What is a tree that lives only in the coldest and harshest ecosystems at timberline in the northern Cascades?
Norway maple has been widely planted in North America as a landscape tree and along city streets. In return, grand fir from the Pacific Northwest has been introduced in Norway.
Do you have western hemlocks in your yard? In the late-summer heat, consider watering them!
Have you seen Norway spruce growing as a landscape tree in the Pacific NW? It turns out Norwegians extensively planted Sitka spruce in Norway starting about 100 years ago.
Do you ever wonder how to distinguish a western redcedar from the many other trees (native and cultivated) that we call cedars, cypresses, or junipers? The trick is butterflies.
Have you ever seen Douglas maples in abundance? ... I haven't either, until a recent week-long trip to Cypress Island near Anacortes, Washington.
Where are all the Douglas-fir green cones this year? Is this a sign of trouble?
What is that "snow" drifting through the air? It's the fluffy seeds of black cottonwood.
As a rule-of-thumb, most seed cones (female cones) tend to grow in the upper portions of trees. Why is this?
What are those "mousetails" sticking out from Douglas-fir cones? They are called "bracts." Learn about bracts here.
What are seed cones? What are pollen cones? Are they different? Learn about cones here.