The next time you check your 401k give a nod to the American sycamore. It was under the shade of one, also known as a buttonwood tree, that financiers gathered in New York City in 1792 to sign the Buttonwood Agreement, creating the New York Stock Exchange.
The US Department of Agriculture publishes a list of Plant Hardiness Zones to help gardeners determine which plants are likely to survive in a given geographical location. But these zones are based on average minimum winter temperatures and don’t take other factors like precipitation and soil condition into account. Most of Metro Denver falls in USDA Zones 4-6, but with the wide range of growing conditions facing Coloradans, knowing a climate zone may not be enough information for successful planting.
As springtime approaches, homeowners’ thoughts turn to Colorado’s great outdoors and ways to enjoy it. Often that’s right in their own back yards, so it’s important to build a space to enjoy for years to come. And one of the things that can have a big impact on that enjoyment is the choice of trees.
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