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by Rand
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Florida
Topic: A super gnarly Live Oak
Replies: 3
Views: 1942

Re: A super gnarly Live Oak

Kinda makes you wonder how benign burls actually are.
by Rand
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: An Ode to the Bradford Pear
Replies: 6
Views: 2335

Re: An Ode to the Bradford Pear

Ar-Har. Someone even wittier than I. There was one several years ago that went down in all three directions at once in a minor ice storm, but I was too lazy to get a picture of it before the owner cleaned it up. I just couldn't resist this time. Even though I know better, I still think they are pret...
by Rand
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Chestnuts in Bloom
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

Re: Chestnuts in Bloom

Larry, The tree is growing outside the natural range of the chestnut in NW Ohio. Recently I've read that the blight actually lives on scarlet or black oaks, which aren't growing in this area either, so there is no reason to believe the tree is actually resistant. The soil type isn't favorable for th...
by Rand
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Chestnuts in Bloom
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

Re: Chestnuts in Bloom

Elijah, I planted those trees back in the early 90's. It is outside the native range of the AC, so it has escaped the blight so far. The American tree didn't start bearing nuts till 2010, then got heavilly damaged by the 'summer in march' of 2012 followed by a cold snap. Took it 3 or 4 years to star...
by Rand
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Chestnuts in Bloom
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

Chestnuts in Bloom

My chestnuts in NW Ohio bloomed in the last weekend of June.

American is the big tree in the background with Chinese in the foreground
chestnut-bloom-full.jpg
Closeup of American Chestnut catkins
Closeup of American Chestnut catkins
Closeup of Chinese Chestnut catkins
Closeup of Chinese Chestnut catkins
by Rand
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: An Ode to the Bradford Pear
Replies: 6
Views: 2335

An Ode to the Bradford Pear

Okay, not really. A wet, icy snow brought this one down in typical fashion.
Bradford_falls.jpg
by Rand
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Florida
Topic: Hurricane Michael's impact on Torreya State Park
Replies: 2
Views: 1213

Re: Hurricane Michael's impact on Torreya State Park

Oh man, that looks just like the tornado damage at Secrest arboretum, but that was just a handful of acres. I watched that monster wind itself up on the satellite images in the last 24 hours before landfall and thought, 'Whoo-boy, this thing just went from nuisance to dangerous. I hope people are ge...
by Rand
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Maryland
Topic: English Elm
Replies: 1
Views: 1308

Re: English Elm

Gadzooks. That one is huge! Does it date from the Colonial period perhaps?

Anybody know some pointers for distinguishing English elm from other introduced species. I think there is one decent sized one growing in park here in Columbus.
by Rand
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Forest Preservation and Conservation
Topic: Emerald Ash Borer Damage.
Replies: 0
Views: 1198

Emerald Ash Borer Damage.

Like the rest of the state my parents got on the ash tree planting bandwagon when they moved around 2000. They tried to treat the trees, but they started to decline anyway and they gave up. I helped cut most of them down ~2015, and they've been happily regrowing from the roots since then. So far so ...
by Rand
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Arkansas
Topic: Big Ozark chinquapin
Replies: 5
Views: 2493

Re: Big Ozark chinquapin

Wow. That compares favorably to the surviving American trees you find here and there. In my Uncle's woods there are a few small hills left over from when he dug the pond. I wonder if they drain well enough to enable these trees to survive, since they are said to grow fine on limestone bedrock in the...

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