Beatrix Sieger

Beatrix Sieger

November 23, 2020


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November 11, 2020

Lemon Scented White Fir

Long ago, naturalist Donald Peattie predicted the real glory of the White Fir. "Rather does the future of this tree lie in its value as an ornamental," And we might add a great Christmas tree!

White or concolor fir is native to the central and southern Rocky Mountains, including Utah. Not only is it beautiful but it is one of the most adaptable firs. This is an evergreen tree, keeping its foliage year-round. It's blue-green needles, sometimes confused with blue spruce, curve outward and upward on branches and, when crushed, emit a lemon scent. White Fir essential oil can be used topically or aromatically create calming, stabilizing, and even energizing effects, with a clean, crisp aroma

The 2" to 3" long needles are silver-blue to silver-green in color. Resinous blisters can be found on the thin, smooth bark that becomes furrowed with age. This tree can reach heights of 150' with a diameter up to 4'. White fir prefers moist, cool, protected sites at elevations of 3,000' to 11,200' and can commonly be found in mountain forests. This tree grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12" to 24" per year. Fir needles are softer to the touch than spruce needles, which is one of the best ways to tell them apart from spruces. It has also become a major component of the Christmas tree industry. Grouse like to eat the buds and needles and find white fir a good roosting tree. The seeds are eaten by squirrels, rodents, chickadees, crossbills and Clark's nutcrackers. Deer browse on seedlings, buds and needles, and porcupines gnaw on the bark.

Landscape Use: Very desirable tree that needs some protection to do well on windy, exposed sites in Utah's valleys. Does not seem to like high soil pH. 

Park City, UT - In 1988 Salt Lake Tribune journalist, Pepper Provenzano, saw a need to improve Utah’s environment through tree planting, stewardship, and education. To meet this need TreeUtah was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

This November 6, our community will come together for the 10th annual Live PC Give PC, and we invite YOU to support TreeUtah in planting more trees and restoring green spaces. Live PC Give PC is 24 hours of local nonprofit giving—and it’s your chance to support building a healthy tree canopy in Summit County. Whether you live, work, stay, or play here, we all benefit from trees planted by TreeUtah, and this year is critical for COVID-19 stabilization and recovery.

TreeUtah works with students, municipalities, local businesses, community groups, and volunteers to plant trees in public spaces throughout the state. We plant trees of all types and sizes to make Utah a greener place to live, work, and play. Every year, TreeUtah aims to plant 7,000 new trees to make our communities healthier.

TreeUtah has received a grant award as one of four first 2020 Park City Climate Fund Grantees by the Park City Community Foundation. With this grant, TreeUtah has been hosting educational community events to plant trees that in turn sequester carbon in the soil. We have committed to educational events throughout Summit County engaging volunteers and planting trees in restoration sites, schoolyards, and open lands.

TreeUtah has planted more than 385,000 trees with the help of over 165,000 volunteers and donors around Utah. Together, we can shape the future of Park City to include a healthy tree canopy for generations to enjoy.

Join us in supporting our community nonprofits, this November 6, give together for a great Park City!  

Find out more—visit — search for TreeUtah and commit to giving.

Join TreeUtah for a "Trick or Treet," free redbud tree seedlings will be given out, get yours!

We will be by the zoo exit, zoo visit not required to pick up seedlings. Come see us for some spooky fun!

Special thanks to Salt Lake ZAP and Dominion Energy for making this event possible. 

October 20, 2020

Golden Larch Magic

As you take your fall season drive looking for the brilliant changing colors in Utah's mountains the sight of the western larch (Larix occidentalis) and subalpine larch (Larix lyallii) are some of the most unique and bright trees you'll encounter and they have no leaves! Larch trees are conifers that are deciduous. That means that they have needles like an evergreen tree, but those needles turn bright gold and drop every fall just like a deciduous tree.

Mid-October in Utah is the best time of year to see the larches in their full color. The bright glow of the golden larch is the season’s last light as fall color fades to snowy white and the long lull of winter envelops the park. The larch is a secret magician, quietly blending in with the evergreens. But wait a few months into fall and the larch commands the landscape stage, its golden glow blazing then needles drop and leaving branches twig bare. Very desirable tree with beautiful bark and spectacular color changes in fall.

A little history research produced a fascinating find on the Western Larch in Utah, an excerpt from the U.S. Forest Service Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest:

"In 1907, The Salt Lake Herald reported that seeds of Western Larch were sown at the Wasatch Nursery. In 1912, the Herald reported that the Wasatch National Forest received a 2-ounce package of “high toned and aristocratic” Siberian larch seeds from the estate of Count Max von Sivers of Roemershof, Russia to be planted at the nursery. In 1913, the Herald reported that Count von Siver’s European larch seeds had sprouted, were to be planted that summer, and were the first larch trees in Utah. The Forest Service has not verified which larch species have taken root in Big Cottonwood Canyon as the agency was also collecting western larch seeds during this period.

