Sunday, October 17, 2010

This Blog will Move

I will be moving to a different bog company shortly.

4 Sep2011
As you can see I stayed with Blogspot. The room for photos ran out but I now post them on photobucket and link this blog to them.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Advanced Regeneration

 In an Oak forest the theme has been on our watch (modern forest practice) to stop fires. This change in the normal events of nature has led to a problem for oaks. The hole you see is because of a Shumard oak dying. I came here to see what tree will take its place.
 The mighty shumard oak has fallen and now decaying after a few years. Click on the Shumard oak link below to see earlier posts of this tree.

Trying to get a photo of the tree most likely to take its place is a maple. Maples are not as valuable as oaks and are further along the progression of a forest moving from a vibrant stand of oaks to more modest trees that come up under them without any disturbance.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bitternut Hickory

 Here is a Bitternut hickory tree that is growing in the open in a park. I live near here and I know for at least 17 years this tree has grown in the open. So this tree has an opportunity to be a wolf tree. A wolf tree has a short bole and wide branches. They grow this way because of no competition. But this tree has not taken advantage of this freedom of growth.

 There is some dark growth on the twigs of this hickory. You can also see the terminal bud which ID's it as a bitternut hickory. Long fuzzy yellow/orange bug.

 Here is a photo of the hickory nut. Notice the ridges on the end of the nut. This ID's it as Bitternut hickory.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Boxelder Maple

 Unusual Boxelder maple with twisted bole. This tree has recently been damaged by a wind storm.

Friday, October 08, 2010


I don't see Paw paw trees growing tall often. These are over 15' tall. This is usually an understory tree. The diameter of these trees were all under 2". It is reported that the tree seldom reaches a height of over 20'.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Shingle Oak

 Here is a Shingle oak I measured:
height 82.8'
Canopy 63' one way and 67' the other
Circumference 7' 11 1/2"
Total points of 194.6

Here is a list for the champion trees in Missouri.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Northern Red Oak

 Hiking at the edge of the woods I saw this dominate stem. I went into the woods to investigate.

 I measured the diameter as 8' 3 1/16"

 The tree height will have to come later. It had grown as tall as trees uphill from it.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Mulberry Branch

 Here is an example of a Mulberry (red) branch that is growing sideways to get light. I thought the tree was over topped and had sent this lateral to acquire light. As I backed up to see what was overtopping the tree there was nothing above it. So it is a riddle. There may have been a tree there that had died in the past.

Maybe the tree has recently gained dominance in the forest  and sent out this branch before that happened.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Chinese Elm

 I ran across these Chinese elm during my lunch hike. The soft color green is due to the small leaves also the trees have been ravaged by bugs that have eaten parts of the leaves. These trees are still going strong.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Pin Oak

The acorn cap just covers the top of the acorn.

I got some photos of Pin oak the other day. Notice the acorns have pin stripes down the side.  The bark is unusually smooth for a mature tree. The lobes are extra wide and the leave lobes are thin.

Saturday, October 02, 2010