The unusual fringe tree, part of the arboretum of interesting trees at the former Medfield State Hospital site, is in full bloom now, and is worth a visit.
Former long time Town of Medfield Tree Warden, Ellis Allen, prepared and shared the tree map that appears below. He did not note the fringe tree, so I added it. When the fringe tree is not in bloom it is totally unremarkable. There were two more much smaller fringe trees at the site, but they were cut down. Ellis also did not include the interesting line of larch trees along the Charles River Link Trail path that he told me about. That trail runs along the Charles from the Overlook to a hemlock grove high above the river. That area just was not on Ellis’ map. a row of many towering larchs line the path on the right just after crossing the brook. Larchs look like evergreens, but are deciduous.
And here is what the canoe launch along that stretch of trail looked like when it was originally constructed. Now the flat stones in the left photo are invisible in the river under water and mud.