And so it’s time for what’s bound to become our annual Arbor Day visit to the Philly Tree Map.
Yes, for the hundredth time, Arbor Day is an actual thing. Since 1872, we’ve had a day set aside just to plant and water trees. And it happens to be today.
But more importantly, we now have this interactive map of trees all over town, with species, measurements and locations sent in from whoever cares to help out.
The map now includes records for 178,143 trees, including 3,439 red maples, 2236 Norway maples, 2,058 sugar maples, 1,803 northern read oaks and one (count ‘em 1) autumn olive tree.
You can look up trees according to species or location. Want to find that autumn olive tree? Click here, and it points you to 1225 Farview Rd. – though with 178,143 trees showing up on the map in microscopic-dot form, clicking on one in particular can sometimes be a shot in the dark.
All you care about are the red maples? Here they are. Just want to look at Rittenhouse Square? You’re welcome. (There being no street addresses inside the park, the trees are identified around it rather than in it.)
Information about some trees around town is still being gathered, though, including the species, height and trunk width. But the databank continues growing.
Click here for the map and check what kind of tree is planted next to your house. Because isn’t that what Arbor Day is all about? Sitting indoors, going online and looking at something right outside your house?