In addition to the two small stands planted at Spruces Campground, a few more larch trees planted by the nursery workers have been spotted in Big Cottonwood Canyon. When the golden aspen leaves have fallen in Big Cottonwood Canyon, two stands of yellow/orange larch trees become prominent in late October on the north-facing slope adjacent to Spruces Campground. Spruces Campground was the former site of the Wasatch Nursery, which operated from 1906-1920 to grow seedlings to be planted on the newly created Salt Lake Forest Reserve in an effort to reforest the city watershed which had been impacted by logging, grazing, and mining. The nursery was charged with conducting “urgent forestry experiments” to determine which tree species could grow in the canyons. These larch stands are a remnant of the Wasatch Nursery, having survived over 100 years. Larch are one of the few conifer species that shed their needles in late autumn. These are the only known larch on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest."

To review; several species of larch are native to the northern U.S. but others were introduced from Europe. Larches are large and tall trees that reach 50-80 feet. This evergreen has deciduous needles that are up to 1 1/4 inch long. Larch needles are light green in color most of the year which then turn yellow in autumn before shedding. Cones are up to 1 1/2 inches long, egg-shaped and stalkless. Fun historical fact, Native Americans once tied the slender roots of Larch trees together to use as strips of bark for their canoes. More information on Utah conifers can be found here

We hope you enjoy this fall season driving, hiking and wandering adventures, and don't forget to look for the bright colors of the conifers too!



TreeUtah and Ivory Homes invite you to plant trees in the Washakie Cemetary in Box Elder County on Friday, October 30th. This is a planting that will add to a restoration project on the Shoshone Reservation. You can learn more about this special project below and register here

From the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, Brigham City Office:

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation Washakie Cemetery Restoration Project has been a goal of the Tribal people for many years. 

In 2016 the Tribe was able to receive grant funding from the Bureau of Reclamation to install a clean water system into the cemetery, for the direct purpose of bringing in trees, bushes and shrubs to help beautify this sacred piece of ground. In 1878, the survivors of the “Bear River Massacre” which occurred January 29th, 1863, in Franklin County, Idaho, were moved into the dry farming area near Plymouth, Utah.  The 170+ survivors included Chief Sagwitch, who had led the band for several years and refused to take his people to a Federally Regulated Reservation. 

These Shoshone people called this new and stationary home, “Washakie” after the great Chief Washakie of the Eastern Shoshone Nation.  Here they built a farming township and felt that they once again had a home. The Northwestern Shoshone built a prosperous townsite.  In the Winter of 1887, Chief Sagwitch had been hunting and camping in Broad Canyon, just west of the townsite.  He felt sick with the flu and two of his sons carried him out of the canyon towards the townsite to seek medical attention. Unfortunately, Chief Sagwitch didn’t make it to the town site, he died just east of the first homes at the site.   His sons, believing that the Great Creator had decided it was time for the Chief to pass, buried him in the exact spot he died upon. 

This started the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation Washakie Cemetery.  Since Chief Sagwatich’s burial, many more survivors of the Bear River Massacre were buried at Washakie.  The Tribe holds this ground as sacred and have buried over 1,000 of their Shoshone people. For years the family groups kept the cemetery clean and reverent.  During the 1960s the Northwestern Shoshone People were again driven from their homes.  Washakie had been sold to a private developer who burned their homes, schoolhouse and church.  The Tribe fought to save the graveyard and were granted 187 acres to call a reservation to protect the spirits of the elders that are buried there.  Taking care of the cemetery became very hard and the natural grass and serval non-native species began to overtake the ground. 

The cemetery looks lost and needs to become beautiful and reverent again.The new water system and the new trees, shrubs and bushes will really enhance this portion of land and inspire a regrowth for those who are buried there. 

We are excited for all those who wish to volunteer their time to help our people Rest In Peace.  This is a unique opportunity to have many cultures and backgrounds working together, in unity, for the betterment of Mother Earth. 


Thank you all for joining us today. As you know, because you thoroughly covered it... and you lived it, Salt Lake City’s urban forest was hit hard by the hurricane-force windstorm on September 8. 

We estimate that more than 1,500 trees were lost in our public spaces, and that doesn’t include the thousands of trees on private property that were toppled.

In addition to the devastating property damage, and some injuries that were reported, we’ve all been saddened at the heartbreaking sight of 100-foot tall trees lying on their sides. 

Our westside lost more than 100 Modesto Ash trees from neighborhood parkstrips, which account for the majority of shade in those neighborhoods. 

At the City Cemetery, we lost more than 250 trees, dozens of which were 80-foot tall Spruce trees, and one of the most beautiful Austrian Pine trees in the City. 

At Liberty Park, we lost a Cottonwood Tree whose trunk was more than 4 feet in diameter, and at Washington Square we lost a Giant Sequioa -- the same species that grows in California and lives for hundreds of years. 

As a certified tree-lover, this has been difficult, especially since we know the benefits that trees and tree canopies provide residents, including reducing air pollution, conserving water and reducing erosion, creating shade and places to gather, and increasing property values. Trees are indispensable. But luckily, they aren’t completely irreplaceable. 

I’m excited to announce today that we are partnering with TreeUtah to ReTree SLC. 

It will be a joint effort to replace thousands of trees. We’ve heard from residents eager to help, and this is the answer. At, those interested can donate to TreeUtah and volunteer as the replanting efforts get underway this fall and beyond.

