Posts Tagged 'trees'


Sassafras albidumSassafras albidum drupe on its pedicel. Such sassy colors!

This should be eaten by a bird, the single seed within spread elsewhere, hopefully to germinate into one of these lovely three-leaf-type trees.

This wonderfully aromatic plant–from the roots to the leaves–was long used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes. It was also one of the major colonial exports back to Europe, for it was reputed to work on the pox! (It didn’t, but what-evs.) In addition, it was the original source for root beer, since banned as carcinogenic, and filé powder. To paraphrase a certain spider, “Some Tree!”

Sunset Park Elm

UlmusAn overcast view of the great elm during this week’s sweltering heat. The leaves are dark, dark green now. That’s the gilded city of Oz to the distant right. (Don’t forget you can click on these images to get larger versions.)


stumpWhen I spotted Brian Nash Gill’s Woodcut recently, I was intrigued. A few days later I came across this character-laden stump in Green-Wood.

Of course, this isn’t a print, it’s just a picture with the “Noir” filter on my iPhone camera.


 Castanea dentataCastanea dentata.

Sunset Park Elm

UlmusThe intensity of summer green is settling in on our elm tree. A man was whacking his martial arts stick against the low-slung branch. I suppose I would eventually call 911 if it fell on him.

Buckeyes in Bloom

Aesculus hippocastanumCommon Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), a species originally from SE Europe/Asia, now widely cultivated. Note that some are yellow inside, some pinkish-red; the latter have already been pollinated. Aesculus X carneaRed Horsechestnut, a hybrid of Horsechestnut and Red Buckeye, Aesculus X carnea. (Unless it’s a hybrid of Red Buckeye and Yellow Buckeye, Aesculus X hybrida.) The above two are near-neighbors in Green-Wood.Aesculus flavaYellow Buckeye (A. flava), also known as Sweet Buckeye and Big Buckeye, has much less showy flowers. The stamens don’t even project (as they do for the Ohio Buckeye (A. glabra). This is a magnificent specimen tucked into the edge of the Long Meadow in Prospect Park; it usually produces a rich crop of seeds, known as buckeyes or conkers. Yellow Buckeye is native to the Ohio River valley and the nearby Appalachian region.

Tuliptree Flowers

Liriodendron tulipiferaLiriodendron tulipifera: these are usually so far up these tall trees that they’re hard to see.Liriodendron tulipiferaBut not all of them. Liriodendron tulipiferaLiriodendron tulipiferaBlooming now. They smell like some childhood candy I can never place…


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