Welcome to my second monthly tree-following link box after taking over the project from Loose and Leafy. The box is now closed but you’ll find everyone’s links at the bottom of the post.
In the UK most of the tree leaves have fallen now, although I can still see yellow sycamore and hazel leaves hanging on in a sheltered corner of my garden. We had a very wet and windy November here – I wonder what the weather has been like where you live?
I love learning new things and the tree at the top of this post has taught me that larches are not the only conifers that lose their foliage in winter. I’m afraid I always thought they were.
I spotted that tree beside the red bridge in Cardiff’s Bute Park in November and at first I thought it was dying…
Of course it didn’t take much Googling to discover it was a species of swamp cypress that does indeed shed its leaves – and they ARE called leaves, not needles. At first I thought it was a Taxodium distichum (common names are the bald cypress, southern cypress, white cypress, tidewater red cypress, Gulf cypress or swamp cypress). But the Cardiff Council parks website tells me it is a Taxodium ascendens or pond cypress, a close relative of the swamp cypress.
Both are native to the Everglades and Gulf states on the USA and can grow with their feet in water. This park example can enjoy our Welsh wet weather without paddling in the nearby river Taff.
Soon after spotting this tree I read an article about deciduous conifers in a gardening magazine and learned that as well as the larches and swamp cypresses, dawn redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) are also deciduous conifers. I know there is one of those in Bute Park, too, so in 2016 I must keep an eye on these individuals, as I do intend to learn more about conifers.
Let’s all meet up again in January, with a whole new year of tree-following to look forward to!
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The December tree-following link box is now closed, but here are all the contributions we received this month…
Thank you to everyone – see you all again on January 7, in 2016!