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Welcome To The 150th Planting Project

Led by an incredible group of volunteers, this monumental project began in May of 2021 and was finished on April 23, 2022. The 11 trees planted for this project support wildlife, produce oxygen, and reduce air pollution by 20%. The Legacy Trees provide shade for the church and reduce cooling costs, while the Ornamental Trees provide unique beauty in all seasons.

White Oak

Quercus alba
  • The White Oak is one of the slowest growing and longest living oak trees.
  • This tree has an important history in NJ: when George Washington travelled through the state, he held a meeting under a White Oak. 
  • This tree expands out at it grows, welcoming in all the animals and people who pass by it.
  • Squirrels, birds, and other animals will be able to use this tree as a home once it grows to full size, which is around 60 - 80 ft.

Autumn Flowering Cherry

Prunus × subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
  • The plant flowers in both Spring in and Autumn with gorgeous pink leaves. 

  • It grows between 20 and 30 feet.

  • This tree is excellent for attracting pollinators.

  • This plant is produces small cherries that birds will use to eat before winter starts. 

 

Prunus serrulata 'Kanzan'

Kwanzan Japanese Flowering Cherry

  • This is the same type of Cherry tree that appears in Washington DC.

  • It grows between 3 and 30 feet tall.

  • It was first cultivated during the Edo period (1603- 1868) in Japan.

  • It is notable for the beautiful pink color of the the flowing petals that bloom in late April.

 

Yoshino Flowering Cherry

Prunus × yedoensis
  • The Yoshino Flowering Cherry is one of the most common cherry trees in the world.

  • This tree can grow up to 20-40 feet tall at full size.

  • The original Yoshino Flowering Cherry in this site died and was replaced by this one in March.

  • This tree’s flowers are notable for being a pale pink color and very fragrant.

  • In the fall, this tree turns to a shade of orange-brown.

Pepperidge or Black Gum

Nyssa sylvatica
  • The Black Gum, also known as the Pepperidge tree, is the official tree of Cranford.

  • At full size, this tree can grow up to over 50 feet tall.

  • This tree’s branches extend at right angles from its trunk.

  • This tree is the the last tree to grow leaves in the spring, but the first to lose them in the fall.

Eastern Redbud

Cercis canadensis
  • This tree grows beautiful pink buds directly on the stems of its branches.

  • They blossom in early spring, and turn bright yellow in Autumn.

  • The early blooming from this tree attracts nectar seeking insects like butterflies.

  • When it grows to full size, at 20 - 30 ft., it will provide beautiful foliage for the Trinity Episcopal Day School Playground.

Northern Red Oak

Quercus rubra
  • As the state tree of NJ, this tree is a symbol of pride for the state.

  • It has unique, pointed leaves that turn vibrant red in Autumn.

  • When it grows to full size (~70 ft.), it will shield the church from the sun and reduce cooling costs.

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

Amelanchier x grandiflora
  • The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is a tree that grows fruits that are edible for humans and birds. 

  • In the spring, this tree grows clusters of beautiful white       flowers. 

  • George Washington planted this tree at his estate in Mount Vernon!

  • The tree has beautiful blue and green leaves.

  • Native Americans enjoyed eating berries off this tree.

  • The flowers that grow off this tree are beneficial to insects.

Okame Flowering Cherry

Prunus x incam
  • The Okame Flowering cherry tree matures to be 15-30 ft tall.​

  • The tree was a gift from Japan to Washington DC.

  • The tree blooms fragrant pink flowers in early spring.

  • This tree lasts longer than other flowering cherry trees.

Tulip Poplar

Liriodendron tulipifera

  •  Tulip Poplars are native to North America.

  • These fast-growing trees grow straight up like an arrow, and can reach heights of more than 100 feet, making them the tallest Eastern Hardwoods.

  • When fully grown, this tree will provide ample shade for the playground.

  • Tulip poplars produce spring flowers that look like tulips, and golden yellow leaves in Autumn.

Swamp White Oak

Quercus bicolor
  • Approximately 200 years old, this Swamp White Oak is among the oldest in the state of NJ.
  • It towers at 93 ft. tall with a 124 in. circumference.
  • It stands outside the Trinity Episcopal Day School entrance and welcomes all students and parents who enter under its massive branches.
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Rich and Sarah 
Brandon and Tristan 
Tom K. 
John and Sophie B.
Leo/Kristen/Ryan & Erin S. 
John W. 
Eric/Justin & Max B. 
Rich and Katy P. 

 

Helen
Bob V.
Tom C.
Dave & Sarah B.
Billy, Holy & Jacob H.
Linda K.
Fr. Andy
Jim and Anthony L.
John Z.

The Volunteers

This project would not have been possible without the countless hours given by these incredible volunteers.

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