In October 2013, a group of Connecticut Botanical Society folks met at the Waxman Conifer Collection at the UConn Storrs Campus, located at the corner of Rte. 195 and East Road. The collection, adjoining the UConn Research Farm is the result of years of work by the late Dr. Sidney Waxman who collected many witch’s brooms from which he developed a number of small statured plants (dwarf conifers) popular in today’s nursery trade. Behind the small 18th century farmhouse where the Waxman family lived are numerous mature trees including a Veitch fir (Abies veitchii), Cinnamon flake maple (Acer griseum ‘Cinnamon Flake’), several Japanese umbrella pines (Sciadopitys verticillata), and a weeping larch ( Larix decidua ‘Varied Directions’). Ed Richardson a member of both the CT Botanical Society and the Notable Trees Project was on hand to point out a large Miyabe Maple, (Acer miyabei). On this day Ed measured the tree which he then verified as a CT Champion Notable Tree.
Notable Trees are identified by the Notable Trees Project, established in 1985, the Project it is made up of a group of knowledgeable volunteers who collect and distribute information about Connecticut’s largest and most historic trees, both native and introduced. Sponsored by the Connecticut Botanical Society, The Connecticut College Arboretum, and the Connecticut Urban Forest Council, members work to educate folks about the importance of our state’s natural heritage.
The Connecticut College Arboretum maintains a computer database that includes records of over three thousand individual ‘Notable Trees’ in the state. The champion tree lists are derived from this database which records tree size, location, ownership, and condition. The website list the Notable Trees by scientific and common name as well as National Champions, their tree lists include: Species for a Town, Full List by Town, Full List by Species, Biggest Trees, Tallest Trees and Largest-Trunked Trees.
The Miyable Maple is little-known species from Hokkaido in northern Japan. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-7 is considered an outstanding maple known for its durability, adaptability, and multiple seasons of interest. This beautiful maple grows to 20-25′ tall to 15-20′ wide in 15 years, and matures to 40-50′ tall and 30-35′ wide. It is a uniform growing tree more densely branched than most maples, making it an excellent shade tree.
To see more about Connecticut’s Notable Trees visit: http://oak.conncoll.edu:8080/notabletrees/index.jsp