|Image: Fallen sassafras branches, New Jersey|
|Image: Scotch Pine wasps, image courtesy of Seabrooke Leckie|
Another discovery comes by way of Dave at Fidaldo Island Crossing. On a visit to Washington Park in Anacortes, Washington, he observed from a distance what he thought was a "wonderful, weathered old" but dead tree. Dave later learned that the tree is a Seaside or Puget Sound Juniper, Juniperus maritima and until 2007, this species was classified as Juniperus scopulorum, the Rocky Mountain Juniper. Furthermore, the population at Washington Park "is the most robust with hundreds of trees".
The freakish snow storm in the city last weekend postponed a local fall foliage tour. I hope the tour is rescheduled before the peak of fall color and more importantly before the trees shed their leaves. If you have forgotten why leaves change color, head to Rebecca in the Woods where Rebecca has composed a concise answer about the biochemistry of fall color and one that is beautifully illustrated, too. Do you know the origin of the London planetree, Platanus x acerifolia? Paul at The Street Tree has written an impressive natural history of one its parents, the Oriental Plane, Platanus orientalis.
Larry Ayers of Riverside Rambles captured the fall colors of a Black Oak, Quercus velutina -- so royally purple and blue! Even more fall color can be seen at Tasting Rhubarb. Jean wrote with her submission: "Looked up the other morning on my harassed way to work and saw these - what more can I say?" Indeed!
|Image: Beech, Ewden Valley, courtesy of treeblog|
Arati at Trees, Plants & more experienced white of a different kind than the folks in the Northeastern U.S. did. He was struck by a path lined with Morinda tinctoria whose flowers had carpeted the ground white in a local park. I was struck that the first photo in Arati's post about a recent trip is of a Traveller's Palm, so named according to Wikipedia because the rainwater stored in its sheaths were used as emergency sources of drinking water for travelers.
I have never seen in person a Traveller's Palm or a Banyan Tree. Uma of Mauve Sea has written and illustrated with photographs and drawings an essay about the oldest Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis) in Chennai which is growing at The Theosophical Society there. What I thought were several trees is actually "a clonal colony carrying memories of the mother tree in their fibers of existence". See for yourself!
|Image: Perry pears, courtesy of The Street Tree|
The year is winding down as is Natalie Raeber's The Tree Year Project 2011 the origin of which she explained at Save Our Woods. Don't fret, though, there is still time to participate in The Tree Year. Also, Natalie is seeking collaborators to extend the project into 2012 (contact her at tty @ raebeer.ch).
Finally, I would like to offer my own contribution: an aerial photograph of the Sasaki Garden at Washington Square Village, one of my favorite places in New York City. The garden, completed in 1950, is home to a wide range of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials in addition to unique design and hardscape elements.
|Image: Sasaki Garden at Washington Square Village|