Show-stopping trees can be the stars of your garden, from a pink-flowering Japanese apricot to the flamboyant crape myrtle.
Clockwise, from upper left, Stewartia, a member of the camelia amd franklinia family. Crape myrtle, flamboyant from late July through September. Prunus mume, a relative of the flowering cherry. Abbey Jane Brody Photos

With smooth bark (perfect for carving hearts) native beeches grace hidden and peaceful woodlands. Chris Chapin hails their primeval beauty.
A mature beech forest
Above: The South Fork’s natural landscapes are surprising as this view of a pond ringed by beeches attests. Inset: A mature beech forest is open and park-like. Durell Godfrey Photos
There are Buddhas and bronze monkeys in this enchanting garden, but the specimen trees — evergreens and magnolias and yellowwood — came first.
Southeast Asian sculptures
Southeast Asian sculptures take their ease beneath a canopy.

An inspirational art-photo show at LongHouse urges us to honor the ‘living reminders of our heritage.’
Huntting Lane before the 1938 Hurricane.
East Hampton’s Main Street, looking south from Huntting Lane before the 1938 Hurricane.

Ever wonder how our emblematic trees survived disease and hurricanes? Remember the eco-warriors of the L.V.I.S.
The ladies of the East Hampton Village Improvement Society
The ladies of the East Hampton Village Improvement Society have tended our street trees with love, and money, since about 1907.

Carissa Katz learns the ropes of recreational tree scaling — and finds peace (and a priceless view).
Hither Woods oak
Even a novice can get up in a Hither Woods oak. Jeremy Samuelson

Black Frost: White Lawn
November surfcasting
David E. Rattray