We’re excited to have Rocky Mountain Power and Ivory Homes on board with us as well, to support this initiative. 

Funds raised will directly help purchase trees that are selected to be hardy in the city’s urban environment for generations to come.

ReTree SLC is in addition to the City’s pledge to plant 1,000 extra trees in 2020, a goal that was in place well before the storm, and that we’re on track to meet in spite of it. We know how important the urban forest is to our city, and we’re committed not only to replanting it, but expanding it. 

Donations can be made at retreeslc

 Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and TreeUtah today announced ReTree SLC, a joint effort to replace thousands of trees lost throughout the city during the windstorm on September 7 and 8. The effort’s donation portal launched today and funds raised will go toward the replanting of the over 3,000 public trees that were damaged or lost within Salt Lake City boundaries.  

“All of us at TreeUtah are saddened by the devastating loss of trees during the storm, but it just heightens our dedication to plant as many trees as possible toward a healthy urban forest. The trees we plant now will provide a better quality of life in Salt Lake City for generations.” -Amy May, TU Executive Director

Trees in Salt Lake City parks were hit especially hard during the storm, with Liberty Park losing 69 trees and the Salt Lake City Cemetery losing 255 trees.

Donors to ReTree SLC have the ability to make single donations or sign up for an ongoing monthly contribution, and they can specify that their donation go towards replanting in a specific park, or wherever a tree is needed most.

Funds raised will directly help purchase trees that are selected to be hardy in the city’s urban environment for generations to come.

ReTree SLC will also include a volunteer effort through TreeUtah for the public to assist in planting trees. Everyone who contributes will be informed of planting opportunities via email and all TreeUtah events HERE.

Donations can be made to TreeUtah by clicking HERE!

If you come across a tree with an arrangement of sharp thorns along its bark don’t be afraid, you've just met the highly adaptive Gleditsia triacanthos, otherwise known as the honey locust.  The honey locust is an attractive and useful tree that is commonly planted as a landscape tree for its beauty and toughness. It is a deciduous tree in the legume family, native to central North America where it is mostly found in rich moist soil of river valleys. Its leaves are delicate and narrow, arranged in an alternating compound form that allows more light to reach the ground and can permit other trees or plants to flourish underneath its canopy.

In the fall the leaves can turn to a vibrant golden yellow. A fast grower the honey locust commonly reaches heights of around 70 to 100 feet with a medium-long life of 120 years. Often honeylocust trees planted in cities are thornless and often seedless and transplants easily even in less than ideal soil including; compacted, road salt, alkaline soil, heat, or drought-affected. The long slender pods you see are 15 to 40 cm long with sticky and sweet bean-like seeds.

You may think the name means this tree produces some type of sap but the honey locust is not a significant sap plant, rather,  the sweetness is found in the legume pulp, which was used for food and medicine, and tea by Native American people. Additionally, the seeds can be used as a coffee substitute and can even be fermented. And fun fact: In the past, the hard thorns of the younger trees were used as nails and the wood itself was used to fashion treenails for shipbuilding.

The honey locust is easy to grow and requires very little maintenance. So easy in fact, you could try growing one as a quick and fun learning project with kids or as your own project!

Parts of Utah lost a lot of trees last week and it may feel different in your neighborhood or local park without them. We don't often get hurricane-force winds in Utah but strong winds can occasionally pop up every few years with the right conditions. To help us better understand how to recover damaged landscapes, here is what we found experts recommend on tree care, from places which get these high winds often, think Florida hurricanes!

After a wind storm, it's important to take care of safety hazards first. Hazards to look for include broken tree branches that are hanging from the tree and leaning trees and anything near power lines. Careful pruning is often needed after a storm, be aware, and wear protective clothing. Trim above ragged breaks on small stems, and remove entire branches when the main structural branches break. The most important task is removing damaged limbs and branches on trees and shrubs. Make a clean cut at the base of the branch where it is attached to the next largest branch. A clean smooth cut allows the branch to heal itself by sealing to keep wood-decay from entering and spreading. A good rule of thumb is to remove and take down trees with over half their branches damaged. After you have assessed damages you can gather and use or donate any collected wood. 

If you have had problems with smaller trees being damaged after extreme storm winds, and you want to try and save those types of trees, you’ll be happy to know that a lot of trees that are down can be reset and rescued. Below are some tips that you can use to help with saving the trees.

  • Cover your trees’ roots so that they’re moist until you’re able to work more on them.
  • Work on pruning your tree’s root system so that it can be put back into the ground. You should also dig out the soil under the exposed roots, being careful not to break the roots, this is very important! If roots are broken replanting will most likely not work.
  • Right your tree and stake it, leaving the stake there for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Water the tree each day for 2-4 weeks. If it rains, less will be okay. Keep the area of the roots moist for a few months.
  • Before removing damaged plants, wait three to six months to allow them to attempt to recover. 

Take some time as you go on a walk and notice how the face of the landscape has changed, think of ways to restore your area, help your neighbors and create new green spaces. Give gratitude for the trees in your life and know that while ever-changing, tree life will go on. 

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