Horticulture

In Plain Sight

During the growing season, it’s easy to know the name of a tree. The clues are familiar, often learned when we were children. It could be the unique shape of a leaf, like the mittens and gloves of the sassafras, or the autumn color of a sugar maple, that gives it away. Perhaps it’s the pink-purple flower that appears as a fuchsia cloud as you roll along the interstate in the spring. Even at 70 mph, that color is so distinctive it could only be a redbud.

Knowing a deciduous tree by name in to trigger an eye-roll from the teenagers in the group.

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