Speaking for the Trees of New Hampshire Ave.

DC’s street trees help absorb carbon, improve air and water quality, provide shadereduce air conditioning costs, block winter winds and can reduce heating costs, and, some argue, offer psychological and aesthetic benefits as well. More than a third of DC is covered by tree canopy, including about 145,000 street trees. Here are a few that I’m lucky to see every day, from just one short stretch of New Hampshire Avenue between Q and R Streets NW. 

A Block Changes with the Seasons

Photos I took from the same vantage point show just how much the canopy covering New Hampshire Avenue changes over the course of several weeks.

Elm, oak, and hackberry trees form most of the canopy on this part of New Hampshire Ave.  November 2, 2019
November 17, 2019
November 24, 2019
January 13, 2019

Seeing the Trees for the Forest

The canopy as a whole is impressive, but it’s also worth taking the time to appreciate the beauty of each neighborhood tree.

A pin oak tree at New Hampshire and Corcoran, November 24, 2019
A Japanese maple tree outside the Phi Beta Kappa Society, New Hampshire and Q, November 29, 2019
New Hampshire and R, February 6, 2010
Weeping cherry tree, New Hampshire and R, April 1, 2019
Cherry tree, New Hampshire and R, April 8,2019

To learn more about the specific trees in your neighborhood, check out the DC Urban Forestry Administration’s D.C. Street Trees Map.

All photos are copyrighted to Angela Napili.

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