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Which one is native to the Pacific Northwest?

Three of these might be found on your dinner table. The other is a native tree of the Pacific Northwest. Which are which?

What's a maple flower?

Do native maple trees bear flowers? If so, what do they look like? How can I recognize them?

After Snowpocalypse, how are the trees doing?

Here in the Pacific NW, we had an uncommonly cold and snowy February. Did this affect the new buds on trees and shrubs?

In the fall, why are alder leaves on the forest floor still green?

In the fall, leaves on alder trees remain stubbornly green, even after they fall to the forest floor. This is because alder trees do not remove the green chlorophyll from the leaves before sending them to "recycling." Why not?

Maple seeds: nature's helicopters

This is the season that winged seeds of maple trees helicopter down to the ground. What advantage do the whirling seeds provide to maple trees?