Trees on the Yale Nature Walk

Tree ID: 130
Date of tree entry: April 21, 2021
This is a Japanese Maple Tree : Seiryu. It is one of the many cultivars of the Japanese maple and can be found worldwide as a stunning addition to one’s garden!
Tree ID: 141
Date of tree entry: March 1, 2021
Callery pear trees are very tall and beautiful. If you catch them in the springtime, they are covered in beautiful white flowers, and you can usually smell them from a block away as they produce a very strong odor. They bear fruit that is usually consumed by birds, not humans. This tree is known to be an invasive species. This tree not only serves as a decoration to whatever environment it may be in, but also as a shelter and food resource for birds.
Tree ID: 137
Date of tree entry: April 15, 2021
People might think of their annual trip to pick out a Christmas Tree when they look at a Norway Spruce, and they are exactly right! The Norway Spruce is a large pyramidal tree that is dark green in color with long, cylindrical cones. Not only are they extremely popular for the holiday season, but they are also widely used for construction, pulp, furniture and musical instruments. Fun fact #1: The name of this tree is a bit of a misnomer. Although the species does grow in Norway, the Norway Spruce grew in Eurasia, the Black Forest and other parts of the continent long before making its way to Norway. Fun fact #2: The tree at the Rockefeller Center every year during the holidays is a Norway Spruce. Fun fact #3: The young branches in a Norway Spruce are often used to make beer.
Tree ID: 134
Date of tree entry: April 13, 2021
The American Elm is a species native to the eastern part of North America. It is a large deciduous, hermaphroditic tree that produces small perfect flowers in early spring. The flowers are wind pollinated, however, since they are protogynous (the female organs maturing before the male organs) this greatly reduces the chances of self fertilization. These kinds of trees can grow to more than 100 feet and they often provide great shade with their umbrella-like canopy. You have probably passed by this specific tree if you have ever taken a stroll on the New Haven Green. Unsurprisingly, this is one of very many American Elms on the Green. Maybe that's why New Haven is called Elm City!
Tree ID: 138
Date of tree entry: February 24, 2021
Loquats are evergreen trees that originated in China and grow in subtropical regions all over the world. The tree pictured is one of four loquat trees in my backyard and is approximately five years old. This tree accidentally grew in this spot because my dad threw the seeds into the grass here after eating a fruit from one of the other trees. The fruits that this tree produces are tangy and sweet, and its leaves make an aromatic tea.
Tree ID: 133
Date of tree entry: April 5, 2021
This generous magnolia tree welcomes strangers and residents alike, whether they're rushing to class or walking home after a long day of work. Its fragrant, early-spring blossoms bring joy and vibrance to the neighborhood in the spring, and its ovular leaves turn a festive orange-y green in the fall. The Saucer Magnolia is a hybrid first bred in France in 1820, and despite this ones height, it is actually a large spreading shrub which takes its name from the pink and white saucer-like flowers. Its ease of cultivation and relative tolerance to a range of weather and soil conditions makes it a popular tree for the home garden. hint: can you find the pair of "bluebirds" who live by this tree?
Saucer magnolia, early blooms
Tree ID: 143
Date of tree entry: March 21, 2021
This tree is located in my backyard! It's one of my favorite trees with its lovely flowers, heavy floral perfume, and rich, leafy green canopy during the summertime.
Tree ID: 150
Date of tree entry: March 1, 2021
The Norway Spruce may be one of the most iconic trees to exist. These trees originated from Europe and now resides in the 2/3 of Northeast United States and in East Canada as well. They could grow to be over 100 feet tall and 25 feet wide and live up to approximately 300 years. Given their massive size and long life span, their prevalence in human history has been clearly noted in human culture. For instance, this type of tree is considered to be the "Christmas Tree," even being placed in Rockefeller center for Christmas. Also, some other fun facts about the Norway Spruce include using their young branches to make beer, shoot tips for medical ointments and concoctions, and wood for instruments or furniture pieces. Its sheer size, population, human applications, and cultural significance highlight how significance of the Norway Spruce.
River Birch
Tree ID: 128
Date of tree entry: February 25, 2021
The newly developed Science Hill, overlooking Hillhouse Ave., is filled with trees and shrubs, including several Betula nigra, or river birch, individuals. This specimen, located just across from Kroon Hall, is situated in a small garden area next to a ramp and walkway, distanced but within eyesight of the Forest Garden (between Kroon and Sage halls). The young (in 2021) river birch has five trunks, and is approximately 5.08m tall. Due to its age, this river birch sheds its bark in thin and loose curls every spring in preparation for the new growing season.
Tree ID: 140
Date of tree entry: February 25, 2021
The Jacaranda is hard to miss when it's in full bloom with its alluring bluish-purple flowers. Once the flowers begin to fall and line the streets, they create a stunning carpet that almost makes you forget the rush of traffic and people that surround you. The tree I chose (and there were many Jacarandas to chose from) has been a highlight of my visits to the nearby park with my dogs. Although all traces of its signature purple flowers are gone, I know I will continue to appreciate it now that I have learned more about its biology and history. ----------------------------- Es difícil pasar por alto la Jacaranda cuando está en plena floración con sus atractivas flores de color púrpura azulado. Una vez que las flores comienzan a caer y se juntan en las calles, crean una alfombra deslumbrante que casi te hace olvidar el tráfico y la gente que te rodea. El árbol que elegí (había muchas Jacarandas para elegir) ha sido lo más destacado de mis visitas al parque con mis perros. Aunque todos los rastros de sus flores moradas han desaparecido, sé que continuaré apreciándola ahora que he aprendido más sobre su biología e historia.