Category Archives: Trees & Shrubs

Northeast Passage

Perpendicular to one of the straight paved paths of the park, a natural dirt trail traces a horseshoe-shaped meander through the Fall woods. This leg of the shoe follows a narrow creek. Advertisements

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Insects and Peppermints

Like a fuzzy mint confection, this Wool sower gall was a sweet treat for the eyes. Created by the Wool sower wasp (Callirhytis seminator) — or by its grubs — it’s apparently not dangerous to its host (a White oak, … Continue reading

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Huckleberry Found

Ranging from red through pink to white, bell-shaped flowers hung in small clusters on shrubs along a woodland path. They may belong to a Black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata) or something similar.

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Beginning to see the leaf

Although they look more like pink flowers, I think these fleshy lobes along the stem may be the emerging leaves — perhaps those of a Black cherry tree (Prunus serotina).

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Creature from the White Cocoon

Armored in green spikes, these catkins certainly look more menacing than the cottony centers from whence they came. Though pine-like in appearance, I think they’re on some type of willow tree.

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Guacamolde

Little bits of mold-like moss or lichen grew in just the right way around a fallen log’s knot to suggest a split avocado.

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Ah, baccharis!

Along one section of dunes on Sandy Hook, several Eastern baccharis bushes (Baccharis halimifolia) were covered with fluffy, white-plumed fruits with purple bases. Like tiny paint brushes or clothes whisks, these whispy elements gave the shrubs an overall feathery look.

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