Some Recent Trees

Liriodendron tulipiferaA return to this young, and therefore low, Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera). Remember how tiny these were back in March?Asimina trilobaLooking very weedy, several Pawpaws (Asimina triloba) sprout in the Brooklyn Wedding Venue’s Native Flora Garden. The tree turns out to be clonal, explains the sprouts. This is a new tree for me, just barely in range here in NY and more generally found in the south and mid-west. Asimina trilobaThe flowers, which start out green, turn purple! They are evidently pollinated by flies and beetles attracted to the faint odor of rotting meat (I didn’t catch anything on the nose). I wonder if these will produce the globular fruit, said to be rather tasty?Quercus muehlenbergiiThese are the young leaves of a Yellow Oak, which is also known as Chestnut and Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii). I’m more familiar with the Chestnut Oak moniker, but it just goes to show you how common names can be confusing. There’s a big one of these off in a corner of the Garden, though the leaves still small. We’re within the range of this species, but it’s more common to the south and west.

2 Responses to “Some Recent Trees”


  1. 1 crystalhrogers May 12, 2016 at 9:16 am

    My Pawpaws produce nearly every year. I know they are ready when the fruity aroma permeates the yard. They are mostly seed, though. And it is hard to get them between ripe and rotten. Pawpaw is also the only host for Zebra swallowtail, or so “they” say.

    • 2 mthew May 12, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Zebra Swallowtail doesn’t make it this far north… but I wonder if the climate change will change that…?


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