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The 1991 recession may throw a wrench into the Casey Foundation’s $50 million plan to replant our city with stately foliage. According to a recent story in the Washington Business Journal, there is, at present, a national shortage of mature and large-species trees, dating back to the burst of the real estate bubble in the early ’90s. In that particular bust period, landscapers cut back on tree orders—which led to losses by tree nurseries, which, in turn, cut back on new tree plantings to save money. The net result, 10 years later, is a shortage of reasonably sized trees, or even trees that will grow up to be big. “Guys have been going to Canada to find the trees,” Steve Cockerham, owner of Betty’s Azalea Ranch in Fairfax, told WBJ. —Garance Franke-Ruta