Tree Talk

Tree of the week: Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides- met-a-se-KOY-a glyp-to-stro-BOY-des) This ancient tree was once thought extinct as an abundance of fossils could be found in the Northern Hemisphere with no living tree to match. It seemed to disappear after the Miocene era roughly 5-25 million years ago. However In 1943, a tree was discovered […]

Discover the Forest right on Portland’s backdoor!

Tree of Week: Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) Aspens are easy to pick out of a crowd due to their greenish-white bark, and in the case of the quaking aspen have leaves that dance delicately in the wind giving the tree its name. The leaves have a darker green on top and are much paler on […]

Tree of the Week: Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) This tree is abundant in the coastal and cascade range and becomes even more abundant as you make your way north into Washington and Canada. They can grow up to 165 to 200 feet tall and have a characteristic droopy top. You can usually identify it by […]

Tree of the Week: Western Juniper (Juniperus Occidentalist) Conifer tree with a distinctive smell. It’s adapted to its extreme high desert conditions in Central Oregon, down to Northern California. OSU has found trees between 1200-1600 years old in the dwindling patches of old-growth Juniper stands. This tree has spiritual importance to the natives of this […]

Tree of the Week: Oregon White Oak -Lobed simple leaves with a big rounded canopy when mature.  -Drop acorns every year as opposed to other oaks who drop in alternating years. -Used in beer and wine barrels, it’s heartwood fills in the tubes that are used to transport water through the tree. This prevents decay. […]

This week the beautiful transition of fall to winter is beginning. Some trees bare, while others still flourish with color, the crisp clean air bights at your skin to awaken the soul. Take a deep breath of this air and you’ll be awakened to the beauty and wonder all around. The smell of a cleansed […]

Tree of the week: Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) -Simple, fanlike leaf. More sturdy than it looks. Super colorful in the fall. Biloba, two lobes referencing the leaves.  -Diecious, one tree is male, one tree is female as opposed to other flowering trees. -Female seed/fruit of the ginkgo smells like vomit when it’s decaying. Significant in […]

How do trees get water to their leaves? Answering this and how the forest plays a role in the water cycle.

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