ARC Birch and Willow Oak
There were numerous Betula nigra (river birch) and Quercus phellos (willow oak) utilized in the landscaping of several man-made ponds and wetland areas created during the reclamation of the Atlantic Research Corporation (ARC) site in Gainesville, Virginia.
In order to provide an additional screen between a new housing community in Ashburn, Virginia and the Dulles Toll Road, the developer integrated natives trees along this slope. A combination of Magnolia virginiana (sweetbay), Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum), and Cercis canadensis (redbud) were installed along with shrubs and other non-native species.
An integral element in revitalizing older shopping centers into a living, shopping, and dining destination is the incorporation of community green spaces. This community park at Graham Park in the Falls Church section of Fairfax County, Virginia utilized larger Fagus grandifolia (American beech) and Quercus phellos (willow oak) to provide future shade and structure to this new landscape that both homeowners and visitors can enjoy.
Photos taken July 2023.