Have you ever found yourself attracted to someone’s yard because of a particular tree? It could be that tree had been carefully chosen as a “specimen tree.” Such trees are noteworthy because of their size, shape, or sheer uniqueness, attributes that are intended to cause visitors to stop in their tracks and admire them. For your home in Croton, NY, a specimen tree could be viewed as the “diamond necklace” of its “outfit”—or the focus of attention in your landscape.
The oak is a traditional symbol of strength, wisdom, nobility and longevity in a number of cultures. With some of the oldest oaks alive today believed to be between eight hundred and a thousand years old, and most species living between one hundred and two hundred years, it’s easy to see why this symbolism has endured.