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Oak (Quercus robur) in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park, May 24, 2016

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As I expected, the pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, has now lost its fresh spring green colours and the leaves are dark and leathery. But the transformation has happened in just a fortnight, between my two visits this month.

Now that the tree has settled down for the “boring bit” of the year (in my humble opinion), I also looked under and around the tree to see what I could find.

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New leaf of alder (Alnus glutinosa)

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Here we are again with the monthly shout-out to all tree followers. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

The June tree-following link box is now closed, but at the bottom of this post you will find links to all the wonderful contributions we received this month…

Here in Wales we have had quite a bit of sunshine but there have been strong north-easterly breezes for weeks now, which add a chill to the air early and late in the day. We usually have damp, warm south-westerly winds, coming in off the Atlantic. I wonder what the weather has been like in your part of the world? (more…)

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Swamp cypress in January

This year I intend to bore you all silly with conifers! I aim to identify as many species as I can and have been spending the winter making observations, at a time when most other trees lose their leaves and evergreen conifers are obvious in the landscape. Having said that, I am starting with a conifer that also loses its leaves (apparently not called “needles” in this case).

I never knew deciduous conifers existed – apart from the larch (Larix decidua) – until last November, when I first observed this swamp cypress (Taxodium distichum) close to the red footbridge in Cardiff’s Bute Park. (more…)

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Here is another selection of tree news articles from around the world. Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.

A bird’s eye view at arboretum

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A wonderful aerial walkway has been built at the Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire – lots of pictures from the Daily Mail…

How bear dung helps cherry trees

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The New Scientist says bears help move Japanese cherry trees uphill to cooler habitats…

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New leaves on April 26 on the oak I am following in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff

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As I hoped and feared, everything happened all at once in April to the oak tree I am following in Cardiff’s Thompson’s Park. I had planned to visit every week to keep track of progress but in the end I made only two visits, on April 26 and on May 10. And how different it looked on those two occasions.

On my first visit the leaves were gold and burgeoning. There were also many “catkin” flowers, but these had mostly fallen like furry caterpillars to the ground by my second visit.

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Copper beech (Fagus sylvatica purpurea) coming into leaf

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Here we are again with the monthly shout-out to all tree followers. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

The May tree-following link box is now closed, but at the bottom of this post you will find links to all the wonderful contributions we received this month…

Here in Cardiff everything is very dappled. And it made me think that the Impressionist artists who used “pointillism” had the right idea. The trees that are just starting to wake up for spring are very “dotty” and every dot is a leaf, or a flower. (more…)

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Fallen chestnut tree in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, April 26

How will it end? This old horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, was felled by the gale we called Storm Imogen on February 8 (see my blog post here). But it doesn’t know it’s dead. I have been photographing it for the last couple of months as it came into leaf and flower as normal, despite being horizontal. (more…)

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