Wyatt and Bridger Feuz and Hudson Hill didn’t plan to write about trees when they visited an abandoned arbor in Cheyenne, but that’s just what happened. The Horticultural field station hadn’t pruned any of its trees since the 1950s, and the educators were surprised to see many thriving. So they wrote “Scrappy Trees: Raw and Exposed.”
Hill says two of the nineteen trees they documented in particular caught his eye. “You know the Russian hawthorn and the Tartarian maple, both struck me that day as trees that fill a void that we really need here in Wyoming. The Russian hawthorn should grow where the Russian olive does and it’s not invasive, and the Tartarian maple is just a gorgeous tree,” Hill added.
The publication includes full color photographs as well as information about each tree. “Scrappy Trees” is available as a free download from the UW extension site: http://www.uwyo.edu/ces/.