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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.

Mystery of the bent trees

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Trunks that veer into a right angle found across the US could be secret Native American trail markers, according to MailOnline…

Mass planting tries to reverse ‘tree cemetery’ of the Monaro

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A huge area of eucalyptus has been killed in New South Wales, but planting is going on to replace them with new habitat, according to Australia’s ABC…

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Sunshine through oak leaves, July 2016

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It’s the height of summer and the pedunculate oak (Quercus Robur) in the middle of Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, is looking remarkably healthy for such an old tree.

Mostly it is one mass of leathery green leaves, so I had to inspect it closely for some time before I found anything to report.

I was eventually pleased to spot a few interesting details as well as taking pictures of the usual “general views”.
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Avenue of horse chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum) in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff

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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.

It’s a mixed picture in Cardiff – most trees are at peak summer green-ness and starting to look scruffy, some with disease, others because the leaves have been ripped to shreds by rain and brisk winds.

I wouldn’t be surprised if some more northern trees followed by our friends in Scandinavia are only just flowering.

But here many trees, both native and exotic, are at the fruit/nut/seed stage. (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.

‘It smells so bad you can taste it’

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Grey-headed flying foxes are making life a misery in an Australian tourist town, so their trees may be chopped down, says the Guardian…

Why Oakmont waged a war on trees

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pennsylvania country club has felled 7,500 trees since it last hosted the US Open golf tournament…

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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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