Many different trees inhabit Governors Island. Unfortunately all trees are non-native. Very early in the island's human history, the Dutch harvested the trees were used to build their new settlement on the lower half of Manhattan.
Chestnut trees used to be a common site in America, and were prized for their hard wood until it became susceptible to chestnut blight, an Asian fungus. A handful of American Chestnut trees have recently been reintroduced to Governors Island.