WILD NEW JERSEY: East Brunswick Patch: The Great Oak Park Arboretum: The A-B-C's of the Trees
East Brunswick Patch: The Great Oak Park Arboretum: The A-B-C's of the Trees
An awesome weeping beech with its great natural seat. Photo Credit: Dave Moskowitz
From East Brunswick Patch: "I suspect that very few people in town know that Great Oak Park has a special and wonderful botanical secret. The giant oak tree that is it's namesake is obviously it's most prominent feature. But did you know that all of the other trees in the park are a botanical alphabet? Every living thing on earth has a scientific name made-up of two parts; the Genus and the species. So, the great oak tree is known as Quercus (the Genus) rubra (the species), or Red oak. At Great Oak Park, all of the plantings were designed by our township Landscape Architect, Steve Gottlieb, to span the alphabet. There are maples (Acer), birches (Betula), dogwoods (Cornus), holly (Ilex), sweet gum (Liquidambar), Basswood (Tilia) and all the way to Zelkova."