Tuesday, September 23, 2014
#treetuesday introduces what is probably one of the most invasive species ever introduced into the Unites States First introduced as a flowering ornamental at the Philadelphia Continental Exposition in 1876. In the 1930s and '40s, the government rebranded kudzu as a remedy for soil erosion and as cattle feed.
In the southern U.S. kudzu is reportedly used to make soaps, lotions, contribute to compost, and the fiber used to make baskets.
***All of these photos taken near a street where I live in southwest VA where it rambles over abandoned trees and even over an invasive bamboo.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The thorns arising from the woody trunks and stems
give this small tree its name.
Aralia spinosa, aka The Devil's Walking Stick or Hercules Club, is our #treetuesday woody plant of the week. In the ginseng (Aralia) family it is native to eastern North America. It's been many years since I've seen a stand of them, but found these in a much cutover slope near Charlottesville, Va.
Small white flowers develop into these showy maroon berries
in the autumn
The tri-pinnately compound leaves are another distinguishing
characteristic of this handsome but straggly tree.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Ginkgo biloba, commonly called the gingko or the maidenhair tree, is an ancient and unique species with no living relatives. Often called a living fossil, the gingko is similar to fossils dating back 270 million years. It is native to China, was introduced early to human history and cultivation. It has various uses in traditional medicine, and its fruit is a source of food in Asian cooking. The gingko, preferably the male of this dioecious species, makes a handsome and adaptable urban ornamental.
Monday, September 1, 2014
First Day of Autumn
In 2014, the autumnal equinox brings the fall season to the Northern Hemisphere on: September 22 at 10:29 P.M. EDT. The days are getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere. Day and night are approximately equal in length.
Sun peeking through hickory tree leaves around noon.
Gathering up oak and hickory tree leaves using a gasoline-powered blower.