10 Big Trees to Appreciate Around the Metro

The Japanese have prolonged acknowledged the benefits of communing with trees. They have an expression for it, shinrin-yoku, meaning “forest bathing.” In Minnesota, we have lots of general public forests properly-suited to the follow, specifically in the state’s northland

But the Twin Towns correct hold some outstanding specimens, much too, such as a handful of state champs, according to Amelie Hyams, who curates the state’s Significant Tree Registry as an outreach specialist for forestry with the Section of All-natural Assets.

Some of these specimens are monumental, three hundred-12 months-previous trees. So if you could use a dose of pure awe and a perception of prolonged-expression perspective—and who couldn’t these times?—here are ten metropolis (and suburban) trees you should really check out. 

Eastern white pine 

What is the tallest tree in Minneapolis? That information level is shockingly tough to nail down. But a dandy candidate exists in the yard of a south Minneapolis residence on the 4900 block of Girard Avenue. (You can simply admire it from the sidewalk.) With an estimated peak of a hundred and fifteen toes, it stands taller than the state winner white pine, but ranks a bit reduce, thanks to a more compact crown distribute. 4917 Girard Ave. S., Mpls. Coordinates: forty four.91362, -ninety three.29711

Bur oak 

Found on the western shore of Wirth Lake, in Theodore Wirth Park, this roughly three hundred-12 months-previous oak survived some critical injury from the 2011 twister. But the Rockwood Oak (named in honor of a former park board legal professional) proved to be a survivor. The massive, battered beast shows its age on its trunk, which is coated with carbuncle-like growths known as burls. Theodore Wirth Park, 1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy., Mpls. Coordinates: forty four.98009, -ninety three.32739


Roseville’s Reservoir Woods Park is residence to the state’s most significant butternut: Its waistline actions more than seventeen toes! This winner shade tree acquired on the Significant Tree Registry following a group of fifth graders submitted a nomination again in 2004. (Though which is a blink of the eye in tree time, those young children are grown ups now.) Glance to the east of the St. Paul Regional Water Facility, above the bicycle path. Reservoir Woods Park, 1901 Alta Vista Dr., Roseville

American basswood

Minnesota’s state winner basswood hangs more than a sloping hillside in Northeast Minneapolis’s Windom Park. Found just southwest of the park developing, it has been honored as a “heritage tree” by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. This tree is positioned about one hundred toes southwest of the park developing, on a sloping hill. Windom Park, 2251 NE Hayes St., Mpls. Coordinates: 45.01249, -ninety three.23603

American elm

The devastation wrought by the arrival of Dutch elm condition might make you believe all the elms are absent. But some hardy specimens have endured. A specifically outstanding survivor—and reigning state champ—occupies the entrance garden of 3533 Pleasant Avenue South in south Minneapolis. Coordinates: forty four.938575, -ninety three.282619

Eastern hemlock

Minneapolis’s Theodore Wirth Park is residence to some of the metro’s most outstanding trees, such as a state co-winner eastern hemlock. Seventy-5 toes tall, with a circumference of 87 inches, this giant joins a mini grove of 6 hemlocks just south of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Yard. 1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy., Mpls. Coordinates: forty four.973589, -ninety three.31977

Box elder

Some of the Twin Cities’ most notable trees occupy less-than-bucolic configurations. Scenario in level: The 50-foot-tall box elder that erupts out of a slender band of grass on the northern edge of a University of Minnesota parking whole lot at the intersection of Como Avenue and 29th Avenue Southeast in Minneapolis. It’s a state champ! Coordinates: forty four.98778, -ninety three.211944

Northern catalpa

With great leaves, lovely white spring flowers, and a very irregular form, catalpas proved common in the early twentieth century—before slipping out of model. Check out this huge specimen—69 toes tall with a fifty six-foot canopy span—located in the entrance garden of a non-public residence in Marcy-Holmes, at 714 Southeast fifth Avenue. Coordinates: forty four.985324, -ninety three.243842

River birch

In nature, this tree seems exclusively in floodplains. But, more and more, this quick-developing and handsome tree has been planted in boulevards and parks. The metro holds both of those the state’s co-winner river birches, such as a 78-foot specimen positioned in North St. Paul’s Tower Park (at North 2nd Avenue and 14th Avenue East). The other massive birch sits on the boulevard in entrance of 1960 Margaret Avenue, on the east facet of St. Paul. Tower Park (2nd Avenue N./14th Ave. E., Mpls.) 1960 Margaret St., St. Paul

Eastern cottonwood

The mighty cottonwood is lord of the river bottoms, specifically in the vicinity of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. But it also sprouts up in less envisioned realms. An brilliant example of that: a specimen with a huge 23-foot circumference that sits in entrance of a non-public residence in the 3900 block of North 6th Avenue in north Minneapolis, a hardscrabble residential road that abuts I-ninety four. 3919 N. 6th St., Mpls. Coordinates: 45.02648, -ninety three.28671