The Friday Tree for this week is either dead easy or very difficult – let’s find out, shall we? What tree is this? Place your comments below.
Two trees grow next to each other in a woods in the Bluegrass region of Central Kentucky. Can you identify them? Are these two different species or one? Post your answers in the comments below or on Facebook, then tune in for a discussion of these pictures tomorrow. Over the next couple of weeks, […]
The Old Schoolhouse Tree on Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY, is featured in the Lexington Herald-Leader today. This tree is at the front of a housing development project by Ball Homes, and is under the care of Venerable Trees, Inc., and Big Beaver Tree Care. The tree has become much more visible since we cleared brush and […]
The Friday Tree for this week may stump some of you, but it is not really very hard. Give it a try in the comments below or on our Facebook Page. (click for a much larger picture)
Canopy shyness is the tendency of trees to reduce competition between adjacent trees by maintaining a space between branches. It is easy to see in tropical forest canopies. which tend to be flatter than temperate canopies. Looking up into a tropical forest canopy (in this case a lowland forest in Peninsular Malaysia), you can see […]
Killing ginkgo trees is not easy. The most ancient tree species on earth, it seems to have outlived most of its pests and pathogens. The main cause of death for urban ginkgo trees is damage from mowers and string trimmers, and soil compaction. A ginkgo in Bell Place Park, in Lexington, KY, is on the […]
We think of summer as the “growing season” and we are used to our garden plants growing all summer. For most trees, though, growth takes place mostly in the early spring. Most trees in temperate regions produce a single flush of growth – the bud opens, and leaves that were formed the previous year expand […]
The Friday Tree for this week is an introduction to several articles about oaks coming up next week at Venerable Trees. Oaks form the foundation of the forests of eastern North America. In abundance, size, diversity and usefulness, no other eastern tree comes close. There are fifty oak species in eastern North America, and oaks […]
A lot of people called the city yesterday about the construction damage at Woodland Park, and the city responded. The city asked the contractor to remove vehicles from the park, and they appear to have done so to a degree. There is still a tracked vehicle parked next to one of the young beech trees. […]
Woodland Park in Lexington KY is the most important park in the city. Located in the heart of the city, heavily used for swimming, skateboarding, ball games and picnics, it is a tree-covered, shady refuge. Many of the trees in the park are huge, old trees including some venerable, presettlement trees. But today, the trees […]
Look at the two leaves below. The oak leaf has flat, rather dull drops. The redbud leaf has round, shiny drops. If you look around at leaves after a rain, you will see some leaves with round, shiny raindrops like the redbud, while other leaves will have flat drops like the oak, or will shed […]
This week’s Friday Tree was tricky. Some of you got it, and some of you were very close. The two reasonable guesses were Catalpa, Catalpa speciosa, or desert-willow, Chilopsis linearis. The flowers of both these trees are similar, and they are closely related, but they occupy very different habitats: catalpa is a midwestern tree of […]
Here is a rather tricky Friday Tree for you. What tree is this? Where does it come from?
I love taking pictures of urban trees at night. This tree, on the University of Kentucky campus was lit by street lights on a foggy, moonlight night. The orange glow is from the street and building lights illuminating the fog. If you’d like to own this picture, make a donation to Venerable Trees today. (The […]
A magnificent bur oak growing in a pasture in Woodford County, KY has lessons for us about managing old trees. Our Chief Scout, Jason DeBold, found this tree. The tree is a huge old bur oak that lost its top a long time ago, probably to lightning. Like many old trees, this tree has completely […]
Venerable Trees, Inc, has a single mission – to conserve ancient trees and woodland pastures for future generations. We are holding a brief fundraiser to provide seed funding for two of our most important projects, Stems for STEM and our mapping program for woodland pastures. As a benefit to our donors, we are offering high-quality […]
Friday tree followup – Several people got this. Although the bark is unusually pale, this is a common persimmon, Diospyros virginiana. Persimmon is a common tree in Kentucky and is interesting year-round. The bark, resembling alligator hide, makes it easy to identify. In late fall, after a few cold nights, the fruit is ripe and […]
Here is the first Friday Tree. Each week, we will post a picture of a tree and see who knows what it is (on our Facebook page). When you post on the Facebook Page, tell us a little bit about your own experience with the tree. Then, once we have some good choices, we’ll provide […]
Venerable Trees, Inc. and Andrea James, together with other partners soon to be named, are pleased to announce a new program to involve kids on the North Side of Lexington in nature study and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects. The program is called Stems for STEM. Lexington parks are home to an […]
Urban parks in Lexington Kentucky contain many trees that were growing long before the parks were established. It is common for parks to include large, old trees, but these usually were planted after estalishment of the parks. In Lexington, most urban parks in the older parts of town were small parts of large estates. The […]
Yes they do. Llamas and a bur oak in the Nashville Basin. The white one just wanted to roll around in the dust, but the brown one was determined to have some bur oak for breakfast. (Click the picture for a bigger, better-looking version).
Venerable Trees will be offering several workshops over the next few months. Details of workshops will be posted soon. Please note that registration is required for all workshops and there are fees for some. Note: Some Dates have changes. Here are the upcoming workshops. All are on Saturdays. Saturday, August 29, 8am-2pm – Lexington Urban […]
The goal of Venerable Trees, Inc is to conserve woodland pastures in rural areas and to preserve ancient trees in urban developments whenever possible. We recognize that it is not always possible to preserve every ancient tree in a development. However, there should be a public discussion before any tree is removed. The bur oak […]
Urban forestry often focuses on planting and management of young trees. Very large, old trees are rare in urban settings outside of parks and cemeteries. Not so in the Bluegrass, where huge, ancient trees are abundant throughout our cities and towns. In the Bluegrass, cities have grown up on land that used to be woodland […]
One of the most important tasks for Venerable Trees, Inc, is to evaluate the age of Bluegrass trees. Here is a slideshow showing preparation of a tree stump for tree ring analysis. More will be added as we complete this analysis.