Trees on the Yale Nature Walk

Tree ID: 95
Date of tree entry: February 6, 2019
This tree is situated in a fairly isolated patch of ground on a somewhat rocky hillside with decent light exposure due to it's proximity to the open space of a parking lot. In addition to the massive circumference of the tree, the carvings of visitors from years ago still adorn the trunk of this otherwise silvery smooth beech.
Tree ID: 92
Date of tree entry: February 5, 2019
Tree ID: 94
Date of tree entry: February 5, 2019
This cucumber tree is situated in a fairly isolated patch of lawn outside of Marsh Hall. Because it is one of two very tall trees in the immediate area, it has access to plenty of sunlight. These trees grow best in moist, rich, well-drained loams, and it appears that the soil our tree is growing in meets this description. They also tend to grow in a scattered manner rather than in groves. Cucumber trees are native to North America, and especially to the Appalachian belt and the southeastern United States. Additionally, there is a populuation in Southern Ontario, which makes the Cucumber tree the only magnolia native to Canada. The large magnolia gets its name from its green, cucumber-like fruits that develop after its greenish-yellow flowers wilt. The leaves, though our tree has not grown any yet, are simple, ovate, alternating leaves that are yellow-green in the summer and gold in the fall. It is unusual for magnolias to have leaves that change color, so this is a relatively unique feature of the Cucumber tree.
Tree ID: 93
Date of tree entry: February 5, 2019
While strolling to the Marsh Botanical Gardens, you can spot this beautiful yellow birch perched in the middle of a sloping hill just off of Prospect Street, near the parking lot of the gardens. This tree can be distinguished because of its complex system of multiple, twisting trunks and of its unusual bark, which has a yellow-gold color, the namesake of this tree. Parts of this bark are almost flake-like, peeling away if touched! Scratching on the birch’s twigs may also give off the scent of a winter-green oil, a kind of natural perfume. Pointy flowers known as catkins, which resemble slender cones, become increasingly apparent in warmer months, so keep your eyes out for those. In the summer and fall especially, this tree provides a wonderful sanctuary for anyone looking for a bit of solace and shade in the sometimes chaotic Elm City, so come pop a squat!
Tree ID: 82
Date of tree entry: April 15, 2018
The Tilia platyphyllos, or Large leaf Linden, is a deciduous tree that is known for the large, pyramidally shaped shade it generates with its foliage (although, it is not observed in these photos because it usually blooms around June). When in bloom, the leaf venation is palmate along a midrib. In June, it blooms pale yellow flowers that droop and has fragrant that attracts bees for pollination. This flowers turn into small, cream colored fruits. The stems turn a reddish color in late spring/early summer to a a dark grey in the late fall.
Tree ID: 85
Date of tree entry: March 28, 2018
The lacebark pine, also known as Bunge's pine or the white-barked pine, is a pine tree native to the mountainous regions of northeast and central China. It can reach heights of 25 m and can withstand temperatures down to -26 degrees Celsius. It's known for its trademark "lace" bark--its bark is grey-green but can peel to reveal pale yellow "scales," which often turn olive brown, red, or purple when exposed to light. It is often cultivated as a part of ornamental gardens and is a symbol of longevity.
Tree ID: 91
Date of tree entry: April 11, 2018
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The American persimmon on February 8, 2018
Tree ID: 90
Date of tree entry: April 10, 2018
This tree produces fragrant flowers that are dioecious, meaning that each tree only has one gender of flowers. At around six years of age, American persimmon trees can produce round orange fruits upon pollination by wind and insects.
Tree ID: 87
Date of tree entry: April 9, 2018
The California Incense-Cedar is a fire tolerant plant native to forest fire prone California. The tree has many attractive features that has made it an important tree for indigenous tribes. Today, it is grown all over the world for its aesthetically pleasing addition to gardens. It can reach heights of 40-60 meters and diameters as large as 3 m.
Tree ID: 88
Date of tree entry: February 7, 2018
With branches broader and more open than many other species of juniper, the Arizona Cypress is often used as a windbreak tree and can be found in western Texas, the southern High Plains, and the arid American Southwest, where it can tolerate the hot, dry conditions (1). The Arizona Cypress var. arizonica grows 20-25 m tall with a diameter of up to 75 cm (10). The tree is sometimes cultivated for use as a Christmas tree (2)

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