The Cambridge Tree Map Provides Data on Blossoms and Pollen

"What does a city look like drawn in trees?" Cambridge, Massachusetts recently released an exhaustive database of all the trees on public property around the city.

May 20, 2014, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


The Boston Globe shares insights into the data contained in the Camridge Tree Map. For instance, "[the] most common are maple, honeylocust, and oak, with a healthy scattering of ornamental fruit and berry trees." The article includes a very colorful map, among other infographics, of the "density of blossoms" around the city.

"The map doesn’t include every tree in the city: It skips the many in private yards and on university property. But what remains is an intriguing snapshot of how a bird, a bee, or an ambitious grain of pollen might experience the city."

The database, released to the public in April, follows a seven-year effort by the Cambridge Department of Public Works.

Monday, May 19, 2014 in The Boston Globe

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