Winters have endangered Schedel Gardens’ trees

In this interview with The Blade, Scott Kirby, district manager of Davey's Toledo office, tells readers what he's seen as a result of the past two years having such harsh winters.

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Posted: May 4, 2015 

Record snowfall two winters ago, along with record lows this winter and spring, has threatened the life of some rare trees at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens as they try to bloom in the warmer weather.

“Last winter was the harshest, there was a lot of winter damage,” said Rod Noble, executive director for the gardens. “They came back and survived last season, then there was another colder than normal winter.”

He’s expecting to lose maybe a dozen trees. Some of the rare, unique trees he’s especially concerned about include Bosnian fir, Yoshino cherry tree, Japanese cedar, and a bald Cypress tree. Those are trees that Joseph and Marie Schedel, original land owners of the gardens who opened them to the public after their deaths, likely brought back from one of their many foreign trips.

The Yoshino cherry tree is from Washington, one of the only of its kind in this country outside of D.C., according to Mr. Noble.

“The truth is, a lot is yet to be determined,” he said about the trees’ health. “Plants are resilient. They can store energy and last another year or two.”

Some trees aren’t as resilient. Scott Kirby of Davey Trees has already seen the demise for some trees from the winter.

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