FRIENDS OF JAMAICA POND

36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030

Gerry Wright, Founder and President

Telephone: 617-524-7070

Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com

TTY/MA RELAY 800-439-2370

www.FriendsOfJamaicaPond.org

Friends of Jamaica Pond

History and Annual Park Keeper Award

Frederick Law Olmsted a one-man play by Gerry Wright

Nature's Class Room: Environmental Education Projects

Environmental Research Projects

Forestry Protection Projects

Emerald Necklace Bird Club

Volunteer Stewardship Program

Calendar and Meetings and Press

Memberships and Donations

Links and Resources

Contact and Email Info

 
"Let it be not for present use and delight alone, but let it be of such a work that our descendents will thank us for it."
Frederick Law Olmsted

Nature's
Class Room:

Environmental
Education
Projects

Jamaica Pond's Albino Gray Squirrel

Eastern Chipmunk


Cottontail Rabbits

Great Horned Owls

Red Tailed Hawks


Butterflies and Dragonflies

Emerald Necklace Wildflowers

Pink Lady's Slipper

Great Blue Herons

Emerald Necklace Fungi (Coming Soon)

Boston's Emerald Necklace Jamaica Pond

Trees

Oaks: These trees are found in large numbers in the parks.  The three most common species are:

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Pin Oak, Red Oak, White Oak

Maples: Important part of hardwood deciduous forests.  Provide timber, maple sugar and oxygen to breath!


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Red Maple, Silver Maple, Sugar Maple

Birches: Pioneer trees for new forest and used to control erosion.


Conifers: Ever Greens

  • Eastern White Pine - White pines were used as ship masts, including on Old Ironsides.  The seizure of the tall old growth white pines by the British was one of the colonialists’ complaints that lead up to the revolution. Size: Up to180 feet, some are dated 250-500 years old. Needles: 2.5 to 5 inches long, five blue-green needles per fascicle. Cones: 4 to 8 inches long remain attached for several months after ripening in the fall. Bark: green-brown smooth and thin on young trees; gray and fissured on old trees. 
  • Red Pine - Size: 65-115 feet straight growth, ages up to 500 years.  Usually no limbs for much of bottom half of trunk. Needles: 4.5 to 7 inches long, two blue-green needles per fascicle. Cones: 1.5-2.5 symetrical blue-brown with out prickles. Bark: gray at bottom, flaked and red from middle to top.
  • Pitch Pine - Size: short and poorly formed on poor and coastal sandy sites, straight and 80 feet tall on better sites.  Needles: 2.5 to 5 inches long, three twisted yellow-green needles per fascicle. Cones: brown ovoid, 2-4 inches long; armed with a short, stout prickle; persistent for many years; maturing in fall and open after a fire.  Bark: Dark and scaly when young, developing red-brown or yellow-brown thick flat plates. 

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White Pine, Pitch Pine, Eastern Hemlock

Others:

  • Yellow Poplar - “American Tulip” We have both new and full grown trees at Jamaica Pond.  They grow fast and can reach 190 feet. Named after the green and yellow tulip like flower. Visit the Parkman Memorial in the spring for a spectacular view of several trees in full bloom. Leaves: alternate four lobes 5-6 inches frog feet shaped turning bright yellow in fall. Narrow brown cone with seeds that peel off. 

  • American Sycamore - Platanus occidentalis, also known as American planetree, occidental plane, and buttonwood.  Two grand 200 year old trees are growing in the Pinabank area of the park.  See the historical markers for pictures when they were planted as ornimental trees for the estate.  Size: Grows up to100 feet high and trunk up to 10 feet wide.  Species have been recorded over 400 years old!  Alternate, maple type lobe leaves turn yellow.  Seeds are a spherical pod.   Bark green yellow wih peeling patches.  Often infected by anthracnose fungus that defoliates the spring leaves.  The trees regrow the leaves in early summer.
              o https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=PLOC
              o http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=200010589

Leaf, Bark, Seed (Click on images for larger versions)


NOTE:  8 x 10 matted and framed photographs are available for $100 membership donations or 11 x 17 matted and framed photographs are available for $500 membership donations to Friends of Jamaica Pond. Contact Stephen Baird at info@communityartsadvocates.org

Contact and Email Information

FRIENDS OF JAMAICA POND

36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030

Gerry Wright, Founder and President

Telephone: 617-524-7070

Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com

TTY/MA RELAY 800-439-2370

www.FriendsOfJamaicaPond.org

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