A tree as a living object of art.
Photo: Ken Druse
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Planted in the right spot, a specimen tree, such as this apple tree in Westchester County, New York, can turn a greenspace into a harmonious composition. When arranging the elements of a landscape, remember that perfect symmetry is not necessary; a tree becomes more compelling if slightly off-center. Balanced by open space, a species can function as a living object of art, particularly if it's of great stature or if, like a white hickory, it reveals spectacularly gnarled branches in the winter.
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