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This evergreen tree is not a fir, although it is commonly known as one. The species is native to Asia where they can be large trees and are used for timber in coffins and temples. They are commonly planted in the West (zone 7-9) as a medium-sized ornamental. The leaves are leathery blue-green and needle-like, although unlike pinus, the needles are broadly flat and spiral around the stem. The female cones are somewhat small with spirally arranged scales. It prefers shade and acidic well-drained soils. It is a fairly hardy species as long as it’s not planted too far north where it doesn’t tolerate cold very well.

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Ericaceae spp.

This tree is shrubby in form and has small berries that are typically dark blue or black. The fruit is edible and tastes great in pies. This species is often confused with sparkleberry. But unlike sparkleberry, the bark is shaggy or stringy and is a different genus. Like sparkleberry, leaves are whorled and oval-elliptic. Flowers are bell-shaped. What is this tree?

If Trees Could Sing

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If Trees Could Sing

I had to share this great lead which came from Davey Resource Group enews@davey.com

According to John Barker at Inventor Spot, Bartholomäus Traubeck has created a machine that reads tree rings as music. The machine is called Years and looks like a record player; however, it uses an optical scanner to read the tree rings instead of a needle. The method is tied to bio-electronics. Traubeck uses a piano due to the wide range of notes which corresponds to the variability of tree rings. Check out the tunes here:

http://traubeck.bandcamp.com/album/years

 

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Source: Jason Gordon at Mynelle Gardens, Jackson, MS

This tree has pinnately and bipinnately compound leaves which are alternate and deciduous. The leaflets are mostly entire, acute, and rounded-oval shaped. The fruit is a twisted legume. Bark becomes very fissured with scaly plates when old. The tree is being removed in public places due to large thorns. It can grow up to 75′ tall and has a lifespan of more than 50 years. Its wooded habitat is bottomlands and mountain slopes and has a broad range east of the Rocky Mountains. The dried ground pulp from the fruit was used by Native Americans as a sweetener and thickener and the roasted seeds have been used as a coffee substitute.

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Asimina triloba Photo by Dogtooth77, CC BY-NC-SA – 2.0. Found at https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all

This tree is common to wet woodland areas of the Southeastern U.S. It is a native forest tree, but is found in urban areas as well. It grows in patches (clonal reproduction) as an understory tree and has alternate, spirally arranged leaves. Chemicals in the leaves make them unappealing to birds and animals, although the the larvae of the zebra swallowtail butterfly (Protographium marcellus) feeds elusively on the leaves. A dead giveaway is that its leaves smell similar to green pepper when crushed. It produces the largest native edible fruit in the United States and has been called the North American banana because the fruit’s inner texture is similar to a that of a banana. In the old days, the fruit was used for jellies and sweets. One author notes the chilled fruit was a favorite desert of the founding fathers (Craig Summers Black, 2009, The Christian Science Monitor).

 

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This is not an invasive species, although it originates from East Asia where it is known as “tea flower” and several species are used in the cultivation of tea leaves for beverage. The plant is evergreen, relatively short with a bushy shape, and has brightly colored flowers during the winter. Like other calcifuges known for their flowers, it prefers acidic soils. This is the state flower of Alabama. Do you know what tree this is?

 

 

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This tree can be found in the tropical climate of south Florida. It is known for aerial prop roots that grow into thick woody trunks. In some species, the props can develop into a forest with every trunk connected directly or indirectly to the central trunk. This natural characteristic inspired computer design theory known as Banyan VINES. As well, the tree is dependent on a symbiotic relationship with a wasp for pollination. Leaves are large, leathery, glossy green that are a bright red when young. This stately, beautiful tree contributes a unique sense of place in Florida parks and communities.