farthest reaches of New Haven: the towers of the Bella Vista housing project to the east and the industrial area beside Long Island Sound to the south-east. The long history of cultivation of the beech has resulted in trees with a variety of leaf colors. This one is 'Atropurpurea' and has dark purple leaves.