Sunday, January 10, 2010
Winter Tree ID Walk Opens My Eyes
I learned several new things like that Sweet Gum trees have these weird, natural ridges on the tops of their branches. I always thought that was just cicada damage!
Then I saw, clear as day, the different between the colorations on a White Oak and a Red Oak. I will not confuse those again.
Also, I did not know that nearby Redwood Terrace is actually lined with Dawn Redwoods! Most of the streets around me have plant-related names, like Geranium Place and Aspen Street, but who knew this one was so appropriate? What came first I wonder, the street name or the tree planting?
Dawn Redwoods were thought to be extinct until being rediscovered in 1944 in China. Now you'll find them planted all over DC thanks to National Geographic and many enthusiastic tree lovers.
Here is a link to the album on my FaceBook page.
If Casey Trees offers this fascinating walk again, I highly recommend it.