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Malina Tran

**a) Wherever you live, find out about the trees which grow closest to your home or workplace.**

– They were likely planted there to improve the appearance and atmosphere of the area, but perhaps these trees can be useful to you in additional ways?
– Get to know when the trees flower, come into leaf; do they form fruit, nuts or berries? Is the bark used for any traditional purpose?
– Which animals find food and shelter in these trees? Which diseases are they susceptible to?

*Ulmus minor ‘Sarniensis’ (Field Elm)*

– Young leaves can be eaten, have a mild flavor and can make a nice addition to mixed salad; leaves can also be used for tea
– Immature fruits have an aromatic flavor, leaves breath smelling pleasant
– Inner bark can be cooked or dried, ground into powder, used as a thickening in soups or mixed with cereals when making bread; may have anti-inflammatory effects in the gut and can be used internally or externally in the treatment of diarrhea, rheumatism, wounds, eczema
– Susceptible to Dutch elm disease


*Crataegus media ‘Paul’s Scarlet’*

– Berries are enjoyed by wildlife, flowers attract bees
– Susceptible to hawthorn leaf spot or blight. Very susceptible to fire blight


*Tilia platyphyllos*

– Wood is used for carving, almost all parts of the tree is used for rope or firewood; when wood is burned it can be ingested for intestinal disorders and used topically for infection or edema
– Flowers can be used to treat colds, cough, fever, infections, inflammation, high blood pressure, headache
– Flowers, leaves, and bark can be used as tea to promote relaxation, help with sleep, and sooth digestive tract
– Contains tannins, which have antioxidant and antibacterial properties

**b) Search for maps of trees in your area. Can you find a map as detailed as the Amsterdam boomkaart (tree map) for other cities and towns?**

For Los Angeles, where I’m from: