Tree following link box for February 2017
February 7, 2017 by squirrelbasket
What’s wrong with this picture? The Bute Park label says Torreya nucifera – Japanese nutmeg tree, family Taxaceae. Think about it and I will tell you what’s wrong later…
The February tree-following link box is now closed, but at the bottom of this post you will find links to the excellent contributions we received this month.
You will see that some people have already chosen a new tree for 2017 – but why not join us? There’s no rush, you can join in at any time and you don’t really have to do it every single month if that’s too much. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.
But for now back to that “Japanese nutmeg tree”. I was intrigued by its label when I spotted it nearly a year ago, and even considered following it. But the other day I realised a big mistake…
That winter-bare “Japanese nutmeg tree” in Bute Park
A leaf still hangs on to the tree – but it looks just like…
…my own Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum) tree – pictured here in November 2010 – it’s also sometimes called alligatorwood because of its bark
Of course! The “family Taxaceae” label should have alerted me. When I checked, the Japanese nutmeg tree is a conifer! I wonder if some joker has moved the label from a nearby tree or if it’s a genuine parks department error?
I am now guessing the real nutmeg tree is the conifer on the right of this group – the sweetgum tree is right behind, in the middle. By the way, the one in front of it is a Chinese tulip poplar, Liriodendron chinense (although not labelled) – I recognised it from its lovely leaves one autumn and considered following that tree, too!
Here are this month’s contributions:
June – The Cynical Gardener – Malus domestica ‘James Grieve’
Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince
Erika Groth in Sweden – rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
Liz in Kentucky – tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Pat – Squirrelbasket – the chosen 100
Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – fossil Powell Palmetto, perhaps?
Amy in the Sonoran Desert (A Small Sunny Garden) – Arizona rosewood (Vauquelinia californica)
John Kingdon – The Rivendell Garden Blog – Malus aforethought
April Hughes – RedGage – Liriodendron tulipifera
Mike – Flighty’s Plot – dogwood (Cornus)
Spring is on its way to the Northern hemisphere, so here’s to even more followers next time. And it would be great to have someone from the Southern Hemisphere, too…
Thank you to everyone – see you all again on March 7!