Saturday, December 10, 2011

Planting Trees in the Forest

We planted a tree like this one, this past spring. Ours is still too young to produce young, but it is turning a lovely shade of pink rust as the winter sets in. This is a bald cypress. Such an odd name for such a symmetrical and lovely tree. It would make a perfect Christmas tree but it drops all its needles in the winter and thus, was given the name "bald" because of that.   It can grow up to 70 feet tall and grows well in swamps. But it also does a good job in our front yard which is high and dry.  Because our tree's feet are on dry land we will not get that distinct round bowl at the base that it produces when sitting in water nor the bumps of the roots seeking better stabilization which are called cypress knees that can be found sticking out of the water in swamps.

According to wikipedia "The tallest known individual specimen, near Williamsburg, Virginia, is 44.11 m tall, and the stoutest known, in the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has a diameter of 521 cm.  The oldest known specimen, located in Bladen County, North Carolina, is over 1,620 years old making this the oldest living plant in Eastern North America."  Quite an impressive tree, is it not?

Our little tree was bought at the garden club sale and currently stands only three feet high, but every tree has to start somewhere.



8 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice...very cool color and love the little seeds budding...we need to plant more trees...

Judy (kenju) said...

I suppose I have seen those and just didn't know what they were. Lovely color.

Tabor said...

Brian, this is the true color. Judy, I post these because I think many are like you, they see beauty all around them, but don't really know about it.

Celia said...

What an amazing color, I've never heard of one, I'd of thought it dead if I saw it. Thanks for showing us this.

Dave King said...

You don't measure a tree by its size, thou knows! Lovely post.

Granny Annie said...

Is the fruit (seeds, pod, nut) of the tree edible for animals and/or human animals? It is quite and interesting tree.

Tabor said...

Grannie, the pods/cones are edible by both birds and animals.

Suldog said...

Lovely! My latest effort in gardening is a grapefruit tree, which I have grown from a seed I acquired while eating breakfast. It is a potted plant, for now (it being the northeast and all, and inhospitable to such things.) I may have written about it before, but I can't recall at the moment and am too lazy to go back to my place and look it up :-)

Anyway, couple of nice posts here (this and the more recent.) Good work!