[NAFEX] Trees in city
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Mon Sep 25 16:47:59 EDT 2006
At one time, the streets of Salem, Oregon were lined with English
Walnut trees. As a child I often gathered buckets of them to dry so
that we could send them to eastern relatives who had none. On October
12, 1962 a freak hurricane took out virtually all the trees, and in 44
years none have been replanted. No one knows what to do with them, or
It's sad, but fruit or nuts as street trees are ignored by the public.
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On Sep 25, 2006, at 12:58 PM, John McCuan wrote:
A number of years ago I was in Leipzig, Germany (in the former East
Germany). Along one street some huge trees (18-24 inches in diameter)
were dropping little red drupes all over the sidewalk, street, etc.
Initially I didn't know what they were, but ventured a taste and they
were delicious! I at last guessed they were mulberries.
Unfortunately, the trees were so tall it was impossible to pick the
fruit without a tall ladder, and since the dropped fruit fell on the
sidewalks and streets it got trodden under feet and wheels. I never
saw anyone pick any.
Right now, however, the region is fairly prosperous, and people can
buy food at the market. During the socialist regime, however, food was
in shorter supply and I expect the mulberries were consumed then.
There is a long tradition of urban gardens in Germany (Scheber gardens)
and under the GDR those gardens were a significant source of fresh
vegetables for urban dwellers.
Also, during WW II England relied heavily on rose hips as a source of
Vitamin C. Urban landscapers (and suburban, too) could view fruit
plantings as a sort of "insurance policy" for a source of nutrients in
case shortages did arise, though of course it would be best if the
fruit were continually appreciated and consumed.
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