Shade Tree Comes Through ... With Shade Tree for Library

So long, sweet gum


The Abington Shade Tree Commission recently helped the Abington Free Library with the removal of a dangerous sweet gum tree from the library parking lot.

Abington Free Library Executive Director Nancy Hammeke Marshall and building manager Rick Guyton reached out to the Abington Shade Tree Commission. The commission then partnered with Laurel Hill Gardens, a Germantown, Philadelphia-based landscaping firm -- which donated the labor for the tree’s removal, materials and another tree.

Laurel Hill Gardens President and horticulturalist Joseph Ascenzi chose a Zelkova serrate, commonly known as a “green vase,” as the sweet gum’s replacement. The hardy, low-maintenance tree is aesthetically appealing and will provide shade.


Information courtesy of Karen Burnham


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