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Phalen Boulevard Research Plot

 IMG_2388-1.JPG Urban Tree Research Plot

The Saint Paul Forestry Unit and the University of Minnesota Horticultural Sciences Department have created a partnership to test tree establishment and survival rates in the brownfield site at the southwest corner of Phalen Boulevard and Payne Avenue with a variety of trees including:
  • Commendation elm
  • Danada Charm elm
  • Sensation boxelder
  • Regal Prince hybrid oak
  • Showy mountain ash
  • Prairie Dream paper birch
  • Prairie Horizon Manchurian alder
  • catalpa
  • Northern Acclaim honeylocust

The first trees were planted fall 2010 with additional trees slated to be planted fall 2011.  Do not be suprised to see work happening on the site multiple times throughout the growing season.  We will continue to try new tree varieties as we look to further diversify our boulevard and park tree stocks.  Follow Chad Giblin's research blog at for all the details of his research and findings from the Phalen Brownfield.


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