The favorite Chinese Elm of Hannah in Summer 2015

Name(s)

> Hannah

Tree species 

> Chinese Elm

Location

 > My front yard

Narrative

My tree is an Ulmus parvifolia, most commonly known as the lacebark elm or Chinese elm. My tree is located in front of my house. The Chinese elm is native to China, India, Taiwan, North Korea, and Vietnam. It is a deciduous tree, which means it loses its leaves in the winter. This specific tree has a height of 17 feet and a diameter of around 5 inches. The bark is a medium brown with small, thin, copper ridges all along the trunk and branches of the tree. This lacebark elm is around 5 years old and it was planted when our house was built. The leaves are compound with 6 alternate leaflets per individual leaf. The leaves are dark green with jagged edges and they feel like leather. At the beginning of each leaflet there is a dark brown, pointed, bud-like thing. There are three main boughs. The foliage is in a cone shape and the trunk is thin and cylindrical. This tree reminds me of a tree we had at my old house. I remember playing under it and relaxing in its shade after a long couple of hours playing. I also like to look at it. In the spring, it is a beautiful light green and it makes me happy. In the fall, its leaves turn beautiful shades of yellow and orange and are very calming. In the summer the leaves turn a dark green. The tree provides shade in the summer. This is especially nice when my mom and I are planting new flowers in the front pots and the garden bed behind the tree. I like standing under it when I play Frisbee or toss around my softball in the spring and summer. It makes me think of the Cat in the Hat. He always did these random things and you never know whom you'll find under the tree when I have family or friends over. Storm water interception is important because my house is on a hill. Whenever it rains, the ground in front of our house gets really wet. The runoff is caught by the Ulmus parvifolia. If we didn't have this tree, our basement would probably flood. The other thing that I think is important is the amount of sulfur dioxide taken in by the stems and leaves of this tree. Sulfur dioxide is released into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels such as, natural gases, coal, and gasoline. My house is powered by natural gas. This tree is important to both the environment and my family.

Rainwater interception (gallons)

= 840

Energy conservation (kWh)

= 15

CO2 reduction (pounds)

= 158

Overall annual benefits ($)

= 84

 

Photography

  1. The favorite Chinese Elm of Hannah in Summer 